Mission

The mission and goal of the Greek Orthodox Youth of America (GOYA) ministry is to lead our young people to experience 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 the tools necessary to assist them in their journey toward salvation.

Participation

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) &
Witness (Martyria)

GOYAns participate in the above four characteristics in a variety of ways. Some of these include:

  • Participation in the Divine Services and Sacraments of the Church throughout the year,
  • Prayer services at GOYA gatherings,
  • Camp and retreat programs, Athletic programs, and Greek Folk Dance,
  • Volunteerism, Inreach, and Outreach,
  • Support missions abroad and at home,
  • Being ambassadors of Christ to others, and  
  • Inviting non-Orthodox friends.
  • Please check our Weekly Bulletin and Community Calendar for upcoming GOYA activities.

Register your children here: 2024-2025 Youth Ministries Registration

Teachers and volunteers, please register for your youth safety training through our Archdiocese here: Annunciation/Evangelismos Church Youth Worker Registration

2023-2024 GOYA Advisors: Gina Giannoumis, Marina Blackton