The forming of local chapters of Dominican Young Adults USA is at the very heart of the organization. The local chapters form the spokes of the DYA wheel.
Local DYA USA chapters are formed by young people who want to learn more about Dominican life and spirituality. Some, but not all, members have had a taste of Dominican life by either attending a Dominican HS or College, by participating in one of the “Preaching Conferences” for high school or college students, or by having had some contact with Dominicans.
Each chapter of DYA designs their own meeting structure, and has their own small governmental structure, (chairperson, co-chairperson) who act as the leaders of the chapter. The group is also connected with a mentor (someone who is connected with the Order). The only requirement for each chapter gathering is that some aspect of the Four Pillars be incorporated into each meeting! Local needs and cultures add a great deal of diversity to the Dominican Young Adult USA experience!
DYA chapters can be formed anywhere in the US. Presently many of these chapters meet on college campuses but they are not limited to those students. All chapters welcome present students, alumni students, and other interested young people who are interested in spending time in prayer, study and mission, to join them in their monthly gatherings. Some chapters have been established in local parishes as well.
Local chapters are forming all the time. At present there are local chapters in:
Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY (DYA Molloy College)
Miami, FL (Luz Dominicana)
Chicago, IL (DYA Chicago)
St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY (DYA STAC)
Isabella, Puerto Rico (Dominican Young Adults – Guatibiri Chapter)
Siena Heights University, Adrian, MI
Dominican University, Sa. Rafael, CA
Edgewood College, Madison, WI
Bayamón, Puerto Rico