The main goals of the new organization to integrate Russian youth abroad through the strengthening of national identity.

Events

20 October, 2017

The New Martyrs - 100 years and our future

The Prince Vladimir Youth Association gladly invites you to the upcoming symposium: "The New Martyrs - 100 years and our future".

The symposium is dedicated to the topic of the persecution of the Russian Church in the past century. What the story of those who died for their faith means to us, how it still affects Russian society, what connection the young Russian people of today have with this tragic chapter of their history? These are some of the important questions we want to ask ourselves.

The symposium will feature a lecture by professor Nadieszda Kizenko, followed by a discussion in which all attendees will be able to participate.

Light refreshments will be served at the end.

The event will take place in the Baker hall of the Synod of Bishops.

Looking forward into seeing You!

 
1 October, 2017

4th annual FOOD DRIVE for Thanksgiving Dinner

 

Please Join Prince Vladimir Youth Association in Collection of Food for Homeless People and Less Fortunate October 1 - November 15

[img-title id="376" link="true"]It's that time of year again !!! We are running our food can drive for the poor and homeless of NYC. Collection boxes located at parishes in the NYC area or in Synod. Last year we collected over 2,000 lbs of food to feed over 2,000 people. [/img-title]  

Desired Food List:

Canned meals (such as spaghetti, pasta dinners) Canned vegetables Canned fruit Canned soup Canned juice Canned tuna fish or other canned meat Tuna or Hamburger Helper (or other dry box product) Dry soup mixes Macaroni dinners Rice Pasta Peanut Butter and Jelly/Jam Crackers Cereal (cold or hot) Corn oil/shortening Corn meal Flour Sugar Powdered milk Instant tea or coffee

With any questions contact: Fr. Andrei Sommer

Email:

youthpv@gmail.com

13 May, 2017

Meeting With Orthodox Youth of Tatarstan

Protopriest Andrei Sommer Meets With Orthodox Youth of Tatarstan in Raifsky Monastery of the Mother of God On May 13, 2017, as part of the 5th Conference of Orthodox Youth of the Republic of Tatarstan, Raifsky Monastery of the Mother of God hosted a meeting between the Vice President of the Synodal Youth Department of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, Protopriest Andrei Sommer, and a youth delegation. 5youthkazan17_004_jpg Opening the meeting, Fr Andrei thanked the organizers of the conference for inviting them to share thei experience with youth ministry abroad. He said that everything began with the families of Russian emigres of the last century who strove to preserve the spirit and faith of their Fatherland while living in different countries. He described how he was not permitted to speak English at home as a child, and that after school he would take classes in Russian every evening. The young people accompanying Fr Andrei expressed the opinion that as descendants of Russian emigres, they sometimes know traditional Russian history and culture more intimately than contemporary youth living in Russia today. 5youthkazan17_002_jpg “Today, Orthodox youth living abroad are united by the same goals and ideals of all Russian Christians: they gather at large conferences from all over the world, they are socially active, connecting with each other and establishing Orthodox Christian families,” said Fr Andrei, who then led a discussion with all the young people in attendance. file_001 After his talk, Fr Andrei gave the Youth Department of Kazan Diocese a book on youth ministry in the Russian Church Abroad, titled From the West to the East, which he authored. The leader of the Kazan youth department, Artyom Garanin then thanked Fr Andrei and gave the ROCOR delegation an album of the Orthodox Churches of Tatarstan. 5youthkazan17_006_jpgThe ensuing conversations then centered on developing and continuing contacts between youth groups from the East and West.
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Generation Z

Modern Methods of Youth Service Lecture by V.Rev. Andrei Sommer at the International Conference “Voice of Apostle Andrew the First-Called in Today’s World” November 18-19, 2017 Patra, Greece

