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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National Youth Ministry Awards

The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) National Youth Ministry Awards recognize innovative gifts that empower, equip, and accompany young people as they grow in missionary discipleship. There are four award categories, outlined below, to acknowledge dioceses, apostolates, individuals, organizations, parishes, and families. Nominations must reflect innovative approaches that embrace acompañamiento. Nominations must show evidence of inclusion of the diverse faithful and the gifts of the young church. Each nomination must identify exceptional approaches of outreach methods that serve to bridge the gap between the Church and young people including those who are so often overlooked, (i.e., socio-economic, culturally diverse, varying languages, special needs, and geographical realities).

The 2020 Awards will be given out at the upcoming National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry (NCCYM) taking place December 10-12, 2020 in New Orleans, LA.

Complete Nomination Form and two letters of recommendation must be emailed to Darius Villalobos at [email protected] by April 28, 2020 to qualify.

Please note that Board Members and Awards Ad Hoc Committee Members cannot provide letters of recommendation or nominate awardees.

The Saint Katharine Drexel Pathway Award

Recognizes diocesan level initiatives that develop innovative pathways, which embrace the Gospel and the mission of NFCYM.

The Saint John Bosco Accompaniment Award

Recognizes an individual, apostolate, or organization on the national or regional level that promotes innovative accompaniment, which embraces the Gospel and the mission of NFCYM.

The Saint John Paul II Parish Leadership Award

Recognizes innovative outreach at the parish level that identifies and equips adults to respond to the diverse needs and gifts of young people, embracing the Gospel and the mission of NFCYM.

The Saints Joachim and Anne Cross Award

Recognizes a family ministry or outreach that supports the gifts and challenges found in the sacrifices and joys of the domestic church articulated in the Gospel and the mission of NFCYM.

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