what is sylc?

The Salesian Youth Leadership Conference (SYLC) is a formation experience of Salesian spirituality, leadership training and networking for young people from Salesian ministries throughout the Western United States. Since the summer of 1985, young people and adults have gathered at SYLC to develop their abilities as youth ministry leaders and to grow in friendship as members of the Salesian Youth Movement.


SYLC is for young people between the ages of 15 and 21 from Salesian schools, parishes, youth centers and camps who are either already in leadership or demonstrate potential for being a Christian leader among their peers. SYLC is also for adults who serve in ministry with youth. Full participation in the SYLC experience will equip youth, young adult and adult leaders with skills and strategies for Salesian youth ministry.

When is SYLC?

SYLC 2021 will begin on Friday, June 11, 2021 and conclude on Thursday, June 17, 2021.

Where does SYLC take place?

SYLC is normally held at Camp St. Francis in Aptos, California, which is situated on spectacular cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean in the Monterey Bay. It offers comfortable accommodations for 125 total participants. All participants are housed in single gendered dormitories. This year SYLC will be virtual!

How much does SYLC cost?

The program fee for SYLC is $445.00 per participant. This includes lodging, food, training program and materials for five days. Some Salesian communities conduct fundraisers to help offset the cost of their participants. This year our program fee is only $200.00 per participant which includes training program and materials for five days, access to exclusive resources and material for 12 months, and a gift package!

How many participants can come to SYLC?

Salesian sites may bring up to ten (10) participants. This includes both youth and adult participants. Non-Salesian sites may bring up to six (6) participants. Space is limited and first come, first serve so it is encouraged that you send in all necessary forms and payments in a timely manner. Adult leaders/chaperones must be at least 22 years old.