Youth Ambassadors

Program Overview

The Youth Ambassador program allows young people from across the country to take a servant-leader role in NCYC. Group leaders are encouraged to create a team (or teams!) to provide a welcoming presence and assistance with specific breakout session-related tasks at NCYC.

A team consists of four youth and an adult liaison. The adult liaison works with the ambassadors before their NCYC arrival and helps coordinate their participation onsite. There is no limit to the number of teams a group may propose, but each team must have an adult liaison.



  • Participate in online training


  • Participate in a one-hour orientation meeting at NCYC.
  • Assist with assigned breakout session duties, which may include:
    • Leading prayer
    • Introducing speakers and performers
    • Greeting participants at the doors
    • Facilitating the flow of people entering and exiting the room
    • Providing support to presenters


  • Participate in online evaluation


The Youth Ambassador program is open to NCYC registered young people who meet the following requirements:

  • In high school in the fall of 2023
  • Active in parish/school ministry
  • Comfortable and confident in leading prayer
  • Enthusiastic faith-witness
  • Exhibit a welcoming presence
  • Recommended by a ministry/pastoral leader

Please note:

We are not able to accommodate individual breakout session requests. Teams will be assigned based on programmatic needs.

Selection Process

Group leaders, or their designates, identify ambassadors. The NCYC Project Team suggests group leaders base selection on the eligibility requirements above and recommendations from a ministry leader.

Four young people and one adult liaison comprise one Ambassador Team. (Groups may register more than one team, but each team must have its own adult liaison).

Following acceptance, NFCYM will forward team members details regarding pre-NCYC training and onsite orientation sessions.


Youth and adult liaisons should review the online ambassador training materials and other information provided by NFCYM before arrival at NCYC.

Liaison Prep Webinar

Coming soon!

Registration Fee

The fee for the Youth Ambassador Program is $40 per team ($10 per youth/no charge for adult liaison.) The fee covers training materials and the cost of t-shirts for ambassadors to wear during NCYC.


The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry sponsors NCYC.


Delegation leaders with questions about the Youth Ambassador program should contact Denise York at [email protected] or Chris Leach at [email protected].

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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.