November 18-20, 2021

In a distinctly Catholic setting, the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) invites participants to encounter Christ, experience Church, and be empowered for discipleship.

Come to Indianapolis for 2021 NCYC to be set Ablaze • Enciende el Fuego

NCYC Teen Testimonies

2021 Theme: Ablaze • Enciende el Fuego

The second chapter of the book of Acts tells about the coming of the Holy Spirit. At NCYC 2021, we will call upon the Holy Spirit to descend upon our young Church and set them Ablaze for the Lord!

El segundo capítulo del libro de los Hechos de los Apóstoles nos habla de la venida del Espíritu Santo. En NCYC 2021 pediremos que el Espíritu Santo descienda sobre nuestra Iglesia joven y ¡encienda en ella el fuego del Señor!

In-Person and Virtual Participation

As with most things these days, NCYC will look a bit different this year. Therefore, we want to learn more about your plans for NCYC… 

To help us plan, we’re putting out an RSVP to see how people expect to participate in the 2021 NCYC—either in-person, or virtually. Based on current restrictions, we are limited to approximately 10,000 in-person attendees. Understanding demand and where people are planning on traveling from will help us figure out logistics.

Also, we’ve updated pricing for virtual tickets and discounted rates per person, based on group size. View updated pricing here.

2021 NCYC Emcees


Sr. Miriam James Heidland is a former Division I athlete who had a radical conversion and joined the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT) in 1998. She holds a master’s degree in theology from the Augustine Institute and speaks extensively on the topics of conversion, authentic love, forgiveness, healing (and sports!). She is the author of the book Loved As I Am, hosts a podcast titled Abiding Together, and tweets @onegroovynun


Brian Greenfield was born and raised in Washington, D.C. He came to know Christ while studying at Seton Hall University. Following a year as a Franciscan Friar of the Renewal, he became a speaker with Hard as Nails Ministries and a campus minister. He now lives in Florida with his wife, Genevieve, and three children: Mieko, Michael, and Grace.

Tickets, Hotels, and Lunch

More information about registration and booking hotels will be shared in February. In the meantime, pricing details are listed below to help you plan accordingly.

Refund Policy: All ticket sales are final. No refunds will be provided unless the event is canceled.

Ticket Details - UPDATED (3/11/21)

Tickets for the 2021 NCYC will go on sale May 1. 

In-Person Tickets

Pricing Period
Member Pricing
Non-Member Pricing
May 1 – July 31
$225 per person
$265 per person
August 1-31
$235 per person
$265 per person
September 1-30
$250 per person
$265 per person
October 1 to NCYC
$265 per person
$275 per person

Virtual Participation Tickets

The Participation ticket includes links to view the general sessions and breakout sessions as well as questions for reflection/group discussion, activity and prayer ideas, and exclusive online content. 

Group Size
Member Pricing
Non-Member Pricing
1 – 24
$75 per person
$100 per person
25 – 99
$70 per person
$95 per person
100 – 249
$65 per person
$90 per person
$50 per person
$75 per person

Streaming Only Tickets

If you prefer, there is the option to view the stream of the general sessions only. The Streaming Only Ticket includes links to view general sessions only—no breakouts, no processing questions, no activity ideas, or tangible elements.

  • $25

Hotel Details

In block room rates range from $150 to $189 a night per room for up to 1 to 4 person occupancy rooms.

Specifics about the hotel block will be posted as soon as available or by April 15 — whichever comes first. 

Groups requiring 20 or more rooms per night may begin requesting rooms on May 1. 
Groups requiring 19 or fewer rooms per night may begin requesting rooms on July 1. 


Box Lunches & Concession Cards

After purchasing your in-person ticket, you will receive a link to purchase optional box lunches and/or pre-loaded cards to use at the Indiana Convention Center concession stands. 

Box lunches include a small sandwich (options: turkey & swiss, ham & provolone, ZLT flatbread vegetarian, or small garden salad), a bag of chips, and an apple for $10. Beverages are priced separately at $3.75 for bottled water and $3.50 for canned Coca-Cola products. There will be a 9% sales tax and 23% service charge added to all catering orders. All orders must be placed, and pre-paid in full at least 72 hours prior to the first convention date. Box lunches may be picked up between 10am – 2pm each day in Hall K. 

For Concession Cards, there will be a $.50 per card administrative fee. There will be no change given for unused funds. All cards must be pre-paid in full at least 72 hours prior to the first convention date. Concession cards may be picked up from the ICC Catering Office between 9am-5pm beginning on Monday, November 15, 2021. Cards may be used at any Indiana Convention Center concession stand from Thursday, 11/18 – Saturday, 11/20.

Planning in a Pandemic

COVID-19 continues to dominate the news. We at the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) continue to pray for all those affected by this virus and for the development and deployment of improved treatment and prevention protocols and the availability of vaccines to prevent illness.
Despite the period of uncertainty in which we currently find ourselves, NFCYM continues to move forward in a spirit of hope and optimism with plans for an in-person National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) November 18-20, 2021, in Indianapolis. We are working to develop virus mitigation and response plans specifically for NCYC. Only with plan approval from local officials will NFCYM open the doors to the 2021 NCYC.

If you have previously participated in NCYC, 2021 will look and operate differently to help protect participants to the degree possible from infection. We are developing COVID-19 Safety Guidelines that will be updated periodically based on guidance from state and local authorities as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Areas that we are exploring include, but are not limited to:
  • Required Masks & Social Distancing
  • Limited Session Capacity & Participant Groupings
  • Designated Areas for Food & Beverage Consumption
  • Sanitizing Stations & Periodic Cleaning of Frequently Touched Surfaces
  • No Facility Access for Those Experiencing Symptoms of COVID-19
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