YOUTH DAY 2018 at the
Religious Education Congress

March 15, 2018

Held at the Anaheim Convention Center, 800 West Katella Ave., Anaheim, Calif. (just across from Disneyland).

Find more of our Youth Day videos on our YouTube page

What is Youth Day?

Youth Day is the first day of the Religious Education Congress. Held annually on Thursday, Youth Day is a day for young people from across the Archdiocese and beyond. More than 14,000 young people and their chaperones gather for a Rally, Keynote, Liturgy, Workshops, Music and more focused just for them.

Who May Attend?

Youth Day is designed for all young people of high school age in grades 9-12. Youth Day is for those who attend both public and Catholic school. Youth Day is NOT for those in 8th grade or who have graduated from 12th grade. Registrations of this type will be refused admission.

Chaperones must accompany young people throughout the day – including to and from workshops. One adult chaperone is required for each group of 10 young people. Chaperones must be compliant with the Diocese’s Safe Environment Policies including age restrictions, fingerprinting, background checks, and safe environment adult awareness sessions.

What Does Youth Day Cost?

Youth Day is $30 per participant. The fee increases to $35 after the early registration deadline. Youth Day is registered for separately from the adult portion of Congress.

Youth Day 2018 Theme

Our Theme this year is "Dare To Believe!" The theme is a direct embodiment of the message we receive from the readings of the day. ... The teens attending Youth Day are all in different places with their faith. Some may be on fire for the Lord, and others will be like the people described in the readings, experiencing a lack of belief. We wanted the theme to resonate with all of the teens, compelling them to go further in their faith. Dare to Believe! is the ideal combination of the messages of the readings and the anticipated overall message of the day. We wanted the teens leaving Youth Day to have been given a challenge: a challenge to dare to believe in Christ, even when they have hardships in life or when they are experiencing great joy. We want to challenge them to find new ways in finding Christ in their everyday lives and really living as a true Disciple of Christ.
Read the full reflection here 

Youth Day & Social Media

Keep connected with us across all social media platforms. Find us @LAYouthDay on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. Make sure to use #LAYouthDay in all of your posts. We look forward to seeing the day through your perspective

Facebook: LAYouthDay
Twitter: @LAYouthDay
Snapchat: @LAYouthDay
Instagram: #LAYouthDay @LAYouthDay

Youth Day Videos
       
What Are You Waiting For? It's our Youth Day 2017 theme. Watch this. Now. What Are You Waiting For? Watch our announcement video of the themes for Youth Day and Congress .. and all our posted videos on the Youth Day  YouTube Channel! See our official announcement video from the #LAYouthDay 2016 theme --  #hopebound! See the video by  Alanzo Moreno - The Making with Youth Day 2015 theme song "Talk Jesus With Me" written and performed by Jeremy and Ryan. Download the Youth Day 2015 Theme Song, "Talk Jesus," by Jeremy and Ryan.

Youth Day 2018 Information

See the Youth Day Rules

Permission Slips: The group leader or chaperone will need to have a permission slip on file for each participant. For those in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, please visit the ADLA handbook for the most updated form.

Transportation: Both car and bus parking is available. Parking is $12 per car and $30 per bus -- CASH ONLY. Remember that all buses MUST be licensed with the Public Utilities Commission of California. Visit them at http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/transportation/ to see a list of valid bus companies.

Verification of Attendance: Please download the Youth Day Parish/School card. – Retreat Registration Card (PDF: 2 pgs, 1.3 MB)

Lunch: The Convention Center strictly prohibits catered meals and the delivery of food to parish/school groups. Groups are welcome to pack their own lunches; however, delivery of pizza, catered meals or other fast-food will not be permitted. Groups will also be prohibited from bringing in large ice chests or coolers. There will be many food stations available around the Convention Center as well as food trucks and seating in the Grand Plaza.

Youth Day Schedule

Both Track 1 and Track 2 will experience an Arena Gathering/Sending, General Session, Keynote, Liturgy, Lunch and two Convention Center Workshops. Track 1 will begin in their day in the Arena; Track 2 begins their day in the Convention Center. .

