Adults present at NCYC in capacities such as artists, exhibitors, speakers, etc. must comply with a diocesan safe environment program.

For those already cleared for service with young people in their home diocese, the Archdiocese of Indianapolis has created the Safe Environment and Youth Protection Affidavit which must be signed by the diocesan safe environment coordinator. (Click here for the list of diocesan safe environment coordinators.) Completed forms should be sent to Ana Hernandez at

For those who are not already cleared for service through their home diocese, the Archdiocese of Indianapolis requires they comply with the Archdiocese's safe environment program, Safe and Sacred. Safe and Sacred is an on-line 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, the program should be completed no later than November 3, 2017, so that background checks can be run in time for NCYC.


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, select: Indianapolis
    Second field, select: ARCH INDPLS YOUTH MINISTRY@
    Third field, select: Coach/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.

Safe and Sacred instructions

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.