Greek Orthodox Youth of America
The mission and goal of The Greek Orthodox Youthg of America (GOYA) ministry is to lead our young people into experiencing the Holy Orthodox Faith. By developing a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and becoming active sacramental members of the living Church, our young people will be equipped with tools necessary to assist them in their journey toward salvation.
GOYA ministers to young people in seventh through twelfth grades. The National Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries recommends that GOYA ministry be based on the following four characteristics: Worship (Liturgia), Fellowship (Koinonia), Service (Diakonia), and Witness (Martyria). GOYAns participate in the above four characteristics by:
Participation in the Divine Services and Sacraments of the Church throughout the year. Prayer services at GOYA gatherings. Prayer for those who are sick or in need. Observance of the Church calendar, including the Feasts and Fasts. Camp and retreat programs, church sponsored athletic programs, ethnic dancing, etc. Film, video and multimedia presentations and subsequent discussions. Performance of religious productions (plays, musicals, role-playing, etc.) Day, overnight or weeklong outings. Volunteerism at the parish level. Local work projects to beautify and maintain the parish. Outreach to the elderly, the sick, the shut-ins, etc. Support of missions abroad and at home. Volunteerism in a local soup kitchen for the day. Sharing the faith with one another and with others outside the group. Being ambassadors of Christ to people with whom we come in contact. Inviting a non-Orthodox friend to a Church service or GOYA event. Sponsoring a booth at the Church Festival or community event to share the Orthodox Faith.
For detailed information on the national GOYA program, leadership, youth activities, and the Challenge Newsletter please see: the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America's Youth and Young Adult Ministries.