GOYA is the Ascension of Our Lord's high school youth group! 

The primary focus of this ministry is to educate our youth about our Greek Orthodox Christian Faith and learn to incorporate those teachings into their daily lives.  Through discussions and Diakonia (Service) projects, they learn "how" to live our Greek Orthodox Faith.  In spending time together through Koinonia (fellowship) they find the joy of Christ within each other! 

GOYA meets weekly on Monday evening from 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. from September through May.  The theme of the 2019/20 Ecclesiastical year is:  Becoming Human by Finding Christ!  Click HERE for this year's calendar. 

If you are in High School please come and join us for inspiring conversations, philanthropic projects and a lot of fun! 


2019/20 CALENDAR




  • GOYA LOCK-IN, January 24-25.  Click HERE for details!
  • YOUTH SUNDAY 2020: February 2nd.  Click HERE for details!
  • LIGHTHOUSE:  Metropolis of Chicago Launches New Ministry for High School Graduates.  Click HERE for more information, including a registration link which opens December 5 for the Lighthouse Camp, June 7-14 at Carthage College.

  • FANARI WINTER CAMP  Fanari Winter Camp offers two sessions, the first for GOYANs (High Schoolers) and the second for Jr. GOYANs (Middle Schoolers). Activities include: Worship, Orthodox Life, Winter Olympics, and much more! Our 2020 Fanari Winter Camp sessions are as follows:

    -- Fanari Winter Camp | Senior GOYA (High School): January 17-20, 2020 [MLK Day Weekend] | $225/camper
    --Fanari Winter Camp | Junior GOYA (Middle School): February 28-March 2, 2020 [Pulaski Day Weekend]          $225/camper         Click HERE to apply

  • FANARI SUMMER CAMP is open to rising 6th grade through rising 12th grade campers. Our summer camp program has four individual sessions each year, running from mid-June through mid-July. REGISTRATION OPENS FEBRUARY 12th @ 11 a.m.  This year’s sessions for Summer Camp are as follows:

    • Session 1: June 14-20

    • Session 2: June 21-27

    • Session 3: June 28-July 4

    • Session 4: July 5-11

    • Session 5: July 12-18


  • 2020 ORATORICAL FESTIVAL  Click for Details

  • JUNIOR OLYMPICS  Memorial Day Weekend.  For more information, contact dinobolos@yahoo.com


  • CROSSROAD 2020
    CrossRoad is a ten-day academic summer institute that prepares high school juniors and seniors to make big life decisions and invites them to connect with the Orthodox Christian theological and spiritual tradition. Historically, CrossRoad has been hosted solely on the campus of Hellenic College Holy Cross; however in recent years, it has also been offered in Chicago on the campus of North Park University.  Application Deadline is February 1, 2020.  For more information, visit www.crossroadinstitute.org; or, or call 617-850-1310.  In the summer of 2020, there are 3 sessions:

    Session 1: June 13-June 23 (Boston)
    Session 2: June 30-July 10 (Boston)
    Session 3: July 20-July 30 (Chicago)

    Scholarship Opportunities

Summer Programs






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