The City of Saints Teen Conference will be held at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Participants are housed in the dorms, fed in the dining halls, and participate in all conference events on the campus of UCLA.
Housing for the City of Saints Teen Conference is dormitory style with each room being shared. Each room will have extra -long twin beds with all bedding and towels provided. Restrooms and common areas are shared. The City of Saints Teen Conference makes every effort to assure that all rooms have either a private or shared bath. Communal restrooms will not be used.
1. Room Assignments:
The City of Saints Teen Conference has strict policies on males and females being housed separately. Housing is gender specific. Teen participants of the same gender will be housed together. At least 1 chaperone for every 10 young people will be housed in the same building as their participants (according to gender). 18-20 year old adult participants will be housed separately as they are not considered chaperones. Every effort is made to house your group together, however it is possible that a participant or chaperone from your group may be housed with another parish.
Housing will be available at 4pm on the first day of the conference. Groups arriving and checking-in prior to that time are able to have their luggage stored while they wait for their rooms to be ready. The City of Saints Teen Conference encourages these groups to take advantage of pre-conference activities.
Participants will be given a keycard that they use for admittance into the housing areas. These keycards are individually distributed at the participants housing location. It is the policy of the venue that each individual must sign for their own keycard. Group leaders will not be able to sign for individual room keys.
Keycards are used to enter dorm rooms and used in the dining halls for meals. Only registered participants may stay in our housing facilities, attend sessions and receive meals. The City of Saints Teen Conference strongly encourages group leaders and chaperones to collect the key cards after the participants have signed for their rooms. Participants will not be permitted to return to their dorms during the conference without an adult chaperone. Lost cards will result in a $50 fee paid directly the venue.
All bedding and towels will be provided in the dorm rooms. Participants will need to bring appropriate clothing, sturdy walking shoes, and personal toiletries and hygiene products. The weather is expected to be warm, so while casual clothing is appropriate, modesty is encouraged.
Housing Policies: Housing is gender specific and limited to registered participants only. Furniture is to remain inside the room, and beds are to remain in their original places. No hallways or pathways may be blocked. Participants are not allowed in the dorm buildings of the opposite gender. Curfew times are enforced and participants are not permitted to leave the dorms after lights out. In general, the dorms are considered a quiet space. Noise levels should be kept to a minimum and no audible noise should come from the rooms. Televisions and dorm phones are not be used or disconnected. Making calls will result in charges at the participants’ expense. Defacing property in any way will result in dismissal from the conference and could be considered a criminal offense.
Each participant will receive 6 meals beginning with dinner on Friday and concluding with lunch on Sunday. Lunch will not be provided on Friday afternoon, so groups planning to arrive early should make their own arrangements.
All meals will be eaten in the dining halls on campus. Food is served buffet style, with a variety of food options to suit every taste. Meal cards are used and will need to be swiped before entry into the dining hall. Meal times and locations are group specific.
Upon check-in, the group leader will receive notice of the location and times of their groups’ meals. Each group will be assigned to a specific dining hall and meal time. To avoid confusion and delays, it is imperative that groups eat at their assigned time and location. If meals are eaten outside of these parameters, groups will be billed the cost of the meal ($15-20) per violation.
The dining halls do offer options for those with food allergies or sensitivities. Those with sensitivities to milk, eggs, wheat, soy, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, gluten and dairy can be accommodated with what is regularly offered. Those who are diabetic, vegetarian, vegan, or in need of a low sodium diet can also be accommodated. If dietary restrictions exceed this, please contact the Office of Youth Ministry at the Archdiocese of Los Angeles no later than 3 weeks prior to the conference so that arrangements can be made.
The campus prohibits bags, backpacks, purses, and water bottles from being brought into the dining halls. Complimentary lockers are provided for participants to store their personal belonging. Signs outside of the locker area explain how to set and re-set a code to lock the locker and ensure the safety of your belongings. Items are stored at your own risk.
General Sessions are held in the beautiful and historic Royce Hall. Breakout sessions, the Plaza, and Sacred Space are held in other meeting spaces on campus. At no time will the participants need to leave campus to participate in programming for the City of Saints Teen Conference.
Directions to Campus: The campus is located at 405 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90095. UCLA’s main campus is bordered by Sunset Blvd. on the north and Le Conte Avenue on the south. Hilgard Avenue is to the east and Gayley borders campus on the west.