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The Steubenville Youth Conferences, an outreach of Franciscan University of Steubenville, are a series of 24 conferences across North America that help teens encounter the love of Christ every summer. Each summer, Life Teen hosts several Steubenville Youth Conferences with the hopes of strengthening and inspiring teens and youth groups in their collective journeys to Christ.
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As people in ministry, we know the ultimate goal of a Steubenville Conference is a life-changing encounter with Christ. However, the weight of an encounter like that is really only appreciated after having one. For that reason, when inviting a teen to a Steubenville Conference, we suggest beginning with belonging.
Every teen desires to belong – sin and shame convince them they don’t.
They’re not alone. Others have the same struggles they do.
The world says they must change to belong – God meets them where they are.
They have an important place in the Church. This event won’t be the same without them.
Early Bird Cost: $200 (until June 1)
Cost After June 1: $215
Deposit Amount: $50
Deadline for Payment of Deposit: Two weeks after registering online
Deadline for Payment of Final Balance: June 1
Meals Included: Friday dinner, Saturday lunch and dinner. Many of the conference hotels include breakfast in the room rate. Be sure to check with your specific hotel.
Please note: Housing is not included in the registration fee. Group leaders are responsible for booking accommodations for their group. Please be sure to book at one of the conference hotels using the information in the section below.
Steubenville East will be held at:
1277 Main St.
Springfield, MA 01103
Housing is not included in the registration fee. Group leaders are responsible for booking accommodations for their group. Life Teen has acquired room blocks with discounted rates at many specific hotels in the area – some within walking distance. All groups registered for the conference should book rooms through the conference room blocks at these specific hotels. You can find the list of designated conference hotels and rates below.
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The conference begins Friday evening and ends Sunday afternoon.
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Steubenville East Registration Info
Safe Environment Compliance Form
We have a whole team ready to help you!
For registration questions, contact Mary Zitelli at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For conference questions, contact Jill Patten at email@example.com.
For general Life Teen/Steubenville questions, contact Sarah Houde at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since the conference is not taking place at a college campus, we aren’t able to provide dorm housing as we have historically done with this conference site. Several of our other Steubenville Conferences do not have housing included, so we are confident the conference will still be a great blessing for your teens. Keeping housing separate from the conference registration enables groups to have the most flexibility. You have the option to commute to the conference each day or to book rooms at one of the hotel blocks with discounted room rates. It is completely up to you how many rooms you book, how many people you assign to each room, and whether you stay nearby or commute. Please be sure to keep in mind all Safe Environment requirements when booking and assigning rooms.
The expiration date on all existing credits from previously canceled events was extended to December 31, 2022. This means you can use your existing credit for any Life Teen event, camp, resource, or subscription until the end of 2022. If you choose not to attend the conference this summer, be sure to use your credit for something else as it will expire at the end of 2022. As a reminder, your credit is equivalent to the amount of money paid and is not specific to the event you were registered for or the number of spots you had registered for. If you are unsure whether or not you have remaining credit or the amount of your credit, please contact Mary Zitelli at email@example.com.
If, due to unforeseen circumstances, Life Teen cancels the event, any deposits paid will become credit and any final balances paid will be eligible for a refund.
We strongly encourage you to register your group as soon as possible in case the conference sells out and so that we can best prepare for your arrival. We will not be able to accept registrations or additions to groups after July 19th. Please refer to the registration section of the website for additional information about registration.
We love having priests attend the conference with their parishes! The registration fee for priests is waived in gratitude for their willingness to hear confessions, concelebrate Mass, and be present to the teens during the conference. Registration for priests is being handled separately from group registration this year. All priests must register via Clergy Registration. Do not include your priest in the numbers reserved for your group. If you have a priest that would like to attend the conference with your group, please visit the Clergy Registration section of the conference website to read about the required priest paperwork and to fill out the form to get him registered.
If your deacon would like to vest for the conference liturgies, in addition to being registered with your group, he must also fill out the Clergy Registration form and follow the instructions for submitting a Letter of Good Standing.
Yes. In your digital paperwork platform, you’ll need to delete the form of the person no longer attending and have the person replacing them fill out the form using your group’s code. If the replacement is an adult, make sure that they are included on your group’s Safe Environment form.
