YOUNG ADULT and ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP MINISTRY

ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP | YOUNG ADULTS is a college and post-college ministry that enables our college, graduate and young adult population to engage with one another in an Orthodox setting through worship, fellowship, service and education. Along with spiritual edification, information is exchanged about college scholarships, retreats, camp-counselor opportunities, college conferences, social events and many more opportunities with the goal of fostering community and social interaction.   

Ascension's program builds on the efforts of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF), a national collegiate campus ministry program charged with keeping Orthodox college students connected to each other and to the Orthodox faith while they are away at school; and, the Young Adult League (YAL), a Metropolis of Chicago Ministry which aims to inspire and empower young adults’ holistic & authentic connection to Christ in His church.   

During the summers of 2021 and 2022, Fr. Sotiri and Presvytera Stefanie met with college students and young adults between the ages of 18-30 in order to discuss ideas for building a strong and engaging ministry for this age group at Ascension.   Ascension maintains an email list for this ministry in order to stay in contact and share upcoming events and initiatives.  Please email Alex Karkazis at alexanderckarkazis@gmail.com to be added to our email list and stay connected.

Upcoming Ascension events as well as Orthodox Young Adult programs, opportunities and events are posted below.  Scholarship programs are also linked below.


UPCOMING PROGRAMS & OPPORTUNITIES

 

Ascension’s Young Adult League (YAL) kicked off their new Ecclesiastic calendar on Wednesday, September 21st with Small Paraklesis Service at 6:30 p.m. followed by the first meeting of the year. Future meetings will be posted here.   For more information on this growing ministry, please contact Alex Karkazis at alexanderckarkazis@gmail.com.

 



METROPOLIS OF CHICAGO SEEKING COUNSELORS & LEADERSHIP TEAM MEMBERS:
  
Lighthouse Counselor Applications are open!  To learn more and apply, click here.  Fanari is looking for wonderful young adults to join the Leadership Team! To learn more and apply, click here.

 


Y2AM ANNOUNCES  ST. PAUL MENTORSHIP PROGRAM
The St. Paul Mentorship Program is an excellent way for Orthodox first-year college students and returning college students from our Metropolis to connect and navigate the religious, social, and academic aspectsof college, along with building their network. Read more >>


 

Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago Youth & Young Adults

The Youth & Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM) is the largest and most active ministry of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago. Y2AM helps introduce youth and young adults to Christ and inspires them to live out their relationship with the Lord and His Church on a daily basis. Through a broad range of programs and initiatives, the ministry works to cultivate the next generation of faithful spiritually, culturally and socially.   Click HERE to visit their webpage.

 


YAL Chicago 2021-22 Schedule of Activities

Click HERE to be directed to the YAL Chicago Webpage


Ionian Village is the international camping ministry of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America with campgrounds located in Peloponnesus, Greece.  Each 20-day session is open to young people who will have completed grades 9 through 12.  Registration for the Summer Sessions typically opens each year in March.  Click HERE for all of the information!

IV NEXT
IV Next is the only travel-based program for young adults that has our Greek Orthodox faith as a core tenet of the program. Only IV Next combines professional development, international travel, and the Orthodox Faith into one all-inclusive program.  IV Next is for participants ages 19-24.



OCF National Webpage

College is an important time to ask big questions. It can also be a time of many challenges. OCF is here to help you make Christ the heart of your college experience.


SCHOLARSHIPS, OPPORTUNITIES and LINKS

Hellenic Link - Midwest

In addition to informing and culturally enriching, Hellenic Link - Midwest assists young Greek-Americans to achieve their career goals through its scholarship program. Each year a number of scholarships for $2,000 or more are awarded at the Annual Dinner Dance. These scholarships are given to students of Greek descent who are enrolled in accredited United States colleges or universities and have completed one year of study.  The 2022/23 Application has been released and is due October 15, 2022.  Awards will be made in January 2023.    More information is available by clicking HERE

Panhellenic Scholarship Foundation

The PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation releases its scholarship applications at the beginning of October each year and accepts applications from eligible Greek American college students through January.   The Foundation's mission is to promote education by providing scholarships and educational programs to Greek American students who, guided by the values of their Hellenic upbringing, have the potential to become life-long significant achievers and contribute meaningfully to society.  Scholarships are available to undergraduate students.   Click HERE for more information and to learn more about the 2022 scholarships that were awarded last June.

AHEPA SCHOLARSHIPS

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Scholarship Programs

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America offers applications for the Scholarship and Fellowship programs administered by the Archdiocese. Applications can be accessed by clicking HEREFor more information, please email scholarships@goarch.org or call 212-774-0283. The deadline for submitting applications in past years was in the beginning of May.  The following scholarships are administered by the Department of Philanthropy of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America:  GEORGE & NAOUMA (GIOULE) GIOLES SCHOLARSHIP; KATINA JOHN MALTA SCHOLARSHIP; PALEOLOGOS SCHOLARSHIP.  The George & Naouma (Gioule) Gioles Scholarship and the Katina John Malta Scholarship are for undergraduate studies, and the Paleologos Scholarship is awarded for graduate work of a non-theological nature. Each of these scholarships was established through generous gifts from dedicated Greek Orthodox Christians who wanted to provide financial assistance towards the education of young people from our Orthodox Christian community.

The John C. Kulis Charitable FoundationThe John C. Kulis Charitable Foundation, commonly known as the Kulis Foundation, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation dedicated to supporting religious, humanitarian, and educational initiatives benefiting Orthodox Christian and Hellenic communities worldwide.  Numerous scholarships are available. Applications are made available November 1 and due the following April 1. Please click on the link above to see the list of scholarships and their requirements.

Windy City Greek-American Scholarship Guide
Windy City Greek published the Greek American Scholarship Guide in 2017, which lists scholarship opportunities specifically for Greek-American students.

OCF SCHOLARSHIP and SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES
This website lists current scholarships, internships, and other opportunities available to Orthodox Christian college students in North America.  Check back often for updates.