This document is the fruit of collaboration between the Formation and Youth Ministry departments of our Congregation. Spiritual accompaniment, as is becoming more and more clear to us, is central to both youth ministry and formation. At the request of the Rector Major and his Council, the two departments embarked on a fruitful collaboration that involved an extensive exercise of listening to young Salesians and to their spiritual guides. This document is addressed, therefore, to all those who are involved in different ways in the processes of initial formation: spiritual guides, formation guides and confessors; Rectors of those in initial formation. At the core of the document is the invitation to formators and spiritual guides to be truly and genuinely Salesian.