The Greek Orthodox Youth of America (GOYA) of Saint Sophia Cathedral is an extension of the community’s hallmark Sunday school program and provides the cathedral’s youth opportunities to volunteer, engage in enterprising activities, make lifelong friendships and express their Faith. With guidance from the GOYA advisor and faithful parents, GOYA officers learn to express their faith through a variety of “hands on” activities, including activity planning, group leadership, and financial planning. GOYA is officially licensed to provide community service hours in Maryland, DC and Virginia. All children who attend Saint Sophia Sunday School ages 13 – 18 are members of GOYA.
President: Athena Sardelis and Nick Loew
Vice President: Julia Calomiris
Treasurer: Sortis Toustouras
Secretary: Nia Karavangelis
Historian: Paulina Petas and Samuel
Thanks to the support from our parents, priests and community, the GOYA has been able to participate in the following activities:
Every other month, the GOYA holds a full-member meeting to discuss recently completed activities and discuss plans for upcoming events and activities.
Saint Sophia’s Basketball Tournament Program Book
The GOYA members collect donations and advertisements to support the basketball tournament and raise funds for charity and future events
Annually, the GOYA organizes a group trip to one of the local theme parks for a fun excursion with their fellow GOYAns.
Car Washes, Bake Sales, and More
Through a variety of innovative activities, the GOYA works together to raise money for local charities and for church projects, including new robes for the altar boys and the Frosene educational building.
- Teenagers are encouraged to help JOY and Little Angels with their events as a wonderful way to participate in church events.
- All GOYAN’s are welcome to attend the Saturday night dances held at basketball tournaments regardless of whether they play basketball.
- Volunteer work performed through the GOYA is eligible for community service hour credit.
Registering with the GOYA
To join the GOYA children must be enrolled in the Cathedral’s Sunday School program. To enroll in the Sunday School program, please contact the Cathedral office at 202-333-4730 or download the Sunday School registration form. (GOYA REGISTRATION FORM 2015-2016)
If already enrolled in Sunday School, contact the GOYA by calling the Cathedral office at 202-333-4730 or emailing Eleni Planzos, Sunday School Youth Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.