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.


Dear Parishioners,

The months have flown by and it seems as this pandemic has taken over the summer and our regular routines. But, with GOYA starting up again we can start getting back into the swing of things. GOYA did not end like we had wanted it to last year, therefore we did not get to have our regular GOYA Board elections. On Friday, October 9, we held our elections and the Board was announced after we all enjoyed a movie showing under the stars in the church parking lot. I am extremely excited and looking forward to an amazing year along with the rest of the Board.

We were so excited to start off our GOYA year with a kick-off event and the first GOYA meeting. The kick-off was such a great opportunity to see everyone again after being in lockdown, while still following social distancing guidelines we were still able to enjoy each other’s company. I think of everyone in GOYA as my second family so I was super excited to be able to see everyone and meet some new GOYAns as well. We also were treated to delicious donuts from the Glazed and Confused food truck, yum! 

Due to Covid, we are not able to do many of the events we would be doing in a regular GOYA year but, we are making it work because all that really matters is that we are coming together as a GOYA family, showing our faith and staying positive. Our monthly meetings have been virtual. Sadly, our sports are on hold at the moment but we are hoping we will be able to participate in tournaments as restrictions are lifted. 

On October 31, we had a GOYA Amazing Race which was a four-mile scavenger hunt from the Ridgewood Duck pond to St. Athanasios that ended with a Shake Shack dinner! It was so much fun being split into teams and working together to find the different objects while still following social distancing guidelines. Hope everyone had a good time!

Nowadays it is hard to plan events because of Covid but, we are trying to make it work by coming up with some unique and creative ideas. Coming up we have our Religious Retreat with Father Anargyros on November 19 and a Christmas Party on December 12. We are going to be fundraising for the Greek Division of the Ronald McDonald Foundation, which supports families of children with cancer or severe illnesses. 

If you are a Greek Orthodox Christian and are in 7th – 12th grade you should definitely consider joining our GOYA family. GOYA is somewhere you could explore your faith and make friendships that will last a lifetime. I think of everyone in GOYA as my family and I love to see all these people sharing the same faith and values as I do. I cannot wait for an amazing GOYA year! I hope everyone stays safe and healthy!

With Love In Christ,

Kylie Xanthos


GOYA Board

Kylie Xanthos – President

Christos Papamichael – Vice President

Niko Diamantopoulos – Treasurer

Christina Salemme – Recording Secretary

Mikey Kesoglou – Corresponding Secretary

GOYA Advisors

Anthi Kesoglou   Head Advisor
Tonia Yiangou   Activities Advisor
Reina Phillips  Sports Advisor
Dee Hunter     Sights and Sounds Advisor
Lucy Papamichael    Treasurer
Joanne Glavas    Fundraising
Debbie Leakkas    Fundraising

for more information email: goya@stathanasiosnj.org