NCSY is the official youth movement of the Orthodox Union (OU), established sixty years ago with the specific goal of developing a passion for Judaism in the challenging demographic of teenagers. Since that time, NCSY has grown to serve 20,000 teens annually in more than 200 cities throughout the United States. NCSY provides a venue for participants to develop an appreciation, understanding, and love of their Jewish heritage and Israel irrespective of religious background and/or affiliation. By offering a broad range of experiential and educational programs, NCSY enables teens to move forward on their Jewish journey. Integral to establishing their identity as young committed Jews are NCSY’s more intensive programs that include Shabbatons and Israel summer programs.