Youth and Young Adult Ministries Launches New Crowd Funding Initiative

Youth and Young Adult Ministries Launches New Crowd Funding Initiative


Inspired by the Department of Youth & Young Adult Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, the Orthodox Christian Network is proud to support and feature outstanding programs of “young adults coming together in faith, fellowship, and service” .  

Feb 9, 2016

NEW YORK – The Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM) has launched a new crowd funding initiative to help raise money to develop much needed youth and young adult ministry resources.

Known best for its weekly video series “Be the Bee,” the Y2AM Team produces an extensive offering of digital resources for youth and young adult ministry, from videos and podcasts to blogs and Scriptural annotations, along with monthly “Be the Bee” retreats that offer workshops for youth, parents, youth workers, and young adults.

Patreon funds will be directed to both small projects, like stock photo licenses to improve the quality of videos and blogs, and larger projects, like hiring video editors and allowing the Y2AM Team to expand its current offerings and create a complete set of digital and print resources for parishes and camps.

People can support the initiative by visiting

Patreon is a popular crowd-funding platform that allows people to support the creation of high-quality content.  Patrons can pledge as little as $1 a month, and will receive certain perks depending on their commitment level. Possible perks include being featured on Y2AM’s wall of thanks, handwritten post cards, special thanks in video descriptions, and on screen thanks in “Be the Bee” episodes.

For more details please visit


The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese web site highlights the mission of the “Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries is to strengthen the relationship between God and the Greek Orthodox youth and young adults through supportive Christ-centered resources aimed to sustain youth leaders as well as Orthodox individuals.”


“The Department works with the following ministries of our Church: HOPE (Holy Orthodox Primary Education, JOY (Junior Orthodox Youth), GOYA (Greek Orthodox Youth of America), Altar Boys, Young Adult Ministries, OCF (Orthodox Christian Fellowship), EOCS (Eastern Orthodox Committee on Scouting), and Camping Ministries.”

To learn more about the Department of Youth & Young Adult Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, click here.

Click here to view the source of the above information.


Steven Christoforou, is Director of the Youth & Young Adult Ministries Department and the Office of Camping Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

Originally from Astoria, New York, Steve graduated from Yale University and Fordham University School of Law.  He received a Masters of Divinity in 2013 from the Holy Cross School of Theology.  He has served as Lay Coordinator for the Harvard and MIT chapters of Orthodox Christian Fellowship, and has extensive parish experience as a former Parish Council member, Sunday School teacher, and youth volunteer.  He also has extensive experience in youth and camping ministries, having led retreats around the country as a member of the Hellenic College/Holy Cross Ambassadors Program, and having served at the Direct Archdiocesan District’s Camp Saint Paul, both as a Counselor and Boys Director.

To read Steven’s full biography on the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese web site, click here.


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