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St. Nicholas G. O. Y. A.

What Is The St. Nicholas G. O. Y. A.?

The Greek Orthodox Youth of America, or GOYA, ministers to young people ages 13-18. Teenagers should be in sixth/seventh through twelfth grades to participate, depending on the how junior high/middle school is structured within your area. Since GOYA is ministry of the church, the orientation and implementation of the program should reflect the Orthodox Christian Faith, Tradition and Life.

Please click here for additional information about G.O.Y.A. and other Greek Orthodox youth ministries.

St. Nicholas G.O.Y.A. Events & Activities

Community Service Projects

  • St. Aloysius Kitchen; served meals to the homeless
  • Capuchin Soup Kitchen; served meals to the homeless
  • Children’s Hospital of Michigan: hand-made blankets for patients 
  • Race for the Cure
  • Made sandwiches for distribution to the homeless at Easter
  • Blessings in a Backpack: prepared backpacks of food and snacks for fellow students in need

St. Nicholas Church Service Projects

  • Opa! Fest Goya Booth raised over $6953 for the church
  • Raised over $1000 for MDSC Summer Camp by helping to organize the 'For the Love of Camp' Dance
  • St. Nicholas Coffee Social for Philoptochos
  • Flower plantings for the church
  • Assisted Parish Council set up, serve, and clean-up for the Anastasi meal
  • GOYA Fundraisers:
  • Monthly Bread Sales
  • Easter Tsourekia
  • Feather Party Concession
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Fundraiser
  • Including an anonymous donation of $2,400, Goyans raised a total of $4,260.00!
  • A generous donation for our New Divine Liturgy Books!

Social Events

  • Cedar Pointe
  • Dodge Ball at St. Johns - Sterling heights
  • 'For the Love of Camp' Dance
  • Downhill Skiing
  • Dayton Basketball Tournament
  • Ice Skating at Campus-Martius Park
  • Hosted first-ever Lenten 'Day' Retreat with over 100 participants!
  • Marched in the Greek Independence Day parade
  • Supported the Assumption Goya Dinner Dance
  • Supported the St. John GOYA Macaronatha/Dinner Dance
  • Participate in the OYAA Basketball Program
  • Participate in OPA FEST Every year! 

St. Nicholas G.O.Y.A. Executive Board

Name Position
Nikoletta Michalakis President
Elyssa George  Vice-President
Lexi Hazen Treasurer
Kate Hazen Recording Secretary
Nina Bologna  Corresponding Secretary
St. Nicholas G.O.Y.A. Advisors
Name Position
Stefanie George G.O.Y.A. Advisor
Carol Gaggos G.O.Y.A. Advisor
Michael Stavropoulos G.O.Y.A. Advisor

Please click here to send an email to the GOYA.  Our email address is

Joining The St. Nicholas G.O.Y.A.

All children must be registered in order to participate in the St. Nicholas G.O.Y.A.  Please click here to complete the registration form

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