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


10 November, 2018

SYMPOSIUM Remembering the 100th year of the Royal Martyrs

SYMPOSIUM Remembering the 100th year of the Royal Martyrs “Monarchy, Modernity and Mythology: From Babylon to Byzantium and Beyond”

Saturday November 10th at 12 noon Synod of Bishops 75 E 93rd st NY, NY 10128

Sponsored by The Prince Vladimir Youth Association

KEY NOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Nicholas Ganson Assistant Professor of History at Hellenic College

Q & A Round table discussion Lunch and refreshments provided

20 May, 2018

Meeting of American and Belarusian Orthodox Youth in the Minsk Theological Academy

Eleven young delegates from different states of Eastern America will be volunteering at the st. Elizabeth orphanage in Minsk, Belorussia. For almost all of the young men and women, of this group this will be their first-ever visit to Minsk or even to their historic homeland. During their visit to the Belarussian capital, they will join the Theological Academy and the youth department for a symposium on the preservation of their faith, traditions and culture. Our kids are preparing presentations to reveal to the youth of Belarus how their families preserved their traditions and culture for decades living in America. Of course, participating in the symposium and unofficial meetings will help the kids make new friends. In conjunction with our work as volunteers at the orphanage we are implementing our 3rd annual “School Piggybank” program.  This year’s proceeds of what our schoolchildren collected will go towards building a park at the orphanage.. The park will not only be open to the orphans themselves but other “special” children with developmental needs. These children don’t necessarily need swings or electronic games, they need love and support. The dynamic of their development depends to a great degree on contact with others. The nurses at the orphanage help the children by playing with them developmental games and go on nature trips. It will occupy five parcels of land, each devoted to a specific function: helping with taste, touch, smell, vision, hearing. The venue will include a petting zoo with domesticated animals. There will be a garden, multi-sensory trail consisting of alternating tree bark, sand, grains, gravel and other materials. Our volunteers will be learning the importance of community service and helping those in need.
16 February, 2018

Yale Russian Chorus, Spring Maslenitsa Concert

Come celebrate the last Friday before Orthodox Lent with the Yale Russian Chorus! In Russia, villagers will be lighting straw men on fire for "Maslenitsa," but here in New York City our chorus will light your heart on fire with music of the Slavic world. Proceeds will go towards the Prince Vladimir Youth Association. Poster Spring Maslenitsa Concert
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School piggy bank 2018

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,
  • St. Vladimir Memorial church, Jackson NJ
  • Holy Epiphany, Boston,
  • St. Xenia, Methuen,
  • St. John Academy, SF,
  • Sts Cyrill and Methodius, SF,
  • St. Vladimir R.O.C., Ann Arbor, MI
  • Transfiguration cathedral, LA,
  • Holy Virgin Protection, Chicago,
  • St. Nicholas Cathedral, Seattle,
  • Holy Myrrhbearing church, Brooklyn
  • St. Luke the Blessed, FL
  • Lukianov Family Foundation
  • Vasily Bazalitsky
  • Olga Dziubina
  • A.Baranoff
On Sunday, May 20, 2018, Minsk Theological Academy in Belarus hosted a round table called “Preserving Orthodoxy in the Modern World.” The event brought together youth of Minsk and their counterparts from the Russian diaspora in the US, headed by V.Rev. Andrei Sommer. Fr Andrei talked about youth ministry in the USA, saying that characteristic of today’s “Generation Z” are a lack of church life and agnosticism. The post-Christian youth of the early 21st century, as a rule, might in fact acknowledge the existence of God or of a supernatural world, but they reject the Church, Her Mysteries and rituals. At the same time, this generation is active, dynamic, seeks to change the world and help people. Continuing on this topic, Fr Andrei said that today’s youth are “a separate nation,” with their own language and culture, and a missionary to this “nation” must master their forms of communication. The new generation communicates in soundbites, eschews reading long texts, uses photos, stickers and emojis to express their thoughts and feelings. A person working among the young must take this into account. Fr Andrei also stressed that young people rely on gadgets, that they “go to sleep and wake up with their smartphones.” In this light, it is important to awaken within young hearts an interest in real life and socialization without the use of “virtual” intermediaries. He emphasized that the foundation of youth ministry must be love, and that a forceful effort to lead young people to church will fail. “Better to bring love into the world than to become a crusader,” he said. The floor was then ceded to the youth from the USA. Each of them talked about themselves and their paths in life. These young men and women are descendants of Russian emigres from various generations, speaking Russian with different levels of fluency, but all remembering their roots, studying Russian culture and traditions. A great many words of fondness were spoken of Camp NORR (the Association of Russian Explorers Outside of Russia), a summer youth organization established in 1928. The speeches then gave way to a lively discussion. The delegates answered questions from their Belarussian counterparts, learning about the life of young people in Belarus in the process. The round-table discussion concluded in an atmosphere of joy and mutual understanding.
This year The Prince Vladimir Youth Association is hosting the 3rd “School piggy bank” program to help the St. Elizabeth special needs orphanage in Minsk, Belorussia. Most of the children never had a home and do not know parental warmth. Many of them have complex diagnosis but are given loving attention by the sisters of the St. Elizabeth convent. During Great Lent, this good deed will reach out to children’s and youth of parish schools to collect their assistance to help other children in need. We appeal to help support these poor orphans. Every penny donated by your children will mean a great deal. Collected funds will be of great us and support to these parentless children. They will especially happy to know that children their age provided the needed assistance. Love is expressed in actions and teaching the importance of sacrifice helping the needy is an important lesson to encourage in our communities. We hope that during Great Lent your children will express their love for God and their neighbor by helping the needy children of Minsk, which will also be a stimulus to the children collecting. Checks should be written out to The Prince Vladimir Youth Association and sent c/o Archpriest Andrei Sommer 75E 93rd st, NY, NY 10128 no later than April 20, 2018. All parish schools will be provided with a report on how their collected donations were used.
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What is Monarchy and What Example Can it Serve for Today’s Youth?

