FAQ's

General Questions

What is the role of the National Staff?

The National Office exists to preserve and promote the YCP Mission. The staff oversee training, development and implementation of each local chapter throughout the country. Local chapters rely on YCP National for ongoing guidance, direction and support. Read more about the 4 primary roles of YCP National here.

What if I'm already a member of the team (leader or board member) and want to continue for another term?

We work closely with each chapter to build a team with complementary skill sets, personalities, and experience levels. We also want to offer the volunteer experience as a way for members to get involved with YCP on a deeper level. For these reasons we ask current leaders to reapply each year if they'd like to stay in their current role or shift to a different role on the team. This is also a great opportunity for you to share about what you learned in your first term and any additional skills you've developed over the past year (i.e. you took a class on graphic design to hone your skills as the chapter's "Graphic Design Coordinator")

I'm interested in an assistant or coordinator role (varies by chapter) - do I still need to apply?

The President, VP, and Director-level roles are consistent across YCP's entire network. Chapters have the flexibility to add additional "assistant" or "coordinator" roles to their team based on the needs of their chapter. These roles would work closely on a team with their Director. YCP provides suggestions for these roles in the Training Guides you'll receive after joining the leadership team. We highly recommend that assistants and coordinators apply for their roles, as this is the surest way to access the fullness of our YCP training experience with the National Office. By completing the application we can plug you in to the onboarding, training, and ongoing learning experiences that YCP offers its volunteers.

Leaders

What is the leadership team and who are ideal candidates?

Chapter leaders sought should be devout young Catholics who are consummate professionals, humble servants, innovative problem-solvers, and passionate evangelizers. The leadership team consists of 7 volunteer positions held by young people in their 20s and 30s: Chapter President, 6 Directors (2 of whom have additional leadership responsibilities as Vice Presidents).

What is the time commitment of a chapter leader?

A chapter leader offers anywhere from 1-10+ hours a week (unpaid volunteer work for the glory of God) in order to spearhead the efforts of the local chapter. The estimated time is based on a fully-staffed leadership team. Please keep in mind the numerous support materials and services provided by the National Staff!

What do the chapter leaders do?

Chapter leaders report to their chapter board of directors, deploy financial resources, network with CEO’s and top notch executives, and rally a diverse set of skills to achieve challenging goals and bring young people to Christ through exceptional programming.

What does YCP look for in my applicant video?

Professional attire, professional setting, clear articulation of YCP’s unique mission, their unique contribution to a specific role, and passion and excitement for YCP!

How should I record my applicant video?

Using your phone works well! Make sure you're in a quiet place with good light when recording.

Board Members

What is the purpose of the chapter Board of Directors?

Board members help ensure the integrity of our national mission as well as serve the leadership team in an advisory capacity by sharing resources and mentorship.

What is a board member’s time commitment?

Board members are asked to commit approximately 1 hour per week, attend board meetings (once a quarter), attend chapter events so that at least one board member is present at each event, and personally contribute (or help to fundraise) annual board dues.

What does the ideal board member look like?

Ideal board members are devout Catholic executives who are experienced professionals, well-connected community leaders, humble servants, noble mentors, and passionate about young people and the propagation of the Faith. We typically look for 2-3 young professional board members (30-39 years old) and 6-7 "seasoned" Catholic board members (40+ years old).

Why are board members asked to contribute annual board dues of $1,250 (“young professionals”) or $2,500 (“seasoned”) to the YCP chapter?

  • Many non-profits require dues from their board members - this is best-practice, and many times involves board dues in addition to an ongoing annual fundraising goal (not the case for YCP board members). This frees up the leaders to focus on excellence in programming, and spiritual and professional growth of their team and community in creative ways, rather than "beating-the-pavement" fundraising to simply keep the chapter afloat.
  • Board Dues cover a majority of the chapter budget (typically $15k annually) - the chapter is thus financially "self-sustainable" from day one. This is huge for the chapter to start out cash-flow positive.
  • Fundraising requires a significant investment of time - each YCP leader has already committed to 3-10 hours/week depending on their role. These time requirements could easily double when a fundraising effort is involved. Because board members contribute, it allows the chapter to be volunteer-run with the additional support of the National Staff.

*Board members can either pay board dues directly, through in-kind contributions, or can fundraise the dues among friends.

Chaplain

What is the purpose of the chapter chaplain?

The chaplain's main role is to shepherd the local volunteer leadership team, and the secondary role is to serve the YCP attendees. Chaplains provide spiritual guidance to foster greater commitment to prayer and the sacraments.

What does the ideal chaplain look like?

Ideal chaplains are devout Catholic priests who are dynamic, youthful preachers. They have the time to commit to shepherding the volunteer leaders (helping to refuel their service flame!). These priests are also bold catechists unafraid to share the fullness of Church teaching with attendees in a way that is relatable and approachable.