The mission of the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) is to support and strengthen those who accompany young people as they encounter and follow Jesus Christ.


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Christ leads.

We accompany.


We, as the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM), seek to empower young people to be missionary disciples. That’s why we equip you – pastoral leaders, youth ministers, parents, and others – as you accompany youth to be Christian witnesses in their daily, and ever-changing lives.


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Resources for Ministry Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak

NFCYM is here to support you through this troublesome time. Access an ongoing compilation of prayers, best practices, articles, and more to help navigate these sudden changes. Sacred Heart of Jesus, we place our trust in You.

If you have been blessed by our resources, please consider supporting NFCYM so we can continue our work. 

Open Wide Our Hearts:
Pastoral Letter Against Racism

The bishops of the United States of America, at their November 2018 meeting, approved “Open Wide Our Hearts, the Enduring Call to Love – A Pastoral Letter Against Racism.” NFCYM collaborated with the Catholic Mobilizing Network, the United States Catholic Mission Association, and the USCCB on a series of webinars and resources to help address racism. 

Christus Vivit:
The Pathway to Accompaniment

After a year in the making, NFCYM is proud to debut a practical study guide of ten major themes interwoven throughout Christus Vivit, Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation on ministry to and with youth and young adults. This digital download is packed with nearly 90 pages of content, covering each theme in a ministerial context and then providing application through faith sharing, reflection, and prayer. Many thanks to the NFCYM members who contributed their time and talent to develop this timeless resource.

Spanish version of the Study Guide coming soon!

Our Impact

Here are just some of the ways we’ve helped impact youth ministry throughout our 38 years of existence. We can’t wait to see what God has in store next!

For ministry leaders,
by ministry leaders.


We understand the challenges in youth ministry today and want to overcome them together. As a membership organization, we gather (in person and virtually) to discuss, learn, and collaborate on improving the way we accompany young people. No more going it alone, we’re here to support each other.

Largest network of
Catholics ministering to youth. 

Whether you’re an organization that serves young people, work for a diocese, serve as a youth minister, are a parent, or volunteer, you belong at NFCYM. From scouting leaders to recording artists, priests and sisters to moms and dads – we’re all committed to bringing youth to encounter, know, and serve Jesus Christ.

World-class resources.


Strengthen your ministry muscles with quick access to materials on nearly any topic you could imagine, including:

  • Frameworks on comprehensive youth ministry, ministering with parents, and empowering youth
  • Information to help teens facing the loss of a loved one, natural disasters, and discrimination
  • Professional development, including certification, continuing education, and webinars

When I started to get more involved in church, I realized this is where I feel most at home, like at Mass and at adoration.

– Regina, Campus Minister

Help empower young people.

NFCYM looks to a future when young people see themselves as children of God and live as missionary disciples of Jesus Christ. This is why we’re committed to advancing the field of youth ministry, but we can’t do it alone. Get involved…

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