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St. Mina Church. COYA. What is COYA?. COYA = Coptic Orthodox Youth Association Youth Council Highly structured and organized Utilizes the talents and energy of the Church’s youth Concept developed in the Diocese of Australia Several years of operation in North America
St. Mina ChurchCOYAWhat is COYA?
  • COYA = Coptic Orthodox Youth Association
  • Youth Council
  • Highly structured and organized
  • Utilizes the talents and energy of the Church’s youth
  • Concept developed in the Diocese of Australia
  • Several years of operation in North America
  • Started in St. George & St. Rueiss Church in 2004 and still in operation
  • Why a youth council?To Sum UpThe Youth Council is “Run For The Youth By The Youth” It is simply actively engaging the youth in church activities, strengthening their ties to the Church and one another, and consequently, their faithSo what are we planning to do? COYA Organizational ChartChurch PriestChurch BoardDirectorAssistant DirectorSecretaryTreasurerSenior AdvisorsOutreach MinisterMentorship & Tutoring MinisterTrips MinisterSports MinisterSpecial Events MinisterCommunity Service MinisterAdvertisement & Marketing MinisterSpiritual MinisterFundraising MinisterCOYA Structure
  • 9 different programs
  • Each program has a sub-committee
  • 4 general positions (non-program specific)
  • 13 internal positions + 1 external (no voting power)
  • Internal positions are for University/College students
  • All 13 members have equal voting power
  • Committee will get to decide on, plan, and execute all the activities relating to the youth
  • All decisions are final pending the priest’s approval
  • Target audience: University/College students
  • Future possibility of expanding COYA service to Junior High / High School students
  • 1. Mentorship & Tutoring Program
  • Mentorship program
  • Match students with mentors that will meet their specific needs
  • Example: Linking a Chemical Engineer with students in chemical engineering
  • Needs are not academics only necessarily
  • Tutoring program
  • Helping Junior High / High School / University / College students with their studies (Assignments, exams, papers, diploma prep etc…)
  • Career Fair Day
  • 2. Outreach Program
  • Maintain a complete and up-to-date database
  • Arrange and conduct house visits
  • Recruiting youth representatives to contact and encourage other youth who infrequently attend
  • Assist Community service program with organizing volunteering events / program to the community
  • Example: Sandwich Run
  • Long term goal: Reaching out to the community and showing them What our God is all about
  • 3. Special Events Program
  • Organizing events such as
  • Youth thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter dinners
  • High School graduation ceremonies
  • Plays, movies, etc…
  • Festivals
  • Church summer camps
  • Christmas break “showcase”
  • Assisting other programs with their special events
  • Examples
  • Outreach program with Sandwich run
  • Fundraising program with a car wash
  • 4. Sports Program
  • Coordinating sports activities all year round
  • Forming church teams with equal focus on boys and girls teams
  • Recruiting coaches for every sport and organize practice sessions
  • Establishing intra and inter Church tournaments
  • Establishing a year round league (long term goal)
  • 5. Trips Program
  • Organizing and coordinating
  • Overnight trips
  • Day trips
  • Community service trips
  • Committee will be in charge of every aspect
  • Selecting the venue
  • Contract negotiations
  • Topic and theme selection
  • Food menu
  • Schedule
  • Guest speakers
  • and more…
  • 6. Fundraising program
  • Organize regular fundraising events to help offset the cost of trips, special events, and sports
  • Car Washes
  • BBQs
  • Dinner and a Play
  • Food Sales
  • Snack vending machine run and maintained by COYA
  • Vision: COYA to be self-sustaining
  • 7. Spiritual Program
  • Working closely with the senior advisor and Abouna to put together a list of topics for the youth group
  • Arranging for speakers (including outside guest speakers)
  • Coptic learning classes
  • Hymn classes (for both deacons and girls)
  • Tasbeha Classes
  • Orthodoxy and Dogma Classes
  • Learner’s Divine Liturgy
  • Small groups
  • 8. Community Service Program
  • Organizing community service work around the Church and outside the Church
  • COYA services needs(e.g. special events, fundraisers, trips, etc.)
  • Helping with different Church services such as Kitchen service, setting up cleanup crews after major events…
  • Food Banks/Food Drives
  • Services with organizations helping the poor/disadvantaged
  • 9. Advertisement & Marketing Program
  • Advertising upcoming youth events through different methods of communication
  • Church approved posters, flyers etc..
  • Announcements on the Church website
  • Facebook events
  • Regular church announcements at youth meetings
  • Non-program specific positions
  • Director
  • Quarter back  ensures that all the ministers are talking to each other so that nothing “falls through the cracks”
  • Figures out the gaps and quickly drives issues to resolution
  • Assistant Director
  • Shares the same responsibilities as the director
  • Developmental position
  • Secretary
  • Ensures all meeting outcomes and followups are captured and completed
  • Treasurer
  • Keeps the accounting books for COYA
  • Senior Advisor
  • Provides guidance and direction
  • I don’t understand how it all comes together…Let’s take a look at planning a tripDirector QBAssistant DirectorSecretaryTreasurerSenior AdvisorsGuidance / adviceSpecial Events Ministerspecial activityOutreach MinisterContact peopleMentorship & Tutoring MinisterTrips Ministervenue / foodSports Ministerorganizes sports during tripAdvertisement & Marketing Ministerposters / flyers / announcementsCommunity Service MinisterSpiritual Ministertheme / topicFundraising Ministerevents to lower costMISSION STATEMENT By the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and through the intercessions of the Holy Mother of God St. Mary and the prayers of St. Mina and all the choirs of the saints, we hope to utilize the talents and energy bestowed upon the youth of St. Mina Church in a structured and organized manner geared towards enriching and leading the youth in the right direction. In doing so, we intend to promote the feeling of unity with our Lord Jesus Christand the unity between the youthWhy should I get involved?
  • Get a chance to influence your Church experience
  • Sharpen your skill set
  • Time management
  • Leadership
  • Team-playing
  • Initiative and ownership
  • Communication skills
  • Get to enjoy the Church and experience fellowship in a way that you never thought possible
  • Looks great on your resume and gives you ammunition for behavioural-based interviews
  • Basic expectations
  • COYA member will be an active participant in the various church activities
  • Holy Liturgy
  • Youth group
  • Other programs’ events
  • Major Church events
  • COYA members will participate in bi-weekly meetings
  • COYA members will hold regular meetings with their respective committees
  • Next Steps
  • Fill in your preferences in order
  • Friday, January 4, 2013
  • Preferences will be reviewed with Abouna and positions will be appointed
  • Tuesday, January 8, 2013
  • COYA’s first meeting
  • Weekend of January 11, 2012
  • COYAThis whole council’s sole purpose is to serve and utilize the youth of our church, so that their light “..may so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven” (Matthew 5:16)Thank you for listening.May God bless us all, bless our father the priest, bless this Church, this service and keep us in the faith, that we may all attain eternal life united with Our Lord Jesus Christ
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