Cultural diversity youth forum 2019


NFCYM is collaborating with the USCCB Secretariat on Cultural Diversity in the Church to offer an opportunity for 90 high school-age youth to have a unique experience of encounter, dialogue, and cultural diversity at NCYC 2019. NFCYM and the USCCB will be sponsoring the Cultural Diversity Youth Forum on Friday, November 22, 2019, concurrent with NCYC programming.

This Youth Forum will bring together teens representing the different cultural families in the Church for a dialogue and discussion with peers and bishops. The goal of this dialogue is to let these young, diverse representatives share with the bishops and lay leaders how the Church can better respond to their needs and step up to Pope Francis’ message to youth and young adults in his post-synodal apostolic exhortation, Christus Vivit – “Christ is Alive!


The Cultural Diversity Youth Forum will take place during the midday breakout session periods on Friday, November 22, starting at 11:15 AM and going through to 7:45 PM. This event would take the place of the Friday breakout sessions for the Forum participants.

We are looking for your help in identifying a youth participant from one of the six cultural families (that are identified by the USCCB) who will be represented at this Forum:

-          African-American

-          Asian Pacific Islander

-          European American

-          Hispanic / Latino

-          Native American

-          Migrants, Refugees, and People on the Move

Each diocese/delegation is welcome to nominate one (1) young person from each cultural family, but no more than three (3) youth in total (across all cultural families). They should already be part of your diocesan delegation. The nominees should also be able to participate in a video conference call prior to NCYC to help them prepare for their participation in the Forum.

Other requirements include:

-          An awareness of their own cultural identity, which may include identification with more than one cultural and ethnic family

-          A willingness to share from their own experiences

-          The ability to participate and share in English*

*If a young person is being nominated and does not speak English well, we may be able to accommodate if we are able to find a translator for them or if they are paired with another youth that could translate. Please reach out to us if you have a question about this so we can explore possible arrangements.

how to nominate

Nominations will be reviewed on a first come, first serve basis.  There will only be fifteen total participants per cultural family at the Youth Forum in November. All nominations are due Oct 31, 2019.

Please contact Darius Villalobos, NFCYM Director of Multicultural Ministry, if you have any questions: 202-753-8920 or

To nominate a youth for the Cultural Diversity Youth Forum, complete this form: