The Greek Orthodox Youth of America, or GOYA, is the ministry to teenagers. Since GOYA is ministry, the orientation and implementation of the program should reflect the Orthodox Christian Faith, Tradition and Life.
GOYA is ministry to middle and high school grade Orthodox Christian teenagers. Members should be 12 years old and in seventh through twelfth grades to participate. It is recommended that GOYA ministry be divided into two distinct groups, the junior high GOYA ministry and the high school GOYA ministry.
The mission and goal of 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.
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).
GOYA Greek Dancing
An advanced dance group for GOYA members that stresses commitment, enthusiasm, team work and peer mentoring. Members are taught various regional dances from Greece and the Hellenic diaspora. The group performs at Metropolis-wide competitions as well as, Sights and Sounds and festivals. The group meets weekly through the school year.