(GREEK ORTHODOX YOUTH OF AMERICA)
The Greek Orthodox Youth of America, or GOYA, ministers to young people ages 13-18. Teenagers should be in sixth/seventh through twelfth grades to participate, depending on the how junior high/middle school is structured within your area. It is recommended that GOYA ministry be divided into two distinct groups, the middle school GOYA ministry and the high school GOYA ministry. Since GOYA is ministry of the church, the orientation and implementation of the program should reflect the Orthodox Christian Faith, Tradition and Life.
All Youth Ministries aim to present the children and youth of our community with a continuum-based ministry; integrating them into a more complete participation of the Liturgical life of our Orthodox Faith.
GOYA provides the young Greek Orthodox Christians of Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church of Washington, DC an opportunity to advance and strengthen the relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The goal is to encourage them to become active Liturgical participants in the life of the Body of Christ. This is accomplished through the four ecclesial characteristics of Diakonia (Service), Martyria (Witness), Liturgia (Worship), and Koinonia (Fellowship).