2022 Child and Youth Protection Catholic Leadership Conference (CYPCLC)

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We look forward to having you join us June 5-8, 2022!

The 16th Annual Child and Youth Protection Catholic Leadership Conference will take place in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in the Diocese of Grand Rapids. Join us in person or virtually!

We've got great things in store for you in 2022! Watch a video preview of the 2022 conference here or click the video player on the left to view.

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Conference Registration

Register to Attend In Person

Cost for In-Person Attendance - $400

Register to Attend Online

Cost for Online Attendance - $200

IMPORTANT: As part of your conference attendance, you must sign the "Waiver and Release" found here, or as part of your online registration process.

If you have registration questions, please contact Chris Castano at [email protected] or call 616-475-1246.

Hotel Reservations

A block of rooms has been reserved for conference attendees at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in downtown Grand Rapids. Click here to make your reservation. For additional details, also seethe "Hotel and Travel Information" section further down the page for additional details.

Nightly Room Rate: $149 per night

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Conference Itinerary and Speakers

The 2022 conference will be structured somewhat differently than previous ones with each day defined by a distinct theme.

View the itinerary for additional details.
Speaker Biographies and Topics

Become a Sponsor

The 2022 Child and Youth Protection Catholic Leadership Conference (CYPCLC) offers numerous sponsorship opportunities with tangible benefits for every budget. Strengthen your marketing and branding efforts, network and engage with approximately 200 attendees from all over the United States by becoming a 2022 CYPCLC sponsor.

To become a sponsor:

View available sponsorship opportunities

A printable application form is included in the link above. To secure your spot by mail, print, complete and send it with payment to the address designated on the form, or

Click here to complete the online sponsorship application

When completing the online application, the option to pay online, or mail a check separately is available.

Secure your spot today!


General Sponsorship Information:

Virginia Trujillo – 2022 CYPCLC Committee Representative
[email protected]

Chris Castano - 2022 CYPCLC Committee Representative
[email protected]

Hotel and Travel Information

As you prepare to join us in Grand Rapids, please reference the travel details below. If you have questions, contact Chris Castano at [email protected] or call 616-475-1246.

Hotel Accommodations

A block of rooms has been reserved for conference attendees at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in downtown Grand Rapids. The nightly room rate is $149. Click the button below to make your reservation.

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
187 Monroe Ave. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Phone: 1-844-HI-CURIO, or call locally 616-774-2000

Click here to book your hotel room


Airline Travel

Grand Rapids Airport (GRR): Gerald R. Ford International Airport

Airline carriers include:



American Airlines


Delta Air Lines


Frontier Airlines


Southwest Airlines


United Airlines


Ground Transportation from Airport to Hotel:
Travel time from the airport in Grand Rapids to the hotel is about 20 minutes. The hotel does not provide an airport shuttle. We recommend using Uber, Lyft, a taxi or renting a car if that is your preference. If you rent a vehicle, please be aware of the following rates for hotel parking: $32 per night for self-parking and $35 per night for valet parking (Both allow 24-hour in-and-out access).

Additional airport options near Grand Rapids*:
Bishop International Airport - Flint (FNT)
Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW)
Kalamazoo Battle Creek International Airport (AZO)
Capital Region International Airport - Lansing (LAN)
Muskegon County Airport (MKG)

*Please note: The additional airport options listed above are within one to three hours of Grand Rapids and will require a car rental.




Thank You to our Sponsors!

Knights of Columbus - Diamond Sponsor

In 1882, Blessed Michael McGivney, a young parish priest in New Haven, Connecticut, founded the Knights of Columbus to serve the needs of a largely immigrant Catholic community. What began as a small fraternal benefit society has since grown into one of the world’s leading international charitable organizations, with 2 million members in more than 16,000 local councils. During the past year, Knights around the world donated more than 47 million service hours and $150 million for worthy causes in their communities. Based on the founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity, the Order remains committed to strengthening Catholic families and parishes and to practicing faith in action through service to all in need. To learn more or to join the Knights of Columbus, please visit kofc.org/join.

