Jesus​ ​Youth​ ​is​ ​an​ ​International​ ​Catholic​ ​Youth​ ​Movement​ ​with​ ​a​ ​charismatic spirituality​ ​recognized​ ​by​ ​The​ ​Pontifical​ ​Council​ ​for​ ​Laity​ ​as​ ​an​ ​‘International Private​ ​Association​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Faithful​ ​with​ ​Juridical​ ​personality’.​ ​It​ ​had​ ​its beginnings​ ​in​ ​Kerala​ ​(India)​ ​in​ ​the​ ​early​ ​1980’s​ ​and​ ​is​ ​now​ ​active​ ​in​ ​nearly​ ​30 different​ ​countries​ ​around​ ​the​ ​world.

Jesus​ ​Youth​ ​is​ ​an​ ​initiative​ ​of​ ​young​ ​people,​ ​who,​ ​filled​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Holy​ ​Spirit​ ​try​ ​to reach​ ​out​ ​to​ ​other​ ​young​ ​people​ ​with​ ​the​ ​primary​ ​aim​ ​of​ ​bringing​ ​them​ ​to​ ​an encounter​ ​with​ ​Jesus​ ​Christ​ ​-​ ​in​ ​whom​ ​is​ ​the​ ​fullness​ ​of​ ​life​ ​and​ ​love.​ ​The strength​ ​of​ ​the​ ​movement​ ​is​ ​its​ ​primary​ ​focus​ ​on​ ​a​ ​life​ ​centered​ ​on​ ​the​ ​Lord Jesus​ ​Christ:​ ​beginning​ ​with​ ​an​ ​experience​ ​of​ ​God,​ ​nourished​ ​by​ ​prayer,​ ​Word​ ​of God,​ ​sacraments,​ ​fellowship​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​sharing​ ​the​ ​Good​ ​News​ ​of​ ​Jesus​ ​Christ with​ ​others.

Though​ ​not​ ​an​ ​actual​ ​community,​ ​Jesus​ ​Youth​ ​is​ ​a​ ​network​ ​of​ ​small​ ​but​ ​vibrant groups​ ​of​ ​young​ ​people.​ ​In​ ​their​ ​own​ ​life​ ​situations,​ ​they​ ​strive​ ​to​ ​give​ ​time​ ​to​ ​the Lord,​ ​responding​ ​to​ ​the​ ​challenges​ ​of​ ​today’s​ ​world​ ​in​ ​the​ ​power​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Holy Spirit.