USA Orthodox Youth Gain Leadership & Service Skills

The Next Generation: Leaders in Service

IMPORTANT NOTE: IOCC is committed to following local and federal safety regulations related to COVID-19 in the US, and have decided to offer a virtual format only. Our goal is to offer the Serv-X­-Treme conference in the safest and most effective format possible.

These IOCC Serv-X-Treme participants prepared a meal, then served and visited with 40 guests at Our Saviour’s Housing shelter in Minneapolis.

Serv-X-Treme participants come together to gain a deeper understanding of Orthodox philanthropy and diakonia (service) through engaging in leadership-building activities, workshops, and hands-on service.

In summer 2020 there will be one VIRTUAL Serv-X-Treme Youth Leadership Conference:

  • July 26-29

During the conference, participants will have the opportunity to:

  • forge new friendships with their pan-Orthodox peers and advisors
  • put their understanding of Orthodox philanthropy and diakonia (service) to practice with hands-on service projects
  • acquire leadership skills which will benefit the Church as well as local, national, and global communities
  • gain a new understanding of how important giving of their time and talents is

“It was life-changing.” —Serv-X-Treme alumnus

“After attending [our daughter] is seeking more ways to stay connected to the Church and to Orthodox organizations while in college.” —Parent of Serv-X-Treme alumnus

What You Need to Know

Eligibility & Cost

  • High-school seniors as of fall of conference year
  • Participants may apply (details below) or be nominated by their bishop (details below)
  • Cost-per-participant: The participation fee is waived this year, but free-will offerings are gratefully accepted to help cover the cost of providing the conference.

Once you’ve been selected to participate, you’ll receive instructions for submitting this payment.

Apply as an Advisor

If you are at least 21 years old, and would like to apply to be an Advisor for one or both weeks, click on the link below and apply by Monday, June 29, 2020.

Applications are now closed; please check back for 2021 information.

One spot is reserved for each hierarch to nominate a delegate from his diocese to attend a Serv-X-Treme conference.

If you are a priest and would like to recommend a qualified student, please contact your hierarch and ask that his office or authorized designee complete the nomination form by Friday, July 10, 2020.

Applications are now closed; please check back for 2021 information.

Please note that this link can only be used by the bishop’s office or his authorized designee.

There are 25 spots open to a competitive application process.

Students interested in attending should apply by completing the application form by Friday, July 10, 2020.

Successful applicants will be notified by July 15

Applications are now closed; please check back for 2021 information.

For questions about the program, or information on how to nominate a delegate, please contact US Administrative Project Assistant, Alexis Rouches at