How to apply to the Youth Speak News mentorship program

Are you a university or senior high school student 16 or older?

Do you like to write?

Do you want to improve your skills in a mentoring program led by a professional journalist?

Do you want to enrich your faith?

The Catholic Register wants you. We are assembling a new team of student writers from across Canada for the 2020-21 school year. Entering its 20th year, The Catholic Register’s award-winning Youth Speak News program mentors young people with an interest in media to develop their skills in a faith context.

The YSN program provides:

Training and Mentorship

  • hands-on training in Catholic news media, reporting on stories and writing columns based on current events
  • professional coaching from experienced journalists at The Catholic Register
  • instruction in journalism fundamentals such as news gathering, opinion writing, photography and newspaper design


  • enhance your resume with a diverse portfolio of news articles and opinion pieces
  • become a published author in an award-winning weekly newspaper
  • gain journalism experience and connect with influential members of the Catholic community


  • attend an expense-paid spring retreat in Toronto
  • meet and greet fellow YSN writers from across Canada
  • participate in skill-building seminars and workshops


See the current YSN team and view the latest YSN stories.


How to apply:

1. Resume

Submit a resume indicating any writing or journalism experience (e.g. school or campus newspaper, yearbook, photography), academic achievements, volunteer work and employment history. Include at least two references that include one of either a youth minister, pastor or teacher who can vouch for your interest in media/communications and that you are a committed Catholic.

2. Application form

Click here to download our application form.

E-mail the completed application form to:

Tel: (416) 934-3410 ext. 403

Twitter: @youthspeaknews

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