Youth Committee 2012 Annual Report

Monday, February 04, 2013

Committee for Youth September Meeting Report

The Committee requests that if Assembly Bishops have any questions about this report to send those questions to Bishop THOMAS (bpthomasjoseph@gmail.com) prior to the start of the September Assembly meeting. It is the desire of the Committee to provide complete answers to questions about its work.

Activities & Status of Work:

1. Meetings:

a. 2011:

i. Conference Call Meeting February 22, 2011 to organize committee and discuss initial work projects.

ii. May 3-5, 2011 – informal meeting of key youth leaders to help prepare Committee members for their first meeting.

iii. Committee met May 24, 2011 to discuss work projects and prepare for May 25-27 Assembly meeting.

iv. Key youth leaders met October 19-21, 2011 at the Metropolis of Atlanta’s Diakonia Center to discuss the work programs

b. 2012:

i. Committee met on January 25, 2012 at Antiochian Village concurrent with the meeting of youth leaders.

ii. Youth workers met on January 24-28, 2012 at Antiochian Village. The purpose of the meeting was to work on initiatives identified by youth directors during their October 2011 meeting (see below).

2. Committee Work Projects:

a. Database information identifying youth directors and youth programs has been confirmed with Assembly bishops during the first two quarters of 2012.

b. The data base Catalogue is now complete and allows comparisons of different youth programs. The Catalogue also allows construction of a matrix of comparative characteristics of current youth programs for purpose, content and activities. The Catalogue’s output will be used to keep information current. How frequently the database will be updated is to be determined.

c. The initial listing of Orthodox Christian Schools & Orthodox Camping programs is complete. Follow-up will be done to keep the database as current as possible.

d. Work from 2011 continues on:

i. Youth directors are working to draft models of cooperation among programs and models for possible amalgamation of redundant programs. This initiative was discussed at the October 2011 and January 2012 meetings of youth directors. Options and recommendations will go to the Committee when ready.

ii. We have put on hold discussions with the Assembly website administrator continues to determine how best to organize a central depository for all Orthodox Youth Work resources and information. When the Assembly is ready to allow links to sponsored websites, this resource will facilitate sharing of ideas and resources, as well as creating greater awareness of Orthodox Youth Work. Funding will be needed to make this happen.

iii. Determine options how to better collaborate in providing cooperative camping programs and to expand the current efforts of the Orthodox Camping Association will be a discussion point in upcoming meetings to determine how to move this initiative forward.

iv. A representative of the Orthodox Parochial School Association (OPSA) is involved with the work of the youth directors, where appropriate. A number of areas have been identified where OPSA will be able to assist and support the work of this Committee. Work on determining how to better collaborate in providing cooperation among our Orthodox Schools will be taken up at a later time next year.

e. Committee consultants and Youth Directors have begun work on the following projects. These projects support the Committee’s objectives under the Terms of Reference.

i. Establish the proper protocols and channels by which the work of this committee is done in each jurisdiction and agency.

ii. Identify and catalogue current youth ministry efforts.

iii. Gather information via surveys from parishes, priests, youth workers, parents, and youth to establish the needs of the faithful with regard to youth formation.

iv. Research existing Orthodox Christian resources on youth formation, in order to begin work on developing a new cohesive model for youth formation from birth to adulthood.

v. Create models of cooperation and unification. vi. Organize cooperative events at local, regional, and national levels that allow youth workers to know each other and learn from each other.

vii. Organize cooperative events at local, regional, and national levels that bring together Orthodox Christian youth of all ages.

viii. Create a proposal for a future national youth rally (conference – gathering) for all Orthodox Christian youth.

ix. Gather and produce resources in order to facilitate the needs of Orthodox parish youth formation.


Plans for Further Work:

1. Future Committee meetings.

a. Committee Meetings:

i. September 9-12, 2012 in Chicago. The Committee will meet the day prior to the start of the next Assembly meeting.

b. Meetings to Support Work Programs:

i. Youth consultants will continue to meet via conference calls throughout 2012 to continue work on identifying youth program characteristics, creating a comparative matrix of orthodox youth programs, continuing work on Committee initiatives, and developing models of cooperation among programs and models for possible amalgamation of redundant programs.

ii. September/October 2012 – tentatively set for the Metropolis of Atlanta’s Diakonia Center in South Carolina. Purpose: follow-up meeting of Orthodox Jurisdictional youth directors and National Youth Ministry initiatives to continue work on finalizing options paper for Committee for developing models of cooperation among programs and models for possible amalgamation of redundant programs

iii. Jan 2013 - the next meeting of the 70+ Orthodox youth workers, the date to be announced,. The meeting will be held in conjunction with the national meeting of youth leaders. The Greek Archdiocese is hosting this meeting this year. The location is to be determined.

 

Major Issues

1. Finances for travel and lodging of identified key Youth Leaders for planning meetings.

 

The Committee requests that if Assembly Bishops have any questions about this report to send those questions to Bishop THOMAS (bpthomasjoseph@gmail.com) prior to the start of the September Assembly meeting. It is the desire of the Committee to provide complete answers to questions about its work.