Monthly Archives: October 2015

AmeriCorps Member of the Year: Morgan Greening

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10.30.15 2015 YVC AmeriCorps Member of the Year

 

Congratulations to Morgan Greening, the 2015 recipient of the AmeriCorps Member of the Year award!

Morgan is currently serving her third term with Youth Volunteer Corps in