NEW YORK – IV On-the-Go, the traveling retreat program of the Office of Ionian Village will return in the Fall of 2018 after a two year hiatus. Following a successful debut from 2014-2016, Leadership 100 has awarded a five-year grant to support the program’s revitalization and offer the parishes and young people of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese a taste of Ionian Village’s unique and interactive approach to youth ministry.

The goal of Ionian Village is simple: to bring the young people of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America into a close understanding and love for both the Orthodox faith and Hellenic heritage. While the Ionian Village summer camping programs aim to reach as many campers as possible each year, IV On-the-Go provides the opportunity for even more young people to interact with the amazing Ionian Village Ministry here in America throughout the school year.

Each IV On-the-Go program is catered to the individual needs and availability of the host parish or community. IV On-the-Go can accommodate a variety of youth ministry retreat options: a one-day retreat, a lock-in, an overnight trip, or even a full weekend-long retreat. The only responsibility of the host parish is to provide a venue, food, and the participants! The IV On-the-Go Team takes care of everything from creating a schedule, writing content, procuring supplies, and even supplying experienced staff for these exciting faith-centered events.

IV On-the-Go programs include a mix of energetic, athletic, and creative activities with engaging discussions, all designed to establish a level of comfort and trust with our Staff Members and to ultimately foster an environment of growth and reflection. Each IV On-the-Go event is supervised and led by experienced young adult members of our Ionian Village Team from all over the country.

Leadership 100, in order to maximize participation and offer this opportunity to as many parishes as possible regardless of size or income, has approved a five-year grant that will fully subsidize costs for this amazing ministry. This generous grant will allow IV On-the-Go to facilitate 10 retreats each year for a total of 50 retreats over the life of the grant.

IV On-the-Go is open to every parish and youth group across the Archdiocese. For more information about this exciting ministry and to have IV On-the-Go visit your parish, please visit www.ionianvillage.org/iv-on-the-go.

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