Founded in 1948 with the help of Mary Vasilakis and other youth whose families were members of the Pancretan Association of America, (PAA), the PYA is the oldest national Greek American youth association. Tens of thousands of youth and young adults have transitioned into adulthood through the PYA, passing along the sacred traditions and heritage of their ancestral homeland through their annual national and local events. The organization is currently comprised of twenty chapters throughout the United States and Canada and is governed by a national PYA Board of Directors. The group’s purpose is to promote and develop social and cultural relationships and mutuality among members of the Cretan Diaspora, promoting education through scholarships, raising philanthropic awareness through initiatives designed to aid institutions in the United States, Canada, on the island of Crete, and to help promote further community involvement in programs and discussions directed by the Pancretan Association of America (PAA).
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Please join us in our efforts to help hospitalized children. We will be collecting toys to donate to The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ. For more information or to view their wish list please click here.
We ask that you bring a toy with you to registration for this great cause.
The purpose of the Pancretan Youth Association is and always shall be: