What is the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC)?

The National Catholic Youth Conference is an exciting, biennial three-day experience of prayer, community, and empowerment for Catholic teenagers and their adult chaperones. The schedule includes keynote addresses, concurrent and workshop sessions addressing a wide variety of topics. There are also opportunities for liturgy, reconciliation, prayer and worship, recreation and special activities such as concerts, exhibits, and the interactive thematic park.

Who attends NCYC?

NCYC is open to high school age young people and their chaperones. Most participants are Catholic. Many youth participants are leaders in their local parishes, schools and/or diocese, though many are just beginning to connect to their faith. Some attendees may have participated in previous national or international events such as the World Youth Day. Many are experiencing this type of gathering for the first time.

The next NCYC will be November 16-18, 2017.

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Interested in Being a Youth Animator?

Youth animators are young people chosen from a pool of applicants to lead song, movement and prayer as part of the NCYC main stage programming. No prior formal training is required, but selected youth must:

  • Attend a face-to-face formation program in July 2015
  • Rehearse on their own August to November guided by online videos from the formation program
  • Participate in on-site rehearsals starting Wednesday afternoon prior to the beginning of NCYC

The July 2013 formation program costs approximately $300 per youth plus travel expenses. The formation program fee includes two nights' accommodations, meals and materials. Animators must also register for the 2013 NCYC through their local diocese and pay the delegation package price plus travel (if not included in package), meals, incidentals and an extra night's accommodations. Other potential expenses include those for a chaperone, if required for travel.

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