For Adult Leaders
65th Annual Diocesan Youth Convention
Welcome Chaperones and Group Leaders! While
this position is certainly a lot of responsibility, it also affords you
the opportunity to walk closely with young people in their journey to
and through an amazing experience of faith. Good luck and may God bless
you on this journey!
This page contains all the information you need to lead your teens through the Convention experience!
Group Leader Responsibilities/Checklist (everything you need to know - print and use before, during and after the Convention!)
Junior Advisor Training Video
Junior Advisors are an important part of the Convention for many parishes! Watch this video to find out more about how to choose Junior Advisors and prepare them for their role.
Facebook Live Event:
Thanks to all who joined us for our first ever Facebook Live event! We hope you enjoyed learning about some of the new and exciting elements of Convention 2017! If you were unable to join us, please watch one of the recordings to catch up on what you missed!
Adult Chaperone Training Webinars:
NEW Convention Group Leaders & Adult Chaperone Webinar
Click here to watch the recording!
Download the Reference Guide
Download a copy of the slides
This webinar is designed for those whom the 2017 Diocesan Youth
Convention will be your FIRST, SECOND OR THIRD time as a group leader,
adult chaperone, or junior advisor. As well as those who have not been
since 2011 (regardless of years of experience).
EXPERIENCED Convention Group Leader & Adult Chaperone Webinar
Click here to watch the recording!
Download the Reference Guide
Download the Slides
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Adult Leader Training Sessions
Adults who will be leading the Parish Time on Saturday are asked to attend one of the following training sessions.
Wednesday, February 15th: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Infant of Prague, Cheektowaga
Saturday, February 18th: 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
St. Joseph, Fredonia
ALL group leaders, chaperones, and junior advisors MUST sign up for hall duty.
Hall Monitoring:In order to ensure that the hotel is a safe place for all
participants, the hotel is monitored throughout the Convention. This can
only be done with the assistance of ALL adult and junior advisor
chaperones who attend the Convention. All chaperones are expected to serve as Hall Monitors for one three-hour shift. By serving as a Hall Monitor, you ensure a safe and healthy atmosphere for all participants.
- Hall Monitors report to Room 321 ten minutes before their shift to check in and find their assigned location.
- Specific instructions will be provided on the Adult Chaperone Webinars and at the Convention.
TO SIGN UP FOR HALL DUTY: We're using SignUp.com to organize our upcoming signups.
Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:
1) Click the button below to see our schedule on SignUp.
2) Review the options listed and choose the Hall Duty Shift you like.
3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.
4.) Please use the phone number of the cell phone you will carry during
the Convention; and an email address that you check regularly.
Note: In order to reduce the length of each shift, we are asking people not to serve hall duty in pairs. If you plan to serve with a partner, you will each need to serve two shifts.
Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone.
If you have any questions about Hall Duty, please contact John Mann via email (or call him at 716-354-4555).
up for 1 SHIFT if you will do hall duty ALONE at your assigned
up for 2 SHIFTS if you want to do hall duty WITH A PARTNER at
Preparing Your Parish
Be sure to use the Parish Preparation Resources to help you get your group ready.
Teens, Junior Advisors & Adults are needed as small group facilitators. Please contact Michael Slish
by email or call 716-847-8789. Trainings for all teen, junior advisor,
and adult volunteers will take place in the weeks leading up to
Convention. Stay tuned!
Safe Environment Compliance:
- All persons age 18 and older who work regularly with youth in
the Diocese of Buffalo must fulfill the following requirements of the
Diocesan Safe Environment Program. Because of the intense,
extended nature of the Convention experience, the following requirements
apply to all adults and junior advisors who attend the Convention:
- Completed a Uniform Volunteer Questionnaire
- Have references checked by parish representative
- Signed the Code of Conduct (rev June 2013)
- Have a criminal background check (requested by parish)
- Attended a Protecting God's Children seminar; and
- Stay current on the Virtus Online Training Bulletins
Group leaders MUST be sure that adults and junior advisors
with your group are in compliance with this program and verify this
compliance by completing and returning the Safe Environment Compliance Letter with your registration materials by January 27, 2017.
Each parish is encouraged to create a banner that will be displayed
in the ballroom of the Adam's Mark. The banner should show your parish
identity and the Convention theme, "Restore."Important guidelines for banners:
- Banners should be 4' wide x 8' long.
- Banners MUST include a sewn pocket at the top (so that banner can slide onto pole).
- DO NOT include lights or other heavy objects on your banner.
- Banners should be delivered to the Catholic Center by Tuesday, February 28. If you are unable to deliver your banner by Tuesday, it will not be hung until Saturday during the Convention.
- Please pick up banners from the Catholic Center after the Convention.
- Banners MUST be labeled on the back (upper left corner) with your parish name, location, group leader, and phone number.
1. Please encourage your youth to use the hashtag on
Twitter before and during Convention. Tweets/photos will be displayed on
a live Twitter feed throughout the weekend. We will be giving shout
outs to the various parishes in the house!
2. If you have a couple pics of your group on a trip or doing a major
project, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org for possible
inclusion in the Year in Review recap video.
3. In Memoriam: If an adult or youth who was
involved in your parish's youth ministry program has died within the
past year, please send their name and photo.
Catholic Charities Appeal:
The Convention marks the beginning of the Catholic Charities Appeal
for parish youth ministry. Prior to the Convention, each parish will
receive information about the appeal and a pledge form. It is essential
that young people have the opportunity to participate in this very
important campaign and learn more about how Catholic Charities impacts
the people of our communities. Every parish is asked to make a pledge to
the Catholic Charities Appeal. These pledges will be collected during
the weekend and there will be an exhibit at the Convention.
Please be sure that your group is aware of the following information:
- Friday evening: Food and snacks for a light dinner will be available for purchase in the hotel gift shop.
- Saturday breakfast: Food and drinks for a light breakfast can be purchased at the Tiffany Rose breakfast bar in the hotel restaurant.
- Snacks: There will be light concessions available for purchase during the social time on Friday and Saturday evenings.
- Late-night Pizza: Pizza can be ordered for
Friday and Saturday nights. Place your order in the hotel lobby before
the evening events and pick it up in the Expo when returning to your
room at night.
- Parish Dinner: Each parish is encouraged to
make plans for Saturday's dinner. If you choose to go out, a restaurant
guide and map can be provided. Please make your plans well in advance.
The Adams Mark is able to host parish dinners. Please make your reservations in
advance. Other groups choose to go to Pearl Street Grille, which has
reserved a floor for Convention participants. Contact Diane at
716-856-0057 for more information or to make reservations.
- Don't forget: Saturday's lunch and Sunday's brunch are provided for you!
- Participants are welcome to bring food with them to the hotel, as long as no cooking/heating appliances are used.
Manus Christi Award Nominations
Manus Christi Award (Hands of Christ)
The Diocesan Youth Convention is an exceptional opportunity to honor outstanding youth for their dedication and their contributions to their parishes and the community. Presented to seniors in high school, the Manus Christi is awarded to young people who have exemplified Christian leadership in their parish and the diocese.
Each parish is invited and encouraged to submit nominations for the Manus Christi Award. Please note: only parishes (not Catholic high schools) may submit nominations for these awards.
All award recipients are selected by a committee.
Manus Christi Award recipients will be notified prior to the Convention. Nominators will also be notified prior to the Convention.
The deadline for all award nominations is January 13, 2017.
Request a nomination form