All adults at NCYC must be compliant with a safe environment/youth protection program.

Adults Participating with a Delegation

Adults traveling to NCYC as part of a delegation must be compliant with their diocesan program. It is incumbent on the delegation to verify the status of each adult member of the delegation. NFCYM requires that each delegation submit a form to NFCYM attesting to this. Failure to submit the form will result in the delegation being denied their credentials onsite and barred from entry to NCYC events.

Adults Participating in Other Capacities

Adults present at NCYC in other capacities (artists, exhibitors, speakers, etc.) must complete the Archdiocese of Indianapolis' program, Safe and Sacred. Safe and Sacred is an on-line, safe-environment program that is available in English and Spanish, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The program educates participants about how to recognize and address signs of abuse and neglect and create appropriate boundaries. The process also incorporates the authorization of a criminal background check to ensure that the adult has not committed an offense that would disqualify him/her from working with young people. Safe and Sacred credentials (education and background check) are valid for three years. Anyone who completed the program in calendar year 2015 (or after) still have valid credentials, but are encouraged to log into their account to view updated education modules.

For 2017, new artists, exhibitors, speakers, staff, volunteers, etc. should complete the program no later than November 1, 2017, so that background checks can be run in time for NCYC.


instructions for Indianapolis' Safe and Sacred Program

First Time Participants

  1. Visit
  2. Click on Create New Account button and enter the required information. Note the following:

    Position, enter: Volunteer
    Primary Institution, select from drop down based on your role:
    - Exhibit Booth Personnel = INDIANAPOLIS: NCYC Exhibitor
    - Speakers and Artists = INDIANAPOLIS: NCYC Contractor
    - Volunteers = INDIANAPOLIS: NCYC Volunteer
    - Production/Program Staff = INDIANAPOLIS: NCYC Contractor
    Secondary Institution, select "NOT APPLICABLE"
  3. At the bottom, be sure to click the box next to "I understand and agree" and enter the words that appear as graphics. (This is to prove you are not a robot.) Click the "Create my new account" button at the bottom of the page.
  4. Click "Continue" on the next page.
  5. You are now on the page where you authorize the criminal background check. This system is used for employees as well as volunteers. To narrow the scope of the background check, be sure to enter the following in each field. NOTE: Only a criminal background check is performed to verify that NCYC personnel have not committed any offenses that would disqualify them from working with youth and vulnerable adults. The check does NOT include a credit check.

    First field, enter: NCYC
    Second field, enter: Indianapolis
    Third field, enter: Volunteer
    Fourth field, check: Volunteer or Contractor
    Fifth field, check: N/A
    Sixth field, check: N/A
    Seventh field, check:  No
  6. Read the "Applicant Disclosure," then click the box next to “I agree.”  Click “Next.”
  7. This page is a required disclosure. No credit check is performed related to an NCYC role.  Scroll to the bottom and click “Next.”
  8. Complete the "Applicant Release." Don’t forget to type in the text in the box (to verify you are not a robot). Click “Submit.”
  9. Click on the link to the training course. When you have successfully completed the course a certificate will appear. Save or print for your records.

Returning Participants

  1. Visit
  2. Enter your User Name and Password. Both user name and password can be reset by clicking on the link. Your user name is likely your email address.
  3. Click on the updated education course, Protecting Children in the 21st Century. The course could take up to 45 minutes to complete.
  4. Print or save the completion certificate that appears at the end.