The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) accepts and processes registrations by delegation. Delegations are most often diocesan and consist of smaller parish and school groups. However, in cases where the diocese is not a member of NFCYM, or the member diocese is unable to coordinate NCYC participation, then parishes and schools in that diocese may register independently as delegations. Otherwise, all participants must register through their parish or school with the diocese.
Dioceses usually put together an overall NCYC registration package. This package includes not only the registration fee, but also overnight accommodations, travel to/from Indianapolis, ground transportation in Indianapolis, perhaps some meals, and often some kind of t-shirt/hoodie/ hat/scarf/backpack that unifies and identifies the members of the delegation.
Individuals wishing to attend NCYC, should contact their diocesan youth ministry office to inquire about NCYC registration package details and for deadlines for submission of payment(s) and forms.
Who Can Register?
NFCYM is pleased to welcome high school age young people and their adult chaperones to the biennial National Catholic Youth Conference. To participate in NCYC, youth should be in high school in the Fall of 2019. Chaperones must be over the age of 21 and in compliance with their diocese's safe environment policies. Participation by those not yet in high school is permitted, but not encouraged. (Nursing moms are welcome to bring their babies. The Indiana Convention Center has a lactation room.) The diocesan delegation leader makes the final determination of eligibility to attend NCYC. (See Participation Guidelines.)
How to Register?
If you are a young person, parent, pastor, principal, youth ministry leader, or other individual interested in registering for NCYC, contact your diocesan youth ministry office for details, package costs, and deadlines. Typically, it is the diocesan director of youth ministry who acts as the delegation leader. On occasion, a parish or Catholic high school leader may act as the delegation leader, especially if no diocesan leader is present.
Why Does NFCYM Register (Mainly) through Dioceses?
As a membership organization of Catholic diocesan, organizational, constitutive, and associate members, NFCYM chooses to process NCYC registrations through its member dioceses. On occasion a diocese may not participate as a diocese. This could be because the diocese is not a member of NFCYM or the member diocese does not have sufficient resources to coordinate. In these cases, parishes and schools in that diocese are authorized for "direct registration." Direct registration means that the parish/school leader acts as the delegation and group leader.
Can individuals register on their own?
Unfortunately, no. NCYC is not designed for individual participation. Individuals must attend as part of a delegation. Youth must be chaperoned and chaperones must be in compliance with their diocese's safe environment policies.
NFCYM does offer scholarship opportunities for NCYC. We are currently putting the new NCYC scholarship application and process, and hope to have information posted for dioceses and delegations by March 2019. If you have any specific questions please feel free to reach out to Matt Alpaugh, NFCYM Development Director, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration fees are based on two factors: the delegation's NFCYM membership status and the date by which registration is received. Most delegations set earlier deadlines and create registration packages that also include hotel accommodations, some meals, a t-shirt, and perhaps travel or ground transportation. Check with your diocese for details.
by June 30, 2019
by September 30, 2019
on or after October 1, 2019