Youth Awards

Recognize Youth Who Model Christ in Their Communities

Christus Vivit National Youth Award

“Do not leave it to others to be protagonists of change. You are the ones who hold the future!”

“The Church needs your momentum, your intuitions, your faith.”

-- Pope Francis, Christus Vivit

About the Award

The Christus Vivit National Youth Award recognizes young Catholics in either their junior or senior year of high school who have helped bring Christ to life in their parishes, schools, and local communities. 

These are the young people who live and model what it means to be a missionary disciple in the world today through: 

  • Christian service and stewardship
  • Advocacy for those in need
  • Modeling Christian living
  • Serving as lights for the world 

Made available through NFCYM, the Christus Vivit National Youth Award can be presented annually to any junior or senior who demonstrates the good news of Jesus Christ alive within their community.  

Parish and high school leaders are encouraged to personally present these awards on or near the Global Celebration of Young People celebrated on Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe Sunday (formerly Christ the King Sunday). 

Global Celebration of Young People

Pope Francis, calling for a renewal of the celebration of youth in the local churches, announced that beginning in 2021 he would “transfer the diocesan celebration of WYD from Palm Sunday to Christ the King Sunday. The centre of the celebration remains the Mystery of Jesus Christ the Redeemer of Man, as Saint John Paul II, the initiator and patron of WYD, always emphasized.”

The next Global Celebration of Young People takes place on:
Sunday, November 21, 2021

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Submission and Presentation Process

There is no limit to the number of Christus Vivit National Youth Awards that may be presented by local leaders each year. Every young person bringing Christ to life in their local area is eligible to receive this award.   

Award submissions should be submitted prior to October 15 each year so that awards can be shipped to local parishes and schools in time for the Global Celebration of Young People. 

Other Youth Awards

In addition, consider presenting the following awards to Middle Schoolers and a Youth Leader at the Annual Celebration of Young People. 

Discipleship Cross
Middle School Recognition

Light of the World (Youth Recognition Pin – Discipleship (Cross))

The youth recognition pin is presented to youth in middle school who respond to the call of discipleship through service or ministry to their parish/school community. Present these awards to:

  • Young people who exemplify discipleship and service
  • Youth group officers
  • Young people who volunteer in the religious education program

St Timothy
Diocesan Award

St. Timothy Acrylic Plaque (Contact Local Diocese for Award)

Highest recognition from NFCYM for a diocese to confer to a junior or senior high school-aged youth who demonstrate Christian leadership. 

Can only be viewed and purchased and awarded through a diocese (item password protected). Please contact your local diocese for award.