What is the CYC?

Mission Statement: “Unity which strengthens the Youth of our holy Orthodox Church and cultivates the renewal and development of their Faith”   The Central Youth Committee (CYC) of New South Wales, established in 1989, is a committee under the auspices of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia. It has as its head the Primate of the Archdiocese, His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos. The CYC is not a governing body of all youth fellowships. The CYC aims to bring together youth representatives from all NSW parishes, universities and other fellowships, and comes under the guidance of His Grace Bishop Seraphim of Apollonias. The key aim of the CYC is to provide an environment where youth fellowships can work together in the true spirit of Orthodoxy in order to spiritually strengthen the youth of NSW. Further, the CYC aims to:
  • support existing NSW fellowships with any issues that may arise;
  • establish new fellowship groups where they are needed;
  • issue communications that update the youth on weekly Church events; and
  • organise and coordinate State-wide events, with the view to enable the youth of NSW to meet other young people from various parishes and fellowships.
Throughout the year, the CYC organises a number of activities, which enable State-wide interaction between fellowships. These include:
  1. Communication (via weekly e-mails, newspaper advertising & parish distribution) of a State youth program, which outlines all active fellowship meetings, special talks, upcoming events, major feast days, Church services, other spiritual and cultural events, and relevant fellowship/parish contacts;
  2. Annual State Youth Retreats, which allow all age groups to learn more about certain aspects of their faith, as well as take a break from their daily routine and be spiritually renewed;
  3. NSW State and National Youth Conferences;
  4. Archdiocese Christmas Carols;
  5. Providing assistance with the organisation of the Epiphany celebrations at Yarra Bay;
  6. Liaising with and supporting all fellowships of NSW with major events they are organising;
  7. Organising special talks at the Archdiocese on issues affecting today’s youth, with speakers from NSW and interstate;
  8. Introducing and informing the youth of the monastic life of our Church by organising regular trips to Monasteries; and
  9. Other social events throughout the year, such as trivia nights, ten pin bowling, and picnics.
Any young person aged over 18 years is welcome to join the CYC. One-two representatives from each parish are encouraged to formally represent their parish on the CYC, to ensure broad, structured and effective coverage. If you would like to get involved in the CYC, please contact your parish priest, or your parish CYC representative for further information. Also, if you would like to receive updates directly and join the CYC distribution list, please send an email to goayouthnsw@gmail.com.