Y.O.A. is a Youth lead, Adult guided, and Holy Spirit driven 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, & the Council of Solomon (COS).


Eight Youth Leaders chosen from the YOA to put together the topics of each meeting. They strive to provide Church teachings tailored to their peers, led by the Holy Spirit and provided guidance from our adult core team.

Adult Volunteers

Travis Hayes - Youth Minister

Cindy Laufer - Assistant Youth Minister

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 3 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Meetings: Sun 6:00 – 8:30 pm         

Sept - 9, 16, 23

Oct - 14, 21

Nov - 4, 11, 18

 Dec - 9, 16

Jan - 6, 20, 27

Feb - 17

Mar - 3, 10, 17, 24

Apr - 7, 28

May - 5, 19, 26     


Lock-Ins/Retreats/Conference Dates

Oct 6 Catholic Youth Day @ Busch Gardens

Fall Lock-In Oct 7-8

Running w/ Jesus Retreat Jan 11-13

Diocesan Youth Conference Feb 8-10

Spring Lock-In Apr 12-13

Diocesan Work Camp June 22-28

Steubenville Atlanta July TBA



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)