Nearly 34,000 students will attend the North American Youth Congress (NAYC) at the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium, July 26-28. NAYC is one of the largest religious youth gatherings in North America. Youth and young adults from North America and around the world will participate in worship and training sessions, humanitarian and fundraising projects, and social activities.
During the event thousands of student volunteers are partnering with The Pack Shack and Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana to pack meals for distribution to food insecure households. Volunteers are currently on track to pack 200,000 meals in one hour. For more information visit project2239.org.
On Friday evening, young entrepreneurs will pitch their business ideas in The Great Pitch NAYC 2017, a venture competition intended to inspire youth to use their talents, skills and abilities to create real impact in real lives across our country and around the world. The application process began in March, and will culminate with semi-finalist and finalist pitches in front of judges (and people's choice crowd vote) in Lucas Oil Stadium. Over $100,000 in prizes and exposure are up for grabs, plus additional investment opportunities. On Thursday afternoon, the semi-finalist pitches will be held at Launch Indy, a new entrepreneur and innovation center in downtown Indianapolis.
NAYC is a biennial Christian youth event that began in 1979. It is organized by the General Youth Division of the United Pentecostal Church International, a Oneness Pentecostal organization with 40,000 churches worldwide.