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2024 NCYC Social Media Contest Rules & Guidelines

How many young people do you know with a gift for making videos? Encourage them to share that talent for a chance to win a pass to the 2024 National Catholic Youth Conference.

The 2024 NCYC Social Media Contest is an opportunity for high school students to showcase their creativity by crafting a fun and engaging commercial-style video about NCYC.

For any questions regarding the 2024 NCYC Social Media Contest, email [email protected].

1. Eligibility:

  • The contest is open to high school students over the age of 13.
  • Participants must be enrolled in high school during the 2024-25 school year.
  • Participants are eligible to participate regardless of whether they have previously attended NCYC.
  • Participants must have a public Instagram account to enter.
  • *Note: A teen can post their video on their guardian/parent or youth group’s account, if they prefer to keep their personal account private. Note that the prize will only be awarded to the individual teen.

2. Entry Requirements:

  • Create a 30 to 60-second commercial-style video promoting the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) explaining why others should attend and what makes it a unique and impactful experience.
  • Incorporate the theme “El Camino | The Way” creatively into your video, demonstrating how NCYC is a journey towards personal growth and spiritual discovery.
  • Must mention the event date and location: November 14-16, in Long Beach, CA.
  • Upload the video to Instagram with the hashtag #NCYCCommercialContest and tag @ncycofficial.

3. Contest Guidelines:

  • Videos should be original and creative.
  • Video must be recorded in vertical format
  • Avoid content that may be considered offensive, inappropriate, or disrespectful.
  • Do not use copyrighted music or materials without permission.
  • Video must be posted on a public Instagram account with appropriate hashtags.
  • Video caption should include the first name of the teen entering the contest. If the teen is chosen as a winner, NFCYM will reach out for more information.
  • *Note: This contest is intended for new participants. NFCYM will not reimburse a winner for a previously purchased pass. The prize pass is transferable to another youth participant.

4. Judging Criteria:

  • Creativity: How unique and innovative is the commercial in using sounds and imagery? (25%)
  • Presentation: How well is the message communicated and the video produced? (25%)
  • Theme Incorporation: How creatively and effectively does the video tie in the theme “El Camino | The Way”? (25%)
  • Impact: How effectively does the commercial convey the benefits and excitement of NCYC? (25%)

5. Incentives:

  • Grand Prize: One free ticket to NCYC, NCYC T-Shirt, have your video played during one of the general sessions, and access to the VIP lounge for a meet and greet with Catholic speakers and artists.
  • Runner-Up Prizes: One ticket to NCYC for 2nd and 3rd place winners.
  • *Note: The prize will only be awarded to the individual teen. If a teen is not joining a diocesan delegation or parish group, they must have a chaperone accompany them at NCYC. It is the teen and their chaperone’s responsibility to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses.

6. Entry Period:

  • The contest begins on July 15, 2024, and ends on August 2, 2024.
  • Entries submitted after the end date will not be considered.

7. Winner Selection:

  • A panel of judges appointed by NCYC will review all eligible entries.
  • Winners will be announced via NCYC’s official Instagram account.

8. Rights and Permissions:

  • By entering the contest, participants grant NCYC the right to share and promote their videos on NCYC’s social media channels and website.

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2023 Host

Mari Pablo

Mari Pablo is a proud Hispanic and cradle Catholic whose life was wrecked in the best possible way when she finally decided to stop fighting and surrender it all to Him. Mari has joyfully worked in youth ministry for over fifteen years, both as a youth minister and theology teacher, and as a presenter for Ascension Press. Mari has a deep love for food but an even greater love for Christ and is dedicated to helping others encounter Him.

2023 Host

Sr. Josephine Garrett, CSFN

Sister Josephine is a native Texan, raised baptist in Houston Texas. Jesus called her to religious life in 2011 and in 2020 Sister made her final vows as a Sister of the Holy Family of Nazareth. She ministers as a licensed mental health counselor, and also serves on the community vocations team and as a national speaker. 

You will now be directed to NFCYM.ORG to complete registration.

ABOUT NFCYM

The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) is a membership organization dedicated to advancing the field of pastoral ministry to young people.

Members enjoy:

  • Professional training, resourcing, and support
  • Full access to our resources and webinars,
  • Special rates to NFCYM events, and more.

ABOUT NFCYM

The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) is a membership organization dedicated to advancing the field of pastoral ministry to young people.

Members enjoy:

  • Professional training, resourcing, and support
  • Full access to our resources and webinars,
  • Special rates to NFCYM events, and more.

You will now be directed to NFCYM.ORG to complete registration.

2023 Host

Mari Pablo

Mari Pablo is a proud Hispanic and cradle Catholic whose life was wrecked in the best possible way when she finally decided to stop fighting and surrender it all to Him. Mari has joyfully worked in youth ministry for over fifteen years, both as a youth minister and theology teacher, and as a presenter for Ascension Press. Mari has a deep love for food but an even greater love for Christ and is dedicated to helping others encounter Him.

2023 Host

Sr. Josephine Garrett, CSFN

Sister Josephine is a native Texan, raised baptist in Houston Texas. Jesus called her to religious life in 2011 and in 2020 Sister made her final vows as a Sister of the Holy Family of Nazareth. She ministers as a licensed mental health counselor, and also serves on the community vocations team and as a national speaker.