  The science of sociology calls today’s youth “Generation Z,” that is, adhering to no denomination, living in a post-Christian era. We see this in America, where 23% consider themselves “former Christians,” and in Great Britain, were 66% of the population consider themselves unattached to any official church, canonical or not. Who are these members of Generation Z? These are kids born from 1995-2010, that is, those under 25 years of age. They don’t remember a time without personal computers, without the internet. They were born with cell phones, and emails are a formal means of communication, though they prefer instant messaging. They don’t know of a world without instant and convenient access to the web. They go to sleep holding their cell phones and turn them on as soon as they waken. The main form of socializing is through social media: Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. They have a strongly-developed sense of entrepreneurship and independence. They want to change the world, help people, and don’t accept boundaries and limitations. They have a desire to help the poor and needy and to volunteer their time. Most members of Generation Z believe in the existence of God as before, but being the first post-Christian generation, they don’t believe in the necessity of participating in official divine services in church. They consider themselves spiritual, but not religious. They have no desire to rail against the Church, but they have no idea of the good that Church can bring, moreover of the benefit of the Mysteries the Church offers. These young people fall into the “churchless” category who at best will go to Church only on Pascha. At the same time, we need to ensure that we don’t lose the “churched” youth reared in our parish schools, who graduate with a spiritual compass but not yet prepared for the temptations of this world who are in need of our attention. Generation Z lives in a world of visual information. The knowledge they need in their lives is obtained from YouTube, Netflix and Hulu. They express words and emotions with images, symbols and “smilies” called emojis. We need to learn the means of communication that youth employs and which they are comfortable with. But the time has passed when young people can spend entire days sitting in on lectures. One of the newer approaches in youth ministry was developed at the 12thAll-Diaspora Youth Conference held in Paris in 2011.  Participating were 150 young delegates from the diaspora plus kids from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. Workshops were employed. The youth would listen to lectures and then immediately turn to practical work with a specific goal. It is important to take advantage of their energy towards doing good. The youth were divided into 11 groups of 10. Their first goal was to find a common language and resolve the challenges set before them. Each group had to develop a mission project which could serve as a model for their community. Their projects were then submitted to a committee, who then acted as directors and sponsors. Over 200 youth from 11 different nations participated in the 13th All-Diaspora Youth Conference held on June 27-July 4, 2014, in San Francisco, CA. New ideas and forms of work were expanded greatly at this event.This event included lectures, discussions and workshops which developed social projects. Educational trips and excursions were organized, including a soup kitchen and a nursing home. The best program of the conference was the “Friends and Family” project, which seeks to improve contacts between volunteers and families that need help; home care for the sick, helping the aged perform daily tasks such as grocery shopping, home repair, and tutoring. Among those we can help are:
  • Single-parent families
  • Families with many children
  • Low-income families
  • Seniors
Who can help?
  • Energetic parish-level youth
  • Volunteers
  • Talented youth of today
How can volunteers and those needing help be linked?
    • A data base of volunteers and families
    • Information from needy families
    • Organizing and uniting volunteers
      • Connecting volunteers with families
      • Set up a dispatching system
      • Marketing
Social events
  • Monthly events to help unite volunteers:
    • Joint dinners
    • Collections for charitable organizations
    • Spiritual discussions
    • Picnics
    • Seminars
A smart-phone app could bring this project into life. Many other organizations use this method. Volunteers could register and when they have some free time, find those in need, with time, need and place indicated. The app should provide a way of vetting volunteers and the needy. Of course, a sponsoring organization is needed to financially support the development of the app and professional services needed. Such 21st century methods will attract the younger generation and help them fulfill their desire to help others. Meanwhile, attracting young people sometimes requires not burdensome obligations but the spirit of brotherly love.The desire to help others is instilled by our Creator in each person. Through works of love we can draw others closer.
On October 20, 2017, at the Synodal Residence in New York City The Prince Vladimir Youth Association hosted a symposium titled “The New Martyrs of Russia: 100 Years and Our Future.” Invited were clergymen and scholars who spoke to young people, among others, interested in this momentous anniversary year. Professor Nadieszda Kizenko of Albany University of SUNY gave the keynote address, directing the audience’s attention towards the bonds between the New Martyrs and those living today. She told the stories of the fate of the first New Martyr in Russian history: Protopriest Ioann Kochurov, who had ministered for a time in the United States; Ioann Kovsharov, the lawyer of Metropolitan Veniamin of Petrograd (who was also martyred) and the laypersons Yury Novitsky and Tatiana Grimblit, who lived regular lives yet performed miracles of mercy during times of terror. Novitsky cared for disabled children, Grimblit materially and spiritually supported imprisoned clergymen. Prof Kizenko showed them as a examples of how during the Bolshevik regime, sometimes dubbed “the Russian holocaust,” laypersons went side-by-side with the pastors who ministered to them and with the needy, and displayed true Christian courage and charity. Professor Kizenko also discussed non-standard styles of iconography of the New Martyrs, offering to the audience comparisons of icon types of the New Martyrs of our age as well as images of Coptic Christian martyrs of today. Does this tragic page in the history of the Russian state and the Russian Church have an effect on the young people of today? And if so, how? The young people at the event answered in the affirmative to the first question, meanwhile, the Russian children born in the diaspora have known about this part of history since childhood. Isaia Trofimenko a participant of the symposium expressed during the round table discussion : “The pre-Revolutionary Russian culture is my culture, my music. We always had a lot of literature lying around our home, and albums about the last Tsar’s family. Like most new Russian immigrants who sought asylum in America, my parents had to relearn this period in history. I grew up with this knowledge and want to share my experience with other young people who live in Russia, who visit from Russia. Despite the fact that you can find any kind of literature you like, this page in Russian history is little studied.” A question-and-answer period followed, after which the clergymen, scholars and youth continued their discussions of important questions in Russian history then and now. The young attendees feel that it is important to conduct similar symposia to discuss these matters, which is important even today.
The "School Piggybank" program 2017 was able to build a needed playground for the new school year of the Efimovskay orphanage.     This project was made possible thanks to the efforts of children of the following parishes:
  • St. Alexander Nevsky, Lakewood,
  • St.John the Baptist cathedral, Washington DC,
  • Holy Virgin Protection, Nyack,
  • Holy Epiphany, Boston,
  • St. Xenia, Methuen,
  • St. John Academy, SF,
  • Sts Cyrill and Methodius, SF,
  • All Russian Saints, Burlingame,
  • Transfiguration cathedral, LA,
  • Holy Virgin Protection, Chicago,
  • St. Nicholas Cathedral, Seattle,
  • St. Sophia Church BC
Great job children helping children and look forward to next year !!!!    
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Keeping with the traditions established in youth work starting in the 1950's this youth association dedicated to the memory of Prince Vladimir will create opportunities for those interested in helping their local communities.
The Youth Association of Prince Vladimir is working with the department on work with youth at the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.
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