I am presenting on Youth but more specifically using Social Media in the Church to keep in touch with the youth in the Church. I heard, some years back, that less than 17% of our college age people return to the church after graduation. For the most part it is because there was no Orthodox presence on campus or the closest Orthodox Church was too far away to get too. So they stop going or they start to attend another church. In the end we loose them and they lose their faith.
Metr. Jonah of the OCA spoke some months back about his vision for Orthodoxy in America. He laid out a plan that included Orthodox houses on major college campuses around the country. This is extremely important I think. A recent census of Orthodox students in Boston pegs the number somewhere around 10,000 and i am sure the other big cities are the same. We need to fix this problem. We need houses and churches near major universities to begin and then work form there.
If you are an Orthodox Priest and reading this, or a lay person in leadership in your church, as yourself this question. Is there a college campus near the church? If yes, what are you doing to reach out to the campus? Do you know if there is a chaplain on campus of any faith? If not become that chaplain. Reach out to the students you just might be surprised.