Providing Orthodox youth the opportunity to put their faith to work!
OYMT picks up where camps leave off, by providing opportunities for high school-aged youth to put their faith into action and build connections with other Orthodox youth across jurisdiction.
Who Are We?
OYMT is a pan-Orthodox team of high school-aged Youth and Adult Leaders led by Fr. Luke Mihaly of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Danbury, Connecticut. Since 2010, we have been providing youth with the opportunity to participate in short-term missions without the requirement of an accompanying parent. We have served with Appalachia Service Project (ASP) and Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC).
As a member of the Orthodox Youth Mission Team (OYMT) you will have the opportunity to serve locally, build relationships with other Orthodox Youth across jurisdictions, and go on a short-term mission trip (9-14 days) each summer. Get ready to make Christ present and live in community with other Orthodox youth!
Who Can Join?
Youth who are currently in Grades 8-12, Adult Leaders (age 25+), and clergy. We recruit individual members, parishes that would like to form their own crews to participate with us, and satellite teams in parishes too far away to participate in our monthly trainings in-person. We also have a Young Adult Leader program for alumni aged 18-24.
What is the Commitment?
Membership is a year-long opportunity! In the Fall, we fundraise, recruit new members, and participate in local service and team-bonding activities. The Team meets monthly beginning in January to train for the upcoming summer mission trip. This includes two full-day sessions for safety and tool training, and a construction work day. Team members are expected to attend all sessions.
When are the Trips?
OYMT takes at least one mission trip per year. When we serve with Appalachia Service Project, the trip is 9 days in July and we travel to West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, or North Carolina. Crews work with families to make their homes “warmer, safer, and drier” and build relationships in the community. We have also served with OCMC on a 12 day mission trip to Napaskiak, Alaska, and look forward to offering additional trips in the future.
The 2024 summer mission trip will be with ASP from July 20-28, 2024.
What is the Cost?
The cost per year is $375 per youth. Scholarships are available; OYMT will never turn away a youth who cannot afford the fee. There is no cost for Adult Leaders. All team members help fundraise to cover other expenses.
How to Join?
Contact us with interest by November 1st! Email email@example.com and speak to one of our Team Coordinators: Susan Sulich or Lexi Klimaszewski. The deadline to submit your signed covenant and $200 deposit for the 2024 trip is November 15, 2023.
Our Annual Fundraising Kickoff for the summer mission trip is this Sunday, December 3rd from 2-5pm at St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Bridgeport, CT. We will once again be making our famous, festive toffee treats to sell as a fundraiser for the 2024 trip. These sell out every year, so don’t miss out!…
November 5, 2023 | Stratford, CT Are you an Orthodox youth currently enrolled in grades 7-12 or their equivalents? Join us for OYMT For A Day! This is an opportunity for interested youth to see what we are all about, and experience a shortened version of a day on one of our summer mission trips.…
It is that time of year again! We are excited to announce that we will once again be partnering with Appalachia Service Project for our 2024 summer mission trip. The trip will be from July 20-28, 2024. To join us, submit your signed covenant and deposit by November 15th. Youth must complete 8th grade by…