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Youth Department Launches New Site and Survey

The Department of Youth and Parish Ministry and the Orthodox Christian Coalition for Healthy Youth (OCCHY) has announced the launch of their new website,

Additionally, Chairman Fr. Joseph Purpura of the Department of Youth and Parish Ministry announced the start of the 2012-2013 Core Measures Survey, which has received the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Philip.

Noted Fr. Joseph, "The survey of our Orthodox Youth seeks to better understand the issues of alcohol and other drugs affecting our Orthodox Youth Population, so we may better serve and equip our young people and the adults who work alongside them. The survey was developed in light of guidelines from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Similar surveys are administered to our children through the public school systems."

Fr. Joseph Purpura explained that the survey is anonymous and age-appropriate. Plans are to administer the survey at the Parish Life Conference SOYO Meetings and in some of the Archdiocese's camping programs, as well as select parishes in the fall and winter of 2012/2013. The survey will also be utilized by the Orthodox Christian Coalitions. "While we want every young person to participate in this survey," said Fr. Joseph, "this is an optional survey and parents may opt their children out of the survey simply by notifying us of their wishes."

For more information, contact Fr. Joseph Purpura, Chairman of the Department of Youth and Parish Ministries.