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National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) is a conference for high schoolers happening every other year on the odd years. Our next conference will be in 2021

NCYC 2021 FAQs

1. What is NCYC? What Happens?

The National Catholic Youth Conference is a powerful, biennial, three-day experience of prayer, community, and empowerment for Catholic teenagers (of high school age) and their adult chaperones. More than 23,000 young people usually attend NCYC. The program includes keynote presentations, prayer, workshops, Mass, and opportunities to participate in reconciliation and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, as well as recreational activities, concerts, and exhibits. A key component of NCYC is the thematic park which is a blend of traditional exhibit booths with interactive areas featuring service projects, games, recreation, live musical performances, arts, and sports. 

2. Trip at a Glance

Conference Theme: Ablaze – Enciende El Fuego
Conference dates: November 18-20, 2021
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Hotel: TBD
Cost: TBD

2. Who Can Go to NCYC 2021? 

Youth:  Any young person who is in grade 9-12.  Participants may not go individually, they must register through a parish delegation with a group leader who can be either paid or volunteer.  This ensures that leaders know who is going from their parish and that proper leadership and supervision are given.  If you decide to lead a group, please check with surrounding parishes where groups are not being organized to see if other youth wish to attend.  

Chaperones:  Chaperones must be 21 years or older. NFCYM requires that there be 2 chaperones for the first 1 to 10 young people. Another adult is required for each 1 to 6 additional youth. For example, this means that a group of 8 youth must be chaperoned by 2 adults, 12 youth by 3 adults, and 17 youth by 4 adults.

Young Adult Assistants:  Young Adult Assistants (YAAs), those age 18-20 and finished with high school, are able to attend NCYC.  Some things to consider: 

  • There cannot be more YAAs than chaperones in any group
  • YAAs are present to “shadow” a chaperone and assist when necessary
  • YAAs cannot stay in youth rooms

3. How will we get there? 

Transportation will be determined by you as the Group Leader.  If you are interested in traveling on the diocesan bus, you will mark that on your registration form. The cost is $90/person. You may choose to travel on the buses or arrange your own transportation (vans, planes, etc.) If you decide to rent cars or vans, please check the diocesan policy!

5. Can my youth volunteer at NCYC?

Absolutely – NFCYM says we will need over 1,000 volunteers to put on this event.  There are two ways youth can get involved. Information about both will come out at a later date.

Youth Animator
Animators take lead roles in general session programming at NCYC as prayer leaders.  These are the youth you see on stage leading prayer and worship during the conference. 

Youth Ambassador
Ambassadors assist at the conference in many ways including introducing speakers and helping with break-out sessions. 

6. How do I register a group? 

Every parish group needs to have a group leader who will be the contact person between the group and the diocese.  This person may be paid or volunteer.  The Group Leader should be the spiritual and organizational head of the group.  This includes not only collecting forms, payments, etc. but also – and more importantly – ensuring that both youth and adults are spiritually prepared through prayer, worship, community and service.

If you know youth at a parish are interested in attending but there are no adults who are able or comfortable in planning the event, contact Katie Daughtrey.  She will work to put your parish in touch with a parish near you who is planning on taking a team.  We want as many youth to attend as possible.

Here are some important things to know before you begin to tackle the forms: 

  1. Know who is going from your parish
  • If the person is a chaperone, make sure that he/she has completed a VIRTUS certification training.  Dates and locations of VIRTUS courses can be found at  They must also have a clear background check (done by your parish) and have signed the Ethics and Integrity in Ministry (EIM).
  1. Think about the logistics of your trip, fundraising, transportation, etc…
  2. See the “Registration Details and Deadlines” page for information on how to register your group and the forms required.

7. How do I find more information?

To see everything in the official NCYC promo packet, go to: 

If you have any questions about NCYC 2021, please contact a member of the planning team.
Registration Coordinator

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