NeXt Level

What Is NeXt Level?

NeXt Level is an immersive experience that empowers youth from parishes across NJ to discover their gifts and passions in order to create and implement parish-wide passion projects rooted in the Catholic tradition of service and justice. 8 parishes in NJ have been selected to participate in NeXt Level, a program funded by the Lilly Endowment, which offers a new approach to youth ministry designed to strengthen Catholic parishes.

NeXt Level provides youth with a series of social gatherings, interactive retreats, a weeklong overnight service immersion experience, weekly support for project implementation, and peer learning opportunities to support their leadership development, spiritual growth, and deeper understanding of faith in action through service and social justice. In their community, youth will implement a project designed by their cohort of youth delegates that will engage members of their parish across generations. Youth will be supported through all of this by adult mentors, parish staff, and NeXt Level staff.

Youth participation in NeXt Level is invaluable to their parishes, and to the church at large! As Pope Francis said at World Youth Day in Panama, “Dear young people, you are not the future but the now of God.”

If you or your parish are interested in finding out more about becoming a NeXt Level parish, please contact Maggie Smith.

Participating Parishes:


Important Dates for 2021:

MLK Peer Learning Day January 18, 2021 | Virtual

Ignition Retreat April 24, 2021 | Location, TBD

Level Up Experiences July 25 – 31, 2021 & August 8 – 14, 2021 | St. James Retreat House, Trenton, NJ


NeXt Level Advisory Council

NeXt Level has an advisory council that is comprised of a distinguished group of national experts and practitioners who care deeply about young people their faith practice, and the future of our Church. The council members attend an annual conference where they provide ongoing programmatic counsel and feedback. Read more about the advisory council members.


CFJ has served more than 6,000 youth and young adults through our intensive retreat-style WorX immersion experiences. Read how our alumni have been impacted by our programs.