Svetlan Lemza, radiologist, member of the St Vladimir Youth Association: - I was interested in learning more about monarchy in general and the Royal Family in particular. I love them, I venerate them, and they hold a dear place in my heart. Is it difficult to pray to them? Not for me. On the contrary, I learned more about the Royal Family when I moved to New York. I read the book Divny svet [Wondrous Light], which was published in America. It helped reveal the essence of the Tsar-Martyr and his Family. I came to love and respect them more. I feel close to them everywhere—in New York, and when I visit Russia—the important thing is that they remain in my heart.

What is Monarchy and What Example Can it Serve for Today’s Youth?

Adrian Fekula: - We live in America, where there was never a monarchy, and we feel no bond with it. It interests me how our ancestors lived under a monarchical state, and what we can learn from it. - Is it difficult for you to venerate the Passion-bearer Nicholas? Is it hard to pray to him as to other great saints of past centuries? - For me, it’s easy. I think that the Tsar was a profoundly faithful main, and we see this clearly by looking at his life. He never wanted to rule Russia. He retreated to his residence and lived with his family. He rarely visited the capital. We see his deep faith and his love for his people and Homeland.

So it is hard for us to imagine how he was the Tsar and ruled the state, since we never had such a sovereign form of government. Praying to him is easy, because this was a person who suffered for his faith, for his nation. He loved his country, tried to defend it from communism, knowing that it would be a great catastrophe for Russia.

I gained an enormous amount from the trip to Minsk. The most obvious thing is the interaction with youth in an orthodox country. Our zarubezhie is separated from the place we call our motherland, and amongst our youth the Russian language and Russian culture are slowly dying. It is vital for us to keep up this contact with the majority of the Russian Orthodox world, in order to keep our own traditions. It is important for our clergy to keep up contact, but the youth are the future, and building these contacts amongst the youth is key to our future. There is also the pilgrimage aspect of it. Visiting the St. Elizabeth convent is of enormous spiritual benefit to anyone undertaking such a trip. In America, we have very few, if any, orthodox institutions operating on such a scale. To see a place where Orthodoxy is the majority, to see how their approach to the church is different than ours, is very much eye opening. Especially when in America, where we come from, Orthodoxy is a sort of fringe group. Besides all this, world travel is of course extremely beneficial to anyone. Seeing how people live in other countries, the difference in quality of life, as well as traditions and differing social norms, broadens one’s horizons. Trips such as this one are a great opportunity for young people to become more well-rounded people, as well as better their proficiency in another language, something that also has myriad benefits. Trips like this are also great in that they give us an opportunity to see a different orthodox community than what people usually see. Most people go to Moscow or Petersburg, and seeing an orthodox church farther from the center, and seeing how their prikhozhani lead their lives, is fascinating.
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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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