6. TRAVEL: The young are fascinated with travel and they dream of it
constantly. A serious effort could be made to provide cheap travel tickets
to groups of Greek-American and Greek-Canadian youths, to tour Greece.
Conversely, youths from Greece could come to the US and Canada with
organized tours and could interact in many ways with the young of our
Communities. It is known that Jewish youngsters spend time in Israel under
various arrangements (Kibbutz etc.).
Such experience could be catalytic for attracting our young to Hellenic
Culture and Heritage. Live images are stronger than words.
7. SPORTS: An organized effort to promote soccer (upcoming sport in
United States) among our young, in North America, with a chance to attend or
watch soccer games between Greek teams and their competitors, could be
significant. The contagious enthusiasm and emotions generated during soccer,
baseball and other games are well known and need no special emphasis.
8. SATELLITE BROADCASTING: Broadcasting of special programs (sports,
festivals, ceremonies etc.) from Greece via Satellite will have a good
effect on young people. This however will take meticulous program planning
and outstanding professional supervision. The transmission of the ceremonies
during the Convention for Greeks abroad in Thessaloniki, is a case in point.
Local special TV programs for teaching the Language right at home, by
experienced teachers can do wonders. Transmissions from Greece by ERT, will
further boost cultural links with, and desire to visit, Greece.
9. FORMAL LECTURES AND SEMINARS: Certain of our communities in North
America have sporadically organized Lectures and Seminars on subjects
concerning History, Politics, Economy and the like, as well as on
significant contemporary issues relevant to Hellenism. Conferences organized
by the Spyros Vryonis Center in Sacramento for instance, should be expanded
to involve not only Scholars but also other sections of our Community,
including the young. A number of academicians from American, Canadian and
European Universities, and from Greece, can make an enormous contribution by
speaking on Hellenic Culture and Heritage and on other issues of concern.
Specifically, the considerable number of Greek-American Professors, who
are members of faculties at Colleges and Universities in United States and
Canada, represents an enormous, yet largely untapped asset, for our
Community and for our Church, both of which some critics describe, as rather
disinterested or outright antagonistic, towards them. This phenomenon cannot
stand and should be rectified as soon as possible for the benefit of both,
Community and Church.