THE NATIONAL CATHOLIC YOUTH CONFERENCE
NCYC (National Catholic Youth Conference) is a powerfully unique three-day experience of prayer, community, evangelization, catechesis, service, and empowerment for Catholic teenagers (of high school age) and their adult chaperones.
NCYC is the premiere Catholic youth event on a national scale that gathers people from all across America for a life-changing encounter with Christ.
2024 EVENT THEME
NCYC: El Camino | The Way will be held November 14-16, 2024 at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center in Long Beach, CA.
NCYC is a pilgrimage, a transformative journey where young people can explore their faith, make choices aligned with their beliefs, and find support in the shared experience of fellow participants. In embracing “El Camino | The Way,” NCYC becomes more than a conference; it becomes a spiritual pilgrimage where young Catholics can feel the presence of God, be empowered to be missionary disciples, and be inspired to walk confidently on the path illuminated by divine guidance.
What to Expect at NCYC
NCYC was created by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM), an organization committed to advancing the field of pastoral ministry to young people in the United States. Founded in 1982 at the encouragement of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, NFCYM’s mission is to support and strengthen those who accompany young people as they encounter and follow Jesus Christ. NFCYM provides pastoral formation through small to massive-scale events (like NCYC!), educational webinars for ongoing development, a virtual membership for support and resources, and countless other opportunities to develop youth and pastoral leaders across America.
Thanks to NFCYM, Catholics from across the country come together to cultivate, evangelize and celebrate the Young Church. To learn more, visit NFCYM.org.
NCYC began in 1983 as a regional conference, with one session for the east coast and one session for the west coast. The regional conferences had a few thousand youth in attendance. NCYC then merged into a national conference in 1991 and interest in the conference began to grow. Today, NCYC serves the Young Church as the biggest Catholic Youth Conference in America.
You can see a full list and learn more on our Past Events page.
NCYC Mission Statement
In a distinctly Catholic setting, the National Catholic Youth Conference invites participants to encounter Christ, experience church, and be empowered for discipleship.