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Offices Parish Life Youth Ministry Diocesan Youth Advisory Council

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Diocesan Youth Advisory Council

Purpose: To be the voice of the Young Church to the Bishop, to make the needs of youth known, and to form leaders as missionary disciples to their peers, families, and parishes.

High school teens:

We need YOUR voice!


  • Attend monthly formation meetings and annual retreat (mainly weeknights; locations across the diocese).
  • Inform the diocese on topics to cover for events for youth, volunteers, and youth ministers. 
  • Provide support for Diocesan Youth Ministry events. 
  • Remain active as a missionary disciple, leader, and role model within the parish. 


  • Active, practicing, Catholic 
  • Confirmed or preparing for Confirmation 
  • Currently in 10th or 11th grade
  • A role model to peers

Time Commitment: 

  • One year, eligible to reapply for a second term.
  • Attend monthly formation meetings and annual retreat. 
  • Attend Mass every weekend
  • Receive Reconciliation once a month 
  • Remain active in ministry at your parish 
  • Participate in diocesan events including CLE 2:16


Teen Applications are due February 10, 2024.

Teens will be contacted in March to let you know if you have been chosen to be on the Advisory Council.


Recommendation Forms are due February 28, 2024.

Teens must have two letters of recommendation:

  • One must be from your youth minister, campus minister, priest, deacon, or parish staff member.
  • One additional recommendation from any of the above or a coach, teacher, youth ministry volunteer/core member, employer, scouting leader or adult that observes you in a leadership position (not your mom’s best friend).


Waiver Form is due February 28, 2024.

A parent/guardian is asked to complete this form for their teen who is applying to be on the Council.

The hope is that the Diocesan Youth Advisory Council will include teen representatives from all 8 counties of the Diocese of Cleveland.

Questions?  Please contact Francine Costantini or Cari Reagan.


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