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New York Catholic Youth Day

May 1, 2021

In the current reality presented to us by Covid -19, the Office of Youth Ministry is excited to share that we will be hosting New York Catholic Youth Day on May 1, 2021. As we continue to develop the locations, schedule, and plans for the day we will share more information. Please see the below FAQs to learn what NYCYD is all about.

What is New York Catholic Youth Day?

New York Catholic Youth Day is an annual event that gathers hundreds of teens for a day filled with inpirational 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.

When is it?

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

Youth Ministry registration will begin in the New Year.

Information on NYCYD 2021 coming soon!

Where is it?

In both 2018 and 2019 NYCYD was hosted at

Westchester County Center,
198 Central Ave, White Plains, NY 10606

Information on NYCYD 2021 coming soon!

How much is it?

Previous registration opened June 26, 2019

  • $25  per person June 26 through July 31
  • $30 per person August 1 through September 30
  • $40 per person after September 30

**We can work with you to include teens in your youth group who may not be able to meet this fee.

Information on the next NYCYD coming soon!

What will the day be like?

It will be awesome! There will be over 1,000 young people in attendance from across the Archdiocese of New York with live music, speakers, Mass, confession, packaging food for those in need and opportunities to talk.

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.)
Will I get a ticket?

No, there are no tickets.  Leaders/volunteers will bring the registration confirmation for the group.

Can I update my group’s registration information?

YES! Our new online registration system makes it easier to update your information and substitute participants.

What is the refund policy?

A student’s participation was able to be cancelled up to September 30, 2019 for a full refund.

Further registration information for NYCYD 2021 will be available soon.

How do I get there?

The Westchester County Center is accessible in many ways

  • Car
  • Metro North Trains
  • Subway to bus

Download Directions

In 2019, OYM offered a Shuttle Bus option from the Subway – There was be a shuttle bus running from the 1 Train Van Cortland Station and the 4 train Woodlawn Station. Registrants were able to select this option during the registration process.