Who We Are

Our Mission

The ultimate goal of Teen SOYO is to fully integrate each teen into the full life of the Church through the four pillars of SOYO; Worship, Witness, Service, and Fellowship.

WORSHIP ‐ Corporate worship is the sacramental expression of and participation in Holy Tradition, and is the indispensable foundation of Teen SOYO at all levels. Upon this foundation is a cultivation of daily personal prayer life and reading of Holy Scripture.

WITNESS ‐ Christ calls us to be His witness in the world. Teen SOYO must enable fellow Members to express their faith for themselves and to others in order to be true witnesses to Christ and the Orthodox Faith.

SERVICE ‐ Christ came not to be served, but to serve. Teen SOYO seeks to emulate Christ in this and honors and glorifies God by loving and serving mankind in the name of Jesus Christ, using our God‐given gifts and talents.

FELLOWSHIP ‐ The Holy Trinity is the perfect model of fellowship; the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit share perfect communion and exist in perfect love as a community. By gathering together in fellowship, and by showing love for one another in Christ, we emulate the life of the Holy Trinity in our daily life.

Our Beginning

Established as the Archdiocese Youth Movement by Metropolitan Philip in 1969, SOYO (Society of Orthodox Youth Organizations) was established to inspire Youth to Love Christ, His Church, and to seek His Truth and Life. We are a branch of the Antiochian Archdiocese SOYO North American Council and we are guided by our father in Christ, the Right Reverend Bishop BASIL.

What started off as a small movement has grown into an Archdiocese wide force providing humanitarian services to the poor and needy as well as bringing the youth of our parishes together on the local, regional, and archdiocese levels

— Metropolitan Phillip