What is youth ministry?
If Christ is presented to young people as he really is, they experience him as an answer that is convincing and they can accept his message, even when it is demanding and bears the mark of the Cross. For this reason, in response to their enthusiasm, I did not hesitate to ask them to make a radical choice of faith and life and present them with a stupendous task: to become “morning watchmen” (cf. Is 21:11-12) at the dawn of the new millennium. - Pope John Paul II (Apostolic Letter Novo Millennio Ineunte #9)
Youth ministry seeks to enable young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ, to draw them into responsible participation in the life and mission of the Church, and to foster their personal and spiritual growth.
Youth ministry must include knowledge of the core content of the Catholic faith through comprehensive and substantive catechesis based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Youth ministry should be able to lead and guide young people to grow in the knowledge of the Catholic faith, in the practice of that faith in light of the principles of Christian morality and social justice, in the celebration of the sacraments, and in the development of their spiritual lives.
(Taken from the National Directory for Catechesis)