National Chaplain Association for Youth at  Risk

NCAYR exists…


To provide professional development and support to those who are engaged in ministry to youth at risk
To advocate for at-risk youth to have access to the practice of their family’s faith, and to be served by qualified chaplains.”


The National Chaplains’ Association for Youth at Risk (NCAYR) is in its 59th year of support for ministers to youth in youth-serving agencies throughout the nation. NCAYR began in Chicago in 1948 with a small conference of chaplains from training schools in New York, Michigan and Chicago. Four chaplains began the association that grew into a network of approximately 150 members over the years and annual conferences were held in 15 different States. We seek out ministers from every youth-serving agency in the nation to join our Association and to increase our sharing of support and ideas for our common mission to advocate for quality spiritual