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Y.O.A. is a Youth run, Adult supervised, Holy Spirit guided ministry.

All high school youth are welcome to attend. The Y.O.A. meets Sundays from 6 - 8:30 p.m.

The Youth of Ascension's (YOA) leadership is made up of the Ascension Youth Council (AYC), Adult Volunteers, Council of Solomon (COS).


Fourteen Youth Leaders chosen from the YOA to put together the topics of each meeting. They strive to provide Church teachings tailored to our youth.

Adult Volunteers

Travis Hayes - Youth Minister

Cindy Laufer - Assistant Youth Minister

Jefferson Howell

Lucy Labella

Chris Macchia

Jason McDonald

Ellie Steffens

Max Struhar


Parents of the Y.O.A. that volunteer their time to helping w/ the logistics of the meeting. The C.O.S. operates under the belief that they have an impact on the Y.O.A. w/out their presence being felt. They handle the majority of the "behind the scenes" details and logistics. It's a great way to help facilitate an environment for our youth to come together and grow closer to Christ and one another. They are always looking for help, in any capacity. 



Orientation:  Sep 4 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Meetings: Sun 6:00 – 8:30 pm         

Sept - 10th & 17th

Oct - 1, 15, 22, 29

Nov - 12, 19

 Dec - 3, 10, 17

Jan - 7, 21, 28

Feb - 18

Mar - 4, 11, 18

Apr - 8, 15, 22

May - 6, 20, 27      


Lock-Ins/Retreats/Conference Dates

Oct 7 Catholic Youth Day @ Busch Gardens

Fall Lock-In Oct 8-9

Running w/ Jesus Retreat Jan 12-14

Diocesan Youth Conference Feb 9-11

Spring Lock-In Apr 6-7

Diocesan Work Camp June 23-29

Steubenville Atlanta July 5-8



For further information regarding any event please check out our Events Page or contact the Youth Minister, Travis Hayes, at tmhayes83@gmail.com or 757-288-1819 (any time)