TRACK 1

TRACK 2

TIME

EVENT

TIME

EVENT

8:00 - 11:30 am

General Session – Arena

8:00 - 8:30 am

Gathering Session

11:45 - 12:30 pm

Lunch

8:45 - 9:45 am

First Convention Workshop

12:45 - 1:45 pm

First Convention Workshop

10:00 - 11:00 am

Second Convention Workshop

2:00 - 3:00 pm

Second Convention Workshop

11:15 - 12:00 pm

Lunch

3:15 - 3:45 pm

Sending Session

12:15 - 3:45 pm

General Session – Arena

3:45 pm

Dismissal

3:45 pm

Dismissal

Volunteering at Youth Day 2018

ADULT OPPORTUNITIES

Adult Volunteers – Youth Day would not be possible without the help and support of volunteers who give of their time, talent and resources. Share in the mission of Youth Day and help serve the young church! Any adult over the age of 21 who is not chaperoning a parish or school group is invited to volunteer during the event. All volunteers must be compliant with their diocese’s Safe Environment policies and procedures (fingerprinting/background checks, etc.) including compliance with required Safe Environment Awareness Sessions. Please contact your diocesan Youth Ministry Office to find out details about your required programs. For more information about volunteering, please contact our team.

YOUTH OPPORTUNITIES

Every year, there are youth who share their gifts and talents in various roles to help make Youth Day a success. High school teens are invited to consider volunteering in one of the following ways:

  • Spirit Squad– Youth who are outgoing and enjoy interacting with their peers are invited to get the crowd pumped throughout all the various locations at Youth Day with chants, signs and cheers. They help promote the theme and direct attention to social media.
  • Liturgical Ministries – We need youth who serve within the Eucharistic Mass as cross-bearers, candle-bearers, gift-bearers, altar servers, lectors and other assisting roles to support our ritual worship.
  • Ministers of Movement – Youth who express themselves best through movement are invited to lead the assembly in gesture and prayer. This may include sign-language, ritual gestures or liturgical movement.
  • Music – Singers, instrumentalist and others who have a passion for performing music are invited to join a choir led by Ed Archer for liturgy. Instrumentalists will audition for places in the ensemble.
  • Social Media – Youth will have opportunities to serve as part of the social media team throughout the day.
  • Speaking Role – We are seeking youth to serve as MCs, to provide narration, storytelling, acting and spoken word. These youth also have opportunities to introduce the speakers/presenters in workshop sessions.
  • Technology and Production: Youth seeking to assist with lighting, stage managing, audio/visual support, etc. should contact our team. There are limited opportunities available.

Youth Day Recruitment Day – Youth interested in volunteering in any of the above roles MUST attend the Youth Day Recruitment Day. Dates and locations will be announced.

Final Dress Rehearsal is Wednesday, March 14 from 5 pm-9 pm (or later) at the Anaheim Convention Center.
All youth volunteers are required to attend the Final Dress Rehearsal (except youth MCs introducing workshop speakers).

Commitments Involved 
The following commitments are required by all youth volunteering for Youth Day:

  • Registration: Youth volunteers and their Chaperones must register for Youth Day 2018 at the regular registration rate. Registration can be completed with your parish/high school OR as an individual with appropriate Chaperone(s).
  • Participation: Youth volunteers must participate fully and be present throughout Youth Day to serve in their assigned roles. This will limit their opportunity to experience other aspects of Youth Day.
  • Chaperone: Youth volunteers must be accompanied and supervised at all times by their Chaperone, who meets the following requirements:
    • Is at least 21 years old (Note: must be at least 25 years old to drive minors);
    • Is in compliance with ADLA “Safeguard the Children” guidelines (or the equivalent from your own diocese);
    • Is committed to being present and available at all gatherings, rehearsals and events;
    • Chaperones should review and adhere to the "Policies Applicable to All Field Trips, Excursions, and Activities" described in section 12.3.1 of the ADLA Handbook;
  • Expenses: Youth volunteers and their Chaperones are responsible for any expenses (travel, accommodations, meals, etc.) related to their participation in Youth Day unless other arrangements for financial support are made with their parish, school or  organization.

Sacred Space at Youth Day 2018

Youth Day participants are invited to visit Sacred Space throughout the day. Sacred Space is a quiet place for prayer and personal reflection and features a variety of prayer experiences, which include a Chapel, Labyrinth and multimedia exhibits. Hours on Thursday are 7:30 am-4:30 pm.

About Youth Day – from the Youth Ministry E-VINE

The Office of Religious Education distributes the Youth Ministry E-VINE emailing, highlighting important information in the field of Youth Ministry for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Excerpts relating to Youth Day appear here. Additional information for the Youth Ministry E-VINE can be found at the end of the messages.


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