Child and Youth Protection
The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is deeply committed to the protection of its children and youth. Those who work with our young people are accountable to God and the community to ensure their safety, well-being, and spiritual formation. As a Church, we must provide a safe and secure environment where young people can grow and mature in the Faith. While we can never eliminate the possibility of abuse or injury, we can take steps to ensure that our programs are as safe as possible.
In the spirit of prevention and protection, the Youth Protection Manual (YPM) was created to help clergy and laity charged with the task of selecting, training, and supervising those who work with young people at Archdiocese camps and retreats. Charged by the Holy Eparchial Synod and beginning in 2009, each camp and Metropolis retreat of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is mandated to utilize the YPM within their program.
The YPM serves not only to keep our children and youth safe, but also to protect the adults who serve them. The Archdiocese realizes that healthy relationships among people are at the foundation of Christian ministry, and as such, are central to the life of the Church. Defining healthy and safe relationships through our Youth Protection Manual is not meant, in any way, to undermine the strength and importance of personal interaction in our ministries. Rather, it is to assist in more clearly defining behaviors and practices that allow the church to more fully demonstrate its love and compassion for children and youth in sincere and genuine relationships.
The Youth Protection Manual is available for download along with supplemental resources. ***UPDATED MAY 2012***
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Camp/Retreat Staff must be given a copy during the application process