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New York Catholic Youth Day

May 1, 2021

New York Catholic Youth Day is an annual event that gathers hundreds of teens for a day filled with inspirational talks, lively music, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Mass with Cardinal Dolan, service opportunities and time for the teens to get to know each other. 2019’s theme Speak Up! was inspired by the scripture ” I believed, therefore I spoke.” 2 Cor. 4:13.  We called teens to speak up both in conversation with God and in the face of injustice. Whether it’s anxiety, depression, bullying, drugs, or any other challenge – we want them to know of God’s love that helps give them the courage, confidence and commitment they need.

New York Catholic Youth Day is hosted by the Office of Youth Ministry, part of the Archdiocese of New York’s Department of Youth Faith Formation.

As you know, gatherings have changed over the past few months leading us to re-imagine the format of New York Catholic Youth Day 2021. This year’s theme is Be the Light, inspired by Acts 13:47 “For so the LORD has commanded us, ‘I have made you a light to the Gentiles, that you may be an instrument of salvation to the ends of the earth.” To capture the elements of the theme, we will be hosting a series of events which will culminate with our NYCYD celebration on May 1st.

When is it?

New York Catholic Youth Day 2021 will be held on May 1, 2021.

What should I bring?

An open mind and an open heart! Small purses are OK, big backpacks are not OK.

Registration requirements:

Teens must be registered and attending with an adult. There is a 1:8 (Adult:Youth) requirement with a minimum of two adults per group.  All adult chaperones (leaders/volunteers) must be over the age of 21 and be Safe Environment compliant.

How do I become Safe Environment compliant?

All participants 18 y.o. or older must complete a background check by completing this formSpanish) and returning to their parish/school.

Volunteers are required to fulfill Safe Environment training in one of two ways:

  • by completing an online video tutorial called Safer Spaces. Follow these instructions  to register and take the 45-minute training. Upon completion, please download your certificate and bring it to the designated Safe Environment Officer at your parish office or school.
  • by coordinating with the designated Safe Environment Officer at your parish or school to watch the Safer Spaces video at the parish. (This option is easier for multiple adults to complete the process at one time.)