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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Unfortunately we will not be holding the 2020 National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry (NCCYM) that was scheduled for December 10-12 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) still recommend the cancellation or postponement of gatherings of more than 250 people. Recommendations from the medical community lead us to believe it will continue to be unsafe to gather our expected crowd of more than 1,200 until a vaccine is widely available.

NFCYM is actively evaluating the needs of the youth ministry community at this unique moment and we look forward to providing continuing formation through other avenues. Join us in ongoing prayers for all affected by COVID-19, especially those mourning the loss of loved ones and those working to develop a vaccine. Sacred Heart of Jesus, pray for us.

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. 

NFCYM Stands Against Racism

We reject the sin of racism, in all its forms, within our organization, and we stand with our brothers and sisters who have felt marginalized and ignored inside and outside of our Church. We pray for and will work towards an end to the systemic issue of racism in our country, and the whole world. For our world, but most importantly, for our young people, we pledge to be faithful witnesses of Christ’s hopeful light in a world eclipsed by darkness, beginning with listening to our members.

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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