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The Steubenville Youth Conferences, an outreach of Franciscan University of Steubenville, are a series of conferences across North America that help teens encounter the love of Christ every summer. Life Teen hosts six 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 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.
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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.
Don’t let the lights, sounds and crowds fool you, a Life Teen hosted Steubenville Conference is so much more than just another youth rally. Through an energetic and welcoming atmosphere, these conferences aim to lead the young church into a life-changing experience with the love of God. Attending a Steubenville Conference will bring your teens face to face with the relevant proclamation of the Gospel, authentic moments of worship and prayer, and above all, a tangible encounter with Christ in the Sacraments.
Early Bird Cost: $190
Cost After June 1st: $205
Deposit Amount: $50
Deadline for Payment of Deposit: Two weeks after registering online
Deadline for Payment of Final Balance: June 1st
Meals Included: Friday dinner, Saturday lunch and dinner, breakfast included in hotel rate if you stay at Hilton.
Note: Sunday boxed lunch is no longer included due to the large amount of waste we have had from this meal each year. Removing this lunch allows us to keep pricing the same for 2020. Please reach out to Erika Niehaus if you have any questions.
Steubenville NorCal will be held at:
1970 Diamond Blvd
Concord, CA 94520
For group reservations click here.
Steubenville NorCal Schedule
How do I pay my Steubenville balance after registering?
If the deposit has not been paid online by credit card, a deposit check must be received in the Life Teen offices no more than two weeks after the date you registered online to secure and confirm your spots.
Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferrable to the final balance.
Final balance payments must be received in the Life Teen offices by June 1, 2020 in order to receive the early bird pricing.
Steubenville NorCal Registration Info
Safe Environment Compliance Form
We have a whole team ready to help you!
For registration questions, contactMary Zitelli at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For conference questions, contact Andrew Brown at email@example.com.
For general Life Teen/Steubenville questions, contact Erika Niehaus at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 who wish to attend the conference should apply to volunteer at the conference as they cannot be registered with a group. 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.
The required chaperone to youth ratio is 1 chaperone for up to every 8 youth of the same gender. For example, if 4 girls and 2 boys are attending, there must be at least 1 female AND 1 male chaperone. All chaperones will need to provide proof of completing your (Arch)Diocesan Safe Environment requirements.
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 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.
Yes. If you have a deacon attending with your group who would like to assist at the conference liturgies, he must bring the following with him to the conference: alb, stole, and Letter of Good Standing (download here). Upon arrival at the conference, he should check-in at the priest check-in table with his Letter of Good Standing.
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.
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.
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).
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 June 1st. 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 Priest 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 Priest Registration section of the conference website to read about the required priest paperwork and to fill out the form to get him registered.
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 1. The $50 deposit will be forfeited, but the remaining balance will not be owed if spots are dropped before June 1. Spots may be dropped by emailing Mary Zitelli at email@example.com. Parishes will be held responsible for payment in full for all spots not dropped by June 1. 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 paid in full participant with the proper paperwork submitted. We are not able to house bus drivers unless they are registered conference participants.
Please inform Mary Zitelli (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
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.
As an outreach of Franciscan University of Steubenville, we are a series of 24 conferences across North America that help teens encounter the love of Christ every summer. Our mission is to build the Church by helping teens encounter the love of Jesus Christ. For more information about the Steubenville Conferences, CLICK HERE.