YOUTH DAY at the
Religious Education Congress

2018: March 15, 2018

2019: March 21, 2019

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

On Youth Day 2018, watch the live stream here.

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 2018 was $30 per participant ($35 after January 26, 2018). Youth Day has a separate registration and fee from the adult portion of Congress.

Youth Day 2018 Theme

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
Watch our Thank you for an amazing Youth Day video about 2018 event #LAYouthDay 1) Meet others who share our faith; 2) have a personal encounter with Jesus; and 8 more... 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.

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. .







8:00 - 11:30 am

General Session – Arena

8:00 - 8:30 am

Gathering Session

11:45 - 12:30 pm


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


3:15 - 3:45 pm

Sending Session

12:15 - 3:45 pm

General Session – Arena

3:45 pm


3:45 pm


 • View the Youth Day Schedule
 • See the Youth Day Workshops
 • Download the Youth Day Section from the Registration Guidebook
 • Download the 2018 Youth Day Map -- Track 1 • Track 2

Youth Day 2018 Information

2018 Theme: "Dare to Believe!"
See the Youth Day Rules

Permission Slips: T
he Chaperone/ group leader will need to have a permission slip on file for each participant. For those in the Los Angeles Archdiocese, 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 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 Apparel

You can still buy official Youth Day apparel at Youth Day T-shirt pricing is $15 per shirt; sweatshirts are available for $25.

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.

Volunteering at Youth Day


Every year, numerous high school teens share their gifts and talents in various roles to help make Youth Day a success. Those interested are asked to attend our Youth Day Recruitment Day.

  • 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 to serve within the Eucharistic Mass as cross-bearers, candle-bearers, altar servers, gift-bearers and other assisting roles to support our ritual worship. This role does not require public speaking and works closely with clergy.
  • 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. Previous movement/dance experience is useful, but NOT required!
  • MUSIC – Singers, instrumentalists 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 an opportunity to serve as part of the social media team throughout the day.
  • SPEAKING ROLES – We are seeking youth who are confident in speaking in front of large crowds. They may serve as hosts, lectors, storytellers or may provide narration.
  • WORKSHOP EMCEE – Youth will have an opportunity to introduce speakers in each of the workshops and lead the participants in a prayer before each session. Youth should be comfortable speaking in front of a group of people.
  • TECHNOLOGY AND PRODUCTION – Youth seeking to assist with lighting, stage managing, audio/visual, building song playlists, 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 (date TBA).

Final Dress Rehearsal is the Wednesday of Congress from 5-10 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).
  • Participationn: 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.


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. .

If you reside within the Los Angeles Archdiocese:
- Submit a copy of your current Virtus certificate;
- Read the guidelines for Adults Interacting with Minors and submit the form which acknowledges receiving the guidelines.

If you reside outside of the Los Angeles Archdiocese:
- Submit record of fingerprinting and safe environment training with your diocese;
- Submit the Safe Environment Compliance Form – signed by your pastor;
- Read the guidelines for Adults Interacting with Minors and submit the form which acknowledges receiving the guidelines.

Forms can be emailed and scanned to our Coordinators of Volunteers, Anitra and Robert Gill, at or mailed to: Attn: Victoria Radleigh Smith, Los Angeles Archdiocese, 3424 Wilshire Blvd Fl 4, Los Angeles, CA 90010.

Sacred Space at Youth Dayy

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.

Youth Day App

Our updated Youth Day app is available at the AppStore for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch (requires iOS 7.0 or later). With this app, you can stay up-to-date with all Youth Day speakers, musicians and performers by following them on Twitter, viewing their websites, and even finding them on Facebook.

Youth Day is much more than just a one-day experience and this app will allow you to keep with you what each speaker and musician says long after the day is over, and check out their websites and find out how to put everything they said into action..

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