Selection.com - Diamond Sponsor

SELECTiON.COM® is proud to be a faith-based background check company. The majority of our SELECTiON.COM® team are also active members of the Catholic Church, many with children or grandchildren currently in the parochial school system. As such, we truly have a vested interest in the safe environments that shape our children and our communities. As an exclusive Diocesan benefit, we offer Quarterly Watch for FREE. Our Quarterly Watch® service re-screens volunteers and employees every three months through Search America®, the nation’s largest criminal database with over ONE-BILLION records. Visit https://selection.com/kindle to enter to win an Amazon Kindle!

Virtus - Platinum Sponsor

The VIRTUS® programs empower organizations and people to better control risk and improve the lives of all those who interact with the Church. All VIRTUS training programs, including the Protecting God’s Children® facilitator-led and online programs, are comprehensive and multi-dimensional, incorporating proven best practice standards for the prevention of child sexual abuse. VIRTUS Online is the database management system that provides ongoing training, resources, tracking and compliance functionality, and provides a comprehensive menu of functions for churches, religious entities, and organizations from one convenient web-based resource. The Empowering God’s Children® program is a lesson plan-based curriculum for children and youth.

Reference Services Inc. - Gold Sponsor

Reference Services, Inc. (RSI) is a full-service firm, offering a comprehensive suite of background screening reports, verification services, drug testing, DOT and random drug testing programs. Our promise to you– QUALITY data with the industry's best accuracy, SPEED with reports returned within hours, SIMPLICITY with easy-to-use software, and CUSTOMER SERVICE beyond your expectations.‌

As an RSI partner, you’ll experience…

  • Extended customer service hours during evenings, weekends and holidays
  • Calls answered immediately & issues resolved in 60 minutes or less
  • No Phone Tree answering service
  • Instant access to most reports
  • Criminal background searches turn-around time average less than 24 hours

Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids - Gold Sponsor

  • Led by our bishop, Most Rev. David J. Walkowiak, the Diocese of Grand Rapids serves more than 175,114 Catholics, 80 parishes and 31 schools in an 11-county area of West Michigan.

Catholic Mutual Group - Silver Sponsor

Established by Catholic Bishops over 125 years ago, Catholic Mutual Group has offered coverage options in property, casualty and employee benefits tailored to the specific needs of our Arch/Diocesan members across the country. We are strongly committed to protecting the valuable assets entrusted to the Church, which includes safeguarding all youth and vulnerable adults.

CMGConnect—Catholic Mutual Group’s online learning platform—provides valuable Risk Management resources and access to our Safe Environment program. In addition to convenience, our real-time database offers integrated background checks, unlimited users, data storage, reporting tools, and quality customer support. Contact us today to learn more!

Circle of Grace - Silver Sponsor

Circle of Grace is a catechist and teacher friendly, K – 12 faith based protection curriculum used in over 60 dioceses. The Circle of Grace concept holds our very essence in body, mind, heart, soul and sexuality. Children and youth are taught to identify and maintain appropriate physical, emotional, spiritual and sexual boundaries; recognize when boundary violations are about to occur; and demonstrate how to take action when boundaries are threatened or violated. New for 2022, Family Faith and Circle of Grace, designed specifically for family faith formation programs. The curriculum is also available in Spanish.

Praesidium - Silver Sponsor

Praesidium is the leading innovator of scientifically based solutions designed to transform the way organizations approach the prevention of sexual abuse. Praesidium’s expertise, consulting, and solutions help to foster safer environments for children, vulnerable adults, staff, volunteers, and all parties involved. For over 30 years, Praesidium has trained more than one million people online and hundreds of thousands in person. As the largest and most comprehensive sexual abuse risk management firm globally, Praesidium knows how sexual abuse happens and, more importantly, how to prevent it. Learn more at www.praesidiuminc.com.

Biometric Information Management - Bronze Sponsor

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Covenant Eyes - Bronze Sponsor

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Catholic Foundation of West Michigan - Scholarship Sponsor

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Catholic Diocese of Lansing - Scholarship Sponsor

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National Catholic Services, LLC – Virtus - Scholarship Sponsor

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Compass Child Protection - Copper Sponsor

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Protect Young Eyes - Copper Sponsor

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We Stand Guard - Copper Sponsor

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