VIA is coordinating an Archdiocesan effort to get as many high school youth as possible to the MC4 Steubenville Youth Conference (July 13-15, 2018). We want to target this conference in the summer of 2018 in order to follow Archbishop Schnurr to the conference at which he will be preaching on July 14.
If the conferences are new to you, or you want to learn much more, check out the Steubenville Youth Conference website.
Incentives for all of the 2018 Steubenville Youth Conferences
In our conversations with Steubenville, we have been able to establish several incentives for MC4, which will also be generously extended to any group from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati attending ANY of the other Main Campus conferences. :
For New Groups: Any parish that has never attended a Steubenville Conference, or that did not attend in 2017, can get one free adult chaperone registration for every ten youth they bring.
For Growing Groups: For those groups that have attended in the past, we will offer a free adult chaperone spot for every ten additional teens they bring above what they brought in 2017. E.g. - if you brought 20 teens last year and this year you bring 30, you will get one chaperone spot for free - there is no limit to the number of free spots you can earn.
Registration Info for MC4
(Read this. . . .It's different than what you are used to)
Steubenville is also willing to hold spots for groups from the Archdiocese that will be attending MC4 to ensure that we get all of the spots we need, and that they are able to accommodate your incentives. If you are coming to MC4, here is how registration will work:
Using this Google form, please fill in your contact info, organization, and the number of youth spots, chaperone spots, and priest spots you want to reserve. You need to accomplish this step by 4pm on Nov. 1, 2018. Brad will report this total number to Steubenville so spots can be set aside for groups from the Archdiocese for MC4.
In order to purchase your spots, you will need to call the Steubenville Conference Office and register between November 6 and November 10. Any unclaimed spots on hold for the Archdiocese will be released at the close of business on November 10. When you call, tell the customer service rep that you are calling to claim you pre-reserved spots that are part of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati's block. Give them your name and the number of spots you reserved. Once they confirm your pre-registration, you will need to give a credit card or make arrangements to pay by check in order to secure the spots by paying the standard deposit fee. The number of the Steubenville Conference Office is 740-283-6315.
Transportation for MC4
In order to facilitate better communication and collaboration for the trip to Steubenville for MC4, we will be emailing all of the group leaders in early November with access to a spreadsheet with the contact info and total numbers of participants from the other groups in the Archdiocese heading to the July 13-15 conference. It is our hope that groups will work together on transportation (e.g. van rentals, chartering buses, etc.) in order to cut costs and to help new group leaders.
NOTE: Brad is negotiating quotes with two bus companies to hold buses at the lowest rate possible for groups attending MC4 from the Archdiocese. It would be like blocking hotel rooms for a wedding...same concept...but for buses. Stay tuned for info on this and we’ll work together to get everyone there as cheaply as possible.
Tees for MC4
The Archbishop will be preaching at Mass on July 14. It would be nice to have a display of Archdiocesan unity that day via a t-shirt. These tees (yet to be designed) will be both cool and cheap ($5 each or less). We’ll send an order form out in November so that we can work together to look cool, order tees and, again, keep the costs down.
Group Leader Meeting
Whether you’ve been to a Steubenville Conference before or not, we would like to set up a group leader meeting in early June. This will allow us to pray together as leaders, talk through conference logistics, answer questions, brainstorm follow-up opportunities, and distribute t-shirts. This meeting will take place in Dayton and it will be expected that all of the group leaders attending MC4 (or a designee) will be in attendance. Any other group leaders attending a different weekend are more than welcome at this meeting as well.
*NOTE: If your parish/group is not available to attend MC4 but is interested in attending one of the other conferences, please register on Nov. 6, 2017 using the regular protocol listed on the conference website. The incentive for new groups from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and those who grow (1 group leader spot free for every 10 additional teens you bring) will be honored at all five on campus youth conferences. If you would like to take advantage of this incentive at a conference other than MC4, please email John Beaulieu (email@example.com) and he will be sure the discount is applied to your bill.
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