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What if…

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When we gathered 100+ members of the YVC family together for the 25th Anniversary Summit, we not only wanted to celebrate 25 years of YVC but also build the foundation for 25 more. One of the ways we did this was by dreaming BIG ideas for the future.

We set up a “What If” board, and Summit attendees dreamed up some huge ideas, some practical and some wild. But with more than 270,000 Youth Volunteers over the last 25 years, who knows what could happen in 25 more?

Here are just some of the awesome ideas our Summit attendees came up with:

What if we had enough volunteers for all our community needs?
What if everyone on the planet had a sense of their creative power?
What if just one dollar a day went from your pocket to a different charity each day?
What if YVC was a household name?
What if every citizen participated in a YVC project as a Youth Volunteer? How would that change our communities?
What if YVC helped us fly?
What if every YVC volunteer continued to serve for the rest of their lives?
What if everyone was as motivated as we are?
What if every Youth Volunteer recruited one new person every year they volunteered?
What if regional YVCs scheduled one large project with surrounding YVCs each year?
What if every hour spent volunteering earned a dollar that would go to charity?
What if every metro area had a YVC with Saturday, summer, after-school projects and a Youth Advisory Board?
What if you convinced all your friends to participate in two projects per month and then spread the word?
What if there were so many youth involved with YVC that we had to rent a football stadium for our Summit?
What if one new tree was planted every day?
What if there were a YVC in every city? Or every country?
What if everyone cared as much as we do?
What if I could change the world?

We can’t stop talking about the Summit! Have you been following our other Summit posts? Catch up on the last two posts: 25th Anniversary Summit: A Life-Changing Experience, What Did You Learn at the Summit? and The Summit: A YVC Family Reunion.

2012 Annual Report

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Thank you to our Youth Volunteers for an incredible 25th Anniversary year! Check out our 2012 Annual Report to meet just some of the amazing youth who volunteered with us this year: 

 

The Summit: A YVC Family Reunion

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Before this year’s Summit, it had been three years since the YVC family was able to come together. So when we got 100 members of the YVC family together for the 25th Anniversary Summit, we knew we wanted to celebrate! Not only did we have the excitement of Youth Volunteers and YVC staff coming from all over the U.S. and Canada to celebrate, but we also wanted to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of YVC.

Throughout the Summit, we took time to celebrate the accomplishments of both the last year and all of YVC’s 25 year history. Did you know that since 1987, there have been a whopping 270,325 Youth Volunteers who have served with YVC (we’ve had a few more since the time the cake below was baked!)? We wanted to celebrate every single one of them!

We of course had a cake (or two!) because what’s a celebration without a cake? But the real celebrations came in the interactions between members of the YVC family. Youth Volunteers from Anderson County, South Carolina and Muskogee, Oklahoma staying up too late working on an on-site service project and getting to know each other. Program Directors from Calgary, Alberta and Grant County, New Mexico sharing ideas about their YVC programs and learning that despite the differences in their communities, they can both learn from each other. YVC’s Founder and President David Battey jumping into a giant game of Apples to Apples with Youth Volunteers from all over the YVC network.

We also devoted time to dreaming about what YVC could look like 25 years from now. What better way to celebrate a 25th Anniversary then to dream about all that can happen before the 50th Anniversary?

Thanks for being a part of the 25th Anniversary Summit! We can’t wait to see everyone back next year and welcome even more participants!

We can’t stop talking about the Summit! Have you been following our other Summit posts? Catch up on the last two posts: 25th Anniversary Summit: A Life-Changing Experience and What Did You Learn at the Summit?, and stay tuned for one more post next week.

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