2022 National YAL Conference

June 30 - July 4, 2022 | New York City

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Welcome to the National Young Adult League (YAL) Weekend in NYC, a gathering of young adults from all over the country, to join together for four straight days of Faith, Fellowship, Networking and FUN! 

 

Conference Registration

Registration for the conference is now available!

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à la Carte Pricing Still Available

  • $20 - Conference
  • $50 - Post-Church Luncheon and keynote speeches
  • $250 - Sunday Night Gala

Registration is Closed for the Following

  • Full Conference Registration
  • Boat Cruise

 

Hotel Reservations

This year's conference will take place at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square! The New York Marriott Marquis, located at 1535 Broadway on the corner of 46th Street, is an iconic fixture of Times Square and brilliantly captures the vibrant energy and spirit of Manhattan. 

Please use the link below to book your reservation to take advantage of the special conference rate. This is the same hotel as the Archdiocese Clergy-Laity Congress and National Philoptochos Convention. 

 

Hotel Discount

YAL is please to offer subsidized pricing for those attending the event. If you book through the the Clergy Laity room block through Marriott, you will receive:

  • $50/room/night for those rooming alone. Must register for the full weekend package of the National YAL Conference.
  • $100/room/night for those rooming with 2+ people (if you don’t have a roommate, you may indicate in your registration form). All guests in the room would need to purchase the full weekend package of the National YAL Conference tickets.

Please note: This hotel discount is only for those that purchase the full weekend package.

Reimbursements will be made via check after the National YAL Conference. Form needs to be submitted after hotel payment is made and National YAL Conference tickets are purchased. The first 100 rooms will be subsidized. Form can be found here.

 

2022 YAL Conference Schedule

3:00 PM - 5:30 PM

YAL Conference Registration

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Bus Departure

New York Marriott Marquis (1st floor)
7:45 PM - 8:00 PM

Bus Departure

Federation of Hellenic American Societies of Greater New York
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Comedy Show ft. Gus Constantellis, Ellen Karis, Basile the Comedian

11:00 PM - 11:30 PM

Bus Departure

Anemos
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Bus Departure

New York Marriott Marquis (1st floor)
10:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Beach Day

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Bus Departure

Long Branch Beach, NJ
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

YAL Conference Registration

8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Meet & Greet

10:30 PM

Bus Departure

New York Marriott Marquis (1st Floor)
11:00 PM - 3:00 AM

Greek Night @ Kyma

2:45 AM

Bus Departs

Buses will leave Kyma starting at 2:45 am. If you want to leave earlier, you must find your own transportation.
Kyma Flatiron
8:45 AM - 3:30 PM

Conference

View the Detailed Schedule for Saturday to see the list of amazing speakers, great networking opportunities, breakfast, lunch, and breakout sessions.
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Bus Departure

New York Marriott Marquis (1st Floor)
7:30 PM - 11:30 PM

Sunset Cruise on the East River/Hudson River

11:30 PM - 12:00 AM

Bus Departure

Skyport Marina
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Bus Departure

New York Marriott Marquis (1st Floor)
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Divine Liturgy

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Lunch & Service Project

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Bus Departure

Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Chiotes Hall
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Bus Departure

New York Marriott Marquis (1st Floor)
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Gala

11:00 PM - 11:30 PM

Bus Departure

The Loeb Boathouse, Central Park
7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Bus Departure

New York Marriott Marquis (1st Floor)
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Consecration of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church & National Shrine

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Farewell Happy Hour

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Bus Departure

Skinos Greek Restaurant

 

Conference Highlights

NYC Young Adults!Highlights include:

 

 
Comedy Night at Anemos

Comedy Night at Anemos

Long Branch Beach

Beach Day at Long Branch Beach

Kyma Restaurant

Greek Night at Kyma Restaurant

Sunset Cruise NYC

Sunset Boat Cruise on the Hudson River

 

Sessions and Topics

NYC Young Adults!

Visit https://www.clergylaity.org/yalconference/conferenceschedule#saturday for the full Saturday schedule. Here is a sampling of Sessions and Topics to be discussed:

General Session 1: Religious Freedom and Ecumenical Patriarchate

A panel discussion among lawyers, journalists, professors and clergy members about the political and legal issues relating to Greece and the Greek Orthodox Church, such as the autocephalous status of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, the Hagia Sofia, any developments regarding the Halki Seminary and other topics.

General Session 2: Understanding our Faith

A panel discussion among clergy members and professors about the history and ecclesiastical structure of the Eastern Orthodox Churches, the Greek Orthodox Church in America and its relationship to the Ecumenical Patriarchate, and the issues and challenges for the Orthodox faithful in the modern era.

Breakout Session No. 1. Practical Theology

Clergy and professors will discuss philosophy, the Bible, practical theology, and current topics that implicate our faith.

Breakout Session No. 2. Wellness and Mental Health

Wellness coaches, authors, psychologists, and athletes will discuss wellness and mental health, especially ideas for maintaining wellbeing and mental health for yourself and those around you during difficult times.

Breakout Session No. 3. The East Med

Journalists, think tank members, and lobbyists will discuss the East Med, especially the relationship between the U.S. and Greece, Cyprus, and Turkey and current events in the Eastern Mediterranean more generally.

 

FAQ

Summer in NYC means it is warm and often humid! That said, we have a variety of different activities, so here’s a rundown of the type of outfits and additional items we recommend packing:

  • Comedy Show: Casual! Jeans, shorts, light shirts, light jacket, sundresses

  • Beach Day: Swimsuit, towel, sandals, shorts/t shirt or beach cover up, hat, sunglasses

  • Sunset Boat Cruise: Dressy casual.

  • Conference Events (Speakers, Breakout Sessions & Panels): Business Casual

  • Gala: Summer Formal Chic

  • Consecration: Church attire.

 

Yes! You may use your downtime to rest, explore, or hang out with new and old friends.

 

Your ticket is inclusive of all events, transportation to and from events from the hotel, and a LOT of food and beverages! See below for specifics:

  • Welcome Reception
    • Bus transportation from Marriott Marquis
  • Comedy show featuring Basile the Comedian, Gus Constentellis, and Ellen Karris
    • Bus transportation to Marriott Marquis
  • Beach Trip
    • Bus transportation to/from Marriott Marquis
  • Greek Night at Kyma
    • Bus transportation to/from Marriott Marquis
    • Greek DJ & Dancing
  • Conference at Marriott Marquis
    • Breakfast and Lunch included
    • Amazing speakers and networking opportunities
    • Breakout sessions on various topics
  • Boat Cruise
    • Boat cruise in the NY harbor
    • Greek DJ & dancing
    • Open bar
    • Appetizers
  • Divine Liturgy & Lunch
    • Bus transportation from Marriott Marquis
    • Lunch included
    • Keynote address
  • Gala
    • Open bar
    • Buffet dinner
    • Live Greek band & dancing
    • Bus transportation to/from Marriott Marquis
  • Consecration of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine
    • Bus transportation from Marriott Marquis
    • Be part of the historical opening
    • Reception to follow

 

NYC Young Adults!
NYC Young Adults!
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