Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Youth of America
Friends Forever, Orthodox for Life
A Church G.O.Y.A. is a unique organization. It brings together young people who come from a variety of backgrounds and families. Furthermore, the very process of adolescence ensures that our young members of G.O.Y.A. will be at very different levels of sociological, intellectual and emotional maturity. We understand this. Teens act up. They can be silly. They can “push the limits”. This too is part of adolescence. There is however a difference between normal teen behavior and outright disrespect for authority. A group as diverse as a G.O.Y.A. must have a uniform code of behavior. We must always remember:
- We represent our Holy Orthodox Church wherever we go.
- We represent Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church wherever we go.
- The actions of one affect the entire group.
- Our advisors have not volunteered to serve as disciplinarians.
Hence each year we institute a “Code of Conduct”. Before your child is permitted to register for the first G.O.Y.A. event, you must sign the attached form and return it to the Church office, c/o Peter Zougras. By signing, you are acknowledging the following procedure that will be in affect in the event of a behavior situation:
- First incident
After the first infraction of the enclosed code of conduct, your child will be immediately removed from that particular event and sent home. You, as parent, will be required to pick him/her up from whatever location we happen to be at. Prior to the next G.O.Y.A. event or meeting, a discussion of the behavior must take place between the youngster, his/her parents, Father Chris and the Advisor Team.
- Second incident
After the second infraction of the enclosed code of conduct, your child will be permitted to participate in the next three (3) GO.Y.A. events and/or meetings only if one of his/her parents can be present. There will be no exceptions to this rule. Furthermore, one of the biological parents or legal guardians must be present. The family may not designate an “alternate” parent who happens to be at a particular event.
- Third incident
After the third infraction of the enclosed code of conduct, the young person will not be permitted to participate in G.O.Y.A. for the remainder of the year. While this may seem harsh to some, as leaders, we must protect the rights of the other young people to enjoy a G.O.Y.A. activity without the constant interruption of misbehaving youngsters.
St. Demetrios G.O.Y.A.
Friends Forever, Orthodox for Life
Code of Conduct
- At all times, I will conduct myself as a Greek Orthodox Christian.
- I will be an active sacramental member of the Greek Orthodox Church.
- I will show compassion and love for my brother/sister G.O.Y.A.ns.
- I will show proper respect for all clergy and advisors.
- I will honor my priest, parents, advisors and fellow GOYAn’s.
- I will abide by the decisions of the parish clergy.
- I will abide by the decisions of the G.O.Y.A. Advisor Team of St. Demetrios.
- I will abide by the decisions of the St. Demetrios G.O.Y.A. officers.
- I will give my time and talents for the good of the ministry.
- Vulgarity and profanity in any form will not be tolerated.
- The use of controlled substances will not be tolerated.
- The use of cigarettes will not be tolerated.
- Threatening, aggressive or intimidating behavior will not be tolerated.
- The possession of guns, knives or any type of weapon is not permitted at any G.O.Y.A. function.
- Lewd and/or sexual comments or behavior in any form will not be tolerated.
- I will dress for all G.O.Y.A. activities as deemed appropriate by the St. Demetrios G.O.Y.A. officers and Advisory Team.
Our commitment to you:
The Spiritual leaders and Advisory Team of the St. Demetrios G.O.Y.A. is committed to:
- lead the children into experiencing the Holy Orthodox Faith by promoting a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and by encouraging them to be active Sacramental members of the living Church.
- cultivate and educate our young people in order to become viable members of the Body of Christ.
- implement a ministry which will reflect the Orthodox Faith, Tradition and Life through worship (liturgia), fellowship (koinonia), service (diakonia) and witness (matyria).
Parents, by working together we will have a banner year for the Saint Demetrios G.O.Y.A. Please discuss the Code of Conduct with your child and feel free to review more information on G.O.Y.A. found in the Archdiocese GOYA Guidelines located in the Archdiocese’ webpage.
Sign the Parental-Covenant form and return it to the DAC.