Mission Statement

The mission and goal of the Greek Orthodox Youth 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.

Who it Serves

GOYA ministers to teenagers of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America in junior high or high school (7th to 12th grades) between the ages of 12 and 18 years old.

Youth Ministry Foundation

The foundation of all youth ministry is the cultivation and education of our young people in order to become viable members of the Body of Christ. GOYA is but one means to this end. GOYA must not stand alone, but be incorporated into the entire sphere of the Church's mission. 
The adolescent world is constantly changing – it is virtually impossible to keep up with every new trend and movement of youth culture. Growing up in today’s society is a much more difficult task than it was in previous times. Our young people are being shaped by negative and destructive influences, ones that can and will define who they are and who they will become. For this reason, the positive teachings and traditions of the Orthodox Church must become a living presence in their lives. This makes youth ministry not an option -- but a necessity.

GOYA Handbook 2023-2024
GOYA Registration Form
GOYA Health Permission Form
GOYA Calendar
GOYA Guidelines
Patron Saints of Youth Ministry

2023 - 2024 Board

Kosta Papanikolas
1st Vice President 
Mariana Kaiafas
2nd Vice President 
Melina Floros
Recording Secretary 
Anthony Boutsikaris
Corresponding Secretary 
Alexandros Kontogiannis
Attendance Secretary 
Arista Kakos
Yianni Papanikolas
Assistant Treasurer 
Eva Caravassillis
Eliana Kakos
Kiki Kontogiannis
Stavi Kontogiannis
Community Service
Marina Condos
Arianna Boutsikaris


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Head Advisors:  Despina Boutsikaris, Chrissy Kontogiannis, & Marina Papanikolas
Email:  saintbarbaragoya@comcast.net
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