YOUTH DAY 2016 at the
Religious Education Congress

February 25, 2016

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


Youth Day 2015 Video

Here is our video of Youth Day 2015 by Alanzo Moreno from The Making.

What is Youth Day?

Youth Day is held annually on the Thursday of the Religious Education Congress weekend. It is a day just for youth from many different backgrounds from throughout the Archdiocese – and beyond – to participate in a Rally, Liturgy and Workshops focused just for them.

Who May Attend?

Youth Day is designed for all students from public and Catholic schools, grades 9 through 12. NOTE: Students below the 9th grade are not allowed to participate in this event and will be refused admission. One Adult Chaperone is required for each group of 10 students (maximum), all attending the same workshop. We recommend that you add one extra Chaperone name to your first registration.

What Does Youth Day Cost?

Youth Day is separate registration and fee from the adult Congress days. The registration fee for Youth Day 2016 is $30 ($35 after January 8, 2016).

Youth Day 2016 Schedule

New this year, Youth Day 2016 adds a second workshop period. Each group chooses either a morning Arena General Session (Track 1) or afternoon Arena General Session (Track 2) -- so everyone gets to see the Arena speaker -- and selects two workshops from the 14 Youth Day speakers.

T R A C K   1

T R A C K   2

8:00 -11:30 am General Session - Arena 8:00 - 8:30 am Gathering & Praise / Worship
  (Rally / Liturgy with Archbishop 8:45 - 9:45 am First Convention Workshop
   Josι Gomez / Keynote) 10:00 - 11 am Second Convention Workshop
11:45 - 12:30p Lunch 11:15 - noon Lunch
12:45 - 1:45 pm First Convention Workshop 12:15 - 3:45pm General Session - Arena
2:00 - 3:00 pm Second Convention Workshop   (Arena Rally / Liturgy with
3:15 - 3:45 pm Praise / Worship & Sending    Archbishop Josι Gomez / Keynote)
3:45 pm Dismissal 3:45 pm Dismissal


Youth Day Videos

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. Are you curious about L.A. Youth Day's different social media platforms? Check us out at on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and our YouTube Channel! Watch highlights of Youth Day 2014 with the Youth Day Theme Song, "Never Alone," by Noelle Garcia. A short film on Pope Francis from Outside da Box for Youth Day 2014 at the Religious Education Congress in Anaheim, CA.

Youth Day 2016 Theme

The theme for Youth Day 2016 is #HopeBound. The reading from the Thursday of the Third Week of Lent were used. We hope you will help get the word out about our great day – Thursday, February 25, 2016 – and we encourage you to use the readings and theme as you prepare for the day.

Youth Day & Social Media

Connect with us on social media! You can post, tweet, share, like and/or create videos. We look forward to connecting with you online! The hashtags for all Youth Day activity are #LAYouthDay and #HopeBound.

The dialogue is live on social media; join the conversation today! View our LAYouthDay

Facebook: LAYouthDay
Twitter: @LAYouthDay
Vine: #LAYouthDay
Instagram: #LAYouthDay

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. Add information for the Youth Ministry E-VINE can be found at the end of the messages.

Youth Day 2016 Information

See the Youth Day 2016 Schedule  coming
See the Youth Day Workshops
See the Youth Day Rules
Download the Youth Day parish/school permission card – Retreat Registration Card (PDF: 2 pgs, 1.3 MB)

 • Download the Youth Day pages from the Registration Guidebook  coming

 • Download the 2016 Youth Day Map (coming) --  Track 1  • Track 2

Volunteering at Youth Day


Adult Volunteers -- The Youth Day staff invites any adult not chaperoning a parish or school group to be a volunteer for our event. Youth Day volunteers are assigned to a variety of positions throughout the day. This is a great way to experience Youth Day without the duties of being a chaperone – and to enjoy our event for free. To volunteer for Youth Day 2016, an adult needs to have been trained in accordance with their Diocesan Youth Protection policies and have had the appropriate diocesan required background check. Please contact your Diocesan Youth Ministry Office to find out more details about your required programs. For more information about volunteering or to submit your name to be part of our team, please contact Erin Avila at or at (559) 259-8232. Come join the fun, we need you!


Here are some ways you can be a part of Youth Day 2016!

Spirit Squad -- The Spirit Squad will be used throughout the day to pump up the crowd with games and chants, promote the theme, help direct attention to social media, and transition participants from events throughout the day. If you are ready to show your spirit and have some fun, make sure to attend the Training Day. For more information, please contact Victoria Radleigh at

Social Media -- Are you good with social media? #LAYouthDay needs you! We are looking for a team of high school aged youth to help us populate our social media platforms the day of L.A. Youth Day. There will be an application and interview process along with a Training Day. For more information please contact Katie Hernandez-Trejo at

Youth Day Emcee -- Youth Day is looking for young people to introduce speakers and help with rallies. Do you like performing in front of large crowds? Do you like to help others have a good time? If you answered “yes” to these questions, then come be part of this great day! Be an Emcee at Youth Day 2016 and attend our Training Day. For more information, please contact Christina Lamas at

Arena Liturgy Choir & Band -- Youth Day 2016 is looking for youth voices and musical talent for the archdiocesan Arena Liturgy Choir & Band. Check back for the rehearsal schedule and location. For more information, please contact Katie Zeigler at

Youth Day Rally -- Do you love to sing? Are you a person who can speak in front of a large group of teens? We would love to have teens be part of the Youth Day Rally! You will have to attend an audition, training day and practices prior to Youth Day. For more information, contact Mary Hernandez at

The Youth Day App!

Our Youth Day app is available at You can always download the Youth Day app (currently with 2015 info) for iPhone and iPod Touch now, and it will automatically update itself every year when new versions are released. 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 now you can view the social media accounts for each presenter and musician to help put everything they say at Youth Day into action.

If you are having any technical problems with the app, please try deleting the application and reinstalling the application. If you would like to report a bug or have more questions about the app, contact the developer directly


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