Monthly Archives: March 2013

Sky-high view with YVC

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Did you know that Sunday is Opening Day for Major League Baseball season? With baseball on our minds, we thought we’d share a story about YVC and baseball.

The following story is from Paul Marksbury, YVC’s Affiliate Services Coordinator who served as a Team Leader with YVC of Greater Kansas City from 2006 to 2007:

When I was a Team Leader, I was assigned to an alternative high school class in south Kansas City, Missouri to lead a service-learning initiative with the students, all of whom were long-term suspended from the traditional local high school. Being the only white person in the class besides the teacher, it took me a while to earn the youth’s respect.  However, I was eventually able to win over Jerome, a 6-foot, 300 lb. class clown on his way to Pitt State on a football scholarship. The other students looked up to him, and that proved invaluable to me while I tried to engage them in my service-learning lessons. He certainly caused his fair share of distractions, but as soon as I caught eyes with him, he would holler “Let’s listen to the man!” And since everyone listened to him, luckily they listened to me. Most of the time.

At the end of the year, I invited the entire class to a Kansas City Royals game that we received some free tickets for. The seats were in the nosebleed section, and Jerome was the only person from my class who showed. After he found his seat, I watched him scan the view in amazement.

“I never did this before,” Jerome said.

“You’ve never been to a Royals game?” I asked.

“Nope. And I ain’t never been up this high.”

We won the game.

Has YVC shown you a new perspective? We’d love to hear your story! Contact Lacey at [email protected] if you would like to share your story.

David Battey: Kindest Kansas Citian

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David and Youth VolunteerDavid with a Youth Volunteer at the Celebration of Service project last September.

We’re excited to announce that YVC’s Founder and President David Battey has been selected as one of the Kindest Kansas Citians for 2013! The Kindest Kansas Citian program celebrates ways that people all over the Kansas City metro area show kindness. These individuals are selected through an essay contest for area students to nominate someone who has inspired them with their kindness.

Elizabeth Leach, a 13 year-old Youth Volunteer who has already served nearly 300 hours with YVC of Greater Kansas City, wrote the essay below to nominate David. She was one of 6,000 students who contributed essays, and her essay honoring David was one of the 20 chosen for the Kindest Kansas Citian awards for 2013.

Congrats, Elizabeth, on your essay being chosen! Here’s what she said about the Kindest Kansas Citian:


David Battey is a truly giving man. Kansas City really needed a man like him. So many organizations, families, adults and children have benefited from his work. Mr. David Battey said he wanted to see a change in the city, a new way to improve his surroundings. He noticed many homeless people on the streets, people suffering of starvation and many more conflicts. One quote that he wished to follow was, “Be the change you wish to see in the world,” said by Mahatma Gandhi, and put into action by David Battey. In 1987 Mr. Battey thought kids should be able to work and be the change they wish to see and not only adults, so he started an organization called the Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC).

YVC is a nonprofit organization that allows kids ages 11-18 to volunteer hours for school, probation and just for fun. This group is led by intelligent people called Team Leaders. The main purpose of YVC is to create and increase volunteer opportunities to enrich youth, address community needs and develop a lifetime commitment to service. It first started out as a small volunteer group that not many people knew about. There were advertisements set up around the Kansas City metro area. David Battey was the president of this organization and his dream was germinating.

Elizabeth addressing groupElizabeth addressing the group of nearly 100 donors, volunteers and friends of YVC at our open house last October.

David Battey is such a kind soul to all of the volunteers and organizations where we volunteer. He has a welcoming smile and a comely laugh. His dream took a lot of work to accomplish. Mr. Battey has been able, along with many other important members of YVC, to expand YVC to many different states and Canada. He has inspired so many people including me. I am one of the 270,325 volunteers that use my time for my community. That number was the number of  volunteers there were since 1987 serving more than 4,248,492 hours. Also, I agree that it is pertinent to kids’ lives to volunteer and give to their community and believe in what only they believe in. After 25 years, David Battey’s heart has grown bigger and bigger for the youth and his community.


Thanks, Elizabeth, for such wonderful words and for being such a committed YVC volunteer! For the record, we think you’re one of the kindest Kansas Citians too!

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