St. Luke's Greek Orthodox Youth of America

GOYA: Greek Orthodox Youth of America



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GOYA: Greek Orthodox Youth of America


GOYA Advisors for 2014-2015 and their emails:  Deme Peters, Agnoula Marcantonis & Lisa Palmieri 


GOYA Officers:

Maria Raptis                        President

Zoe Nikolos                         Vice President

Alexi Peters                         Vice President

Cleo Corbino                       Recording Secretary

Christina  Zografakis           Corresponding Secretary

Eli Papadopoulos                Treasurer


Age Guidelines:

The Greek Orthodox Youth of America, or GOYA, ministers to teenagers in the seventh to twelfth grades.


Our Mission:

The mission and goal of the GOYA (Greek Orthodox Youth of America) 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 through life. GOYA gives our youth the opportunity to share, learn and grow spiritually while having fun.  The National Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries recommends that the GOYA ministry be based on the following four characteristics: Worship (Liturgia), Fellowship (Koinonoia), Service (Diakonia), and Witness (Martyria).  These characteristics are exemplified by attending and serving during liturgy, fellowship in fun activities, doing out reach activities and doing community service projects to those in need.


The Umbrella of GOYA:

In our youth program here at St Luke we have many groups that are also an integral part of our community life.  Altar Boys are an important part of our liturgical life.   Greek Dance Group help our young people keep their ethnic heritage, Basket Ball helps keep the body sharp along with the mind. 



September we had our Kick off meeting and spent the afternoon skewering Souvlakia for the Greek Affair.  It was messy fun and we had a wonderful turn out of new and veteran members.


Later on September 26th our GOYA attended the DVYC Welcome Back Dance at Holy Trinity in Wilmington DE.  We hada a wonderful time dancing the night away.


On October 4th we will gather in our community center for a meeting to prepare for our first annual Dodge Ball Tournament.  We will decorate our teams T-Shirts.


On October 5th we will assume the responsibilities of the Parish Council and the Oath of Office will be given to our Officers, Evan Palmieri  President, Maria Raptis  & Aris Tsingiropouls Vice Presidents, Zoe Nikolos  Recording  Secretary, Yanni Tsetsekos as corresponding secretary and Eli Papadopoulos as Treasurer.  Congratulations to our officers and may our year be wonderful, spiritual  and exciting.


Also on October 5, we will be hosting a Bake Sale in our Community Center during coffee hour.  Please come and buy some treats to help us raise funds for all of our GOYA projects.


On October 11, 2014 we will be hosting our first annual Dodge Ball Tournament.  The proceeds will be donated to the  Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  GOYAns from all parishes are invited to participate.   For more information please contact the advisors listed above, they will be happy to answer all your questions and concerns.


 On October 26, 2014 The Metropolis Ambassador Awards will be help on October 20, 2014 at the Merion in NJ.  Our Ambassadors this year are, as the Ambassador of Love, Maria Raptis, as the Ambassador of Peace, Christina Zographakis, as the Ambassador of Hope, Aleko Kontos, and as the Ambassador of Faith, Nicholas Lamprinakos.   Our .Congratulations and God Bless all of our young people.


Looking to November:  November 8th we will be heading to Poco Loco to have fun playing paint ball.


Basket Ball season is beginning on October. Come out and help support our teams.  The season schedule will be out and posted soon.  Keep an eye out on the St Luke's website.



Any young person that is in the 7th grade on up is welcome to join GOYA.  For further information please contact Demetra Peters at 610-608-5890 or email us


Look for our calendar of events next month in your Epistle

Parents Responsibilities
Parents, in the event your child needs to be dismissed from any type of GOYA event before it ends, please be sure to communicate that information with the advisors and be sure to get a verbal or electronic communication from them 24 hours in advance.  Our youths advisors primary concern is the well being of your child and your child will not be permitted to leave without prior communication from you.
Cell Phones
Texting is not allowed during meetings or during an event when adults are communicating information to the youth entrusted to the advisors care.  Cell phones need to be turned off during meetings or when formal conversations are taking place.  GOYAns will be given one warning.  The second time cell phones will be taken away until the end of the meeting or formal gathering when information is being given to them.
Gaming Devices
Gaming devices are not permitted under any circumstances during meetings or when adults are communicating information to the youth.  If they are being used at such times, they will be taken away until the meeting or event is over.


St. Luke's "The Giving Tree"

Learn more about this wonderful stewardship of love and charity.

Watch the interview, see our kids wrapping gifts for the needy and singing Christmas Carols