GOYA Introduction

Boys and girls between the ages of 12-18 are welcome to join the G.O.Y.A. Various athletic, social and religious activities are held as well as other programs. The G.O.Y.A. meets once a month on Thursdays.


Our GOYA continues to partake in many exciting events!

In March, our group participated in the annual Sights and Sounds competition. Sights and Sounds is a competition where our GOYAns have the opportunity to explore the arts.  Along with art categories, like acrylics and recycle art, the group participated in the performing categories, which include Greek Dancing, musical groups, play, and much more.  Our group placed seventh overall for the Sights and Sounds Competition, as well as receiving numerous individual awards.  We thank our advisors and parents who helped us prepare for this exciting event.

The following Sunday we performed and displayed our talents to our community at the luncheon.  We dedicated the luncheon in memory of Benjamin Venezia and a portion of the proceeds were donated to Ben’s Hope for the Future Foundation, a cause that is dear to all of our hearts.

In April we also joined our Philoptochos at the Center for Food Action to help prepare snack packs for underprivileged students in Bergen County. These snack packs are filled with nutritional and easy to prepare meals.  The group prepared over five hundred packs to be distributed across the state of New Jersey.  This was a very rewarding experience as we got to give back to our community.  We thank Philoptochos for sponsoring this event and including us.

The year is not over; we look forward to more events, which include a minor league baseball game on May 11 where the group will have the opportunity to enjoy fireworks and homemade barbeque, as well as the GOYA Olympics on Memorial Day weekend.   In addition, we look forward to graduation Sunday on June 9th, when we will celebrate another year well spent.

With Love in Christ,

George Makris

GOYA President

GOYA Board

This year’s G.O.Y.A. Board:

President:                               Pennie Papamichael

Vice President:                        Efthimia Mitchell

Treasurer:                               Charlotte Joannidis

Recording Secretary:               Theo Leakas

Asst. Recording Secretary:       Katherine Scoullos

Corresponding Secretary:         Teddy Kesoglou


Head:                                       Manny Jouvanis

Asst. Head:                               Reina Phillips

Activity Advisor:                        Sophia Makris

S & S Advisor:                           Dee Hunter

Sports Advisor:                          Paul Venizelos


Registration:                            Dee Hunter

Finance:                                  Nick Joannidis

Fundraising:                            Debbie Leakas

Assistants:                   Angela Koutsouras, Lucy Papamichael

Coffee Hour:                            Vanessa Juvelis-Mitchell

Assistants:                   Karen Scoullos, Maria Salemme

Dance:                                     Reina Phillips

Assistants:                   Joanne Glavas, Vanessa Juvelis-Mitchell

Sights & Sounds Assistants:     Dee Hunter

Assistants:                    Kally Williams, Vicky Larosiliere

for more information email: goya@stathanasiosnj.org