The name Helio-Polis was chosen to reflect Paralimni’s location on the easternmost point of the Island, receiving each day the first ray of sunlight, and hoping to turn it into the blazing fire of Culture. By the same token, Cyprus is the easternmost point of Europe, and one of the Program’s objectives is to assist similar initiatives in the eastern Mediterranean basin, from Lebanon to Greece, by way of coaching instructors, as well as by sharing academic resources.
Interview with Founder
In order to raise a small community's awareness to the importance of Emotive Culture in Youth and help those Youths, there are 4 steps.
HYC’s purpose is to create Emotive cultural growth in teenagers through a synthetic and overlapping approach to Art, Philosophy and Global Issues. That is to say, an unbiased cultural program, that provides a solid link between western academic education on the one hand, and Cyprus’s Christian cultural heritage on the other. Youth are generally fortunate in our days to have access to strong educational systems, which are of paramount importance in refining the Intellectual component of their psyches. Moreover, through the fast pace of life, sports, etc… our psyche’s Motor/Instinctive component is also finely tuned. What remains lagging far behind these two and left to hazardous growth, and the dangers of mass media, is precisely the Emotive component of our psyche. Unlike prior generations and centuries, in this day and age, it is of little importance insofar as education is concerned, since education’s primary goal is “success” as opposed to “conscience”.
In this respect, HYC’s focused and enjoyable cultural program targets this by raising conscience and non-material aspirations through:
Moreover, the program aims to integrate youths from various segments of the community.
The eastern Mediterranean region, usually avails, besides the above mentioned Academic Education, an adequate ground of Faith in an active local Spiritual setting. However since pure Faith and pure Intelligence tend to be distanced from one another, they require a middle ground and dialogue to bring them together, which is precisely the role of Emotive Culture.