We have to hold all groups to the cancellation policies that were agreed to during registration. Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferrable to the final balance. Parishes may drop unneeded spots until June 1st. The $50 deposit will be forfeited, but the remaining balance will not be owed if spots are dropped before June 1st. Spots may be dropped by emailing Mary Zitelli at firstname.lastname@example.org. Parishes will be held responsible for payment in full for all spots not dropped by June 1st. Be sure to pay attention to these deadlines. The best thing you can do is to find teens to attend! You may want to consider inviting a neighboring parish who is not yet registered to join your group.
The exchanging of spots between parishes is not allowed. You may choose to bring participants from other parishes to fill spots you purchased; however, by doing so, you assume all responsibility for them as they are considered part of your group. They will be seated with your group, you must have enough chaperones to meet the required ratios, and their paperwork must be completed using your group’s code.
The bus driver is not permitted into the conference unless they are a fully paid participant with the proper paperwork submitted.
Youth participants must be age 18 or younger and incoming freshman through just graduated seniors. All chaperones must be 21 years of age or older. Since it is a high school youth conference, young adults ages 19 & 20 may not attend with a registered group. They may apply to serve as volunteers. All participants must be registered as part of a group with a group leader taking responsibility for adhering to the payment, cancellation, and paperwork policies.
Life Teen is committed to keeping the health and safety of our event participants and staff a top priority. We are monitoring the continuously changing pandemic situation and working with each of our venues to ensure all required safety protocols at the time of the event are met. Specific plans will be communicated closer to the event date.
Click here to preorder Steubenville t-shirts for your group. Shirts are $20 and must be ordered by May 6th in order to receive them in time for the conference. If you do not choose to preorder, a limited supply will be available for sale at the conference.
We do have a limited amount of scholarships available for teens to attend the Steubenville Conferences. If you have a teen in financial need, please download this scholarship application and submit it. Scholarship applications are due by April 15th.
No, infants and children are not allowed at Steubenville Conferences. Although we strongly support Catholic family life, our staffing, facility constraints, and insurance regulations at these conferences do not allow us to provide childcare. Meeting rooms are not designed for the care of young children. In addition, the focus of the group leaders & adult chaperones needs to be on the youth participants. If these adults bring their own children, their focus will be split. With the best care of the youth in mind, this is not allowed.
No, because of safety, security, liability, and safe environment requirements, we aren’t able to have visitors who aren’t registered participants attend any part of the conference.
We will be working with the site to determine the best place for buses, vans and cars to park. Please check back soon for more details. We will also include this in your welcome email prior to the conference.
Please inform Mary Zitelli (email@example.com) as soon as possible of any special needs an individual in your group may have so that we can accommodate to the best of our ability. For example, we can arrange to have an interpreter for someone who is hearing impaired during parts of the conference, but we need to know this in advance in order to meet specific needs.
Food allergy information is collected via the online digital liability form. Participants with food allergies must fill out that online form prior to June 15th in order for their allergy to be accommodated at the conference.
Please watch this instructional video that will walk you through how to access your group’s digital paperwork. If you are still having difficulty after watching the video, contact Mary Zitelli (firstname.lastname@example.org).
All participants attending the conference must complete a digital liability form. To fill out the digital paperwork for your child, you will need to get your group’s code or direct link from your group leader. This instructional video will walk you through the steps for completing the paperwork.
Yes, you have two options to get your teen registered for the conference. You can form and register a small group comprised of yourself, your teen, and some of his or her friends. In that case you would be the group leader. We require a minimum group size of 3 and all groups must comply with the chaperone requirements. The other option is to find out if there is a parish in your area attending the conference and then you can contact the youth minister at that parish to see if they’d be willing to take your teen as a part of their group. Contact Mary Zitelli (email@example.com) to see if any groups from your area are registered.
The Franciscan LEAD weeks that typically take place the week prior to each Steubenville Conference will not be held in 2022. If you have leadership teens that were hoping to attend LEAD, consider bringing a group to the Life Teen Leadership Conference instead!
We rely on the dedication and generosity of many volunteers to make the conference successful. If you are interested in volunteering at the conference, please click here to learn more about the volunteer application process.
Are there teens in your group with a desire to grow in servant leadership and discipleship? If so, Steubenville offers a great opportunity for a small group of teens to take part in LEAD week prior to the conference. For more information about LEAD, CLICK HERE.