All students between the ages of 12 and 18 are encouraged to join GOYA—Greek Orthodox Youth of America. This organization, which ministers to Orthodox Christian teenagers of all nationalities, reflects Orthodox Christian Faith, Tradition, and Life. Furthermore, GOYA offers its members an opportunity to learn about Orthodoxy in daily practice and outreach to others while making the positive teachings and traditions of the Orthodox Church a living presence in their lives.
GOYA ministry is based on four fundamentals—Worship, Fellowship, Service, and Witness. Through Worship GOYANS become active sacramental members of the church. Fellowship is a way Orthodox Christians integrate their faith with daily life, as well as emulate their relationship with the Trinity and develop their lives in Christ. At Holy Trinity Cathedral GOYA Fellowship includes Lenten retreats; Winter Youth Rallies, where they interact with over 700 other GOYANS from the Metropolis of Atlanta; church sponsored athletic programs such as basketball; and Greek dancing at the annual Greek Festival. Service to God is serving the Church and the community. And, for HTC GOYANS it is a way of life whether by serving the needy at Ozanam Inn or Christmas caroling to the elderly. It is their way of serving the community similar to the way adults are asked to give their time, talents, and treasures as stewards. To Witness, GOYANS strive to exemplify their faith, offering a verbal expression of Orthodoxy to those with whom they come in contact.
2017-18 GOYA officers and advisors:
President: Andreas Poulos
Vice President: James Venturatos
Treasurer: Eleni Tsaoussides
Recording Secretary: Stella Vatakis
Corresponding Secretary: Anna Maria Stavrakakis
Coordinator: Presvytera Harriet Wilson
Coordinating Advisors: Donna deSantis Venturatos and Alex Korominas
For more information, please contact President Pantelis Patselikos, Donna Venturatos, or Alex Korominas, or follow us on Facebook (New Orleans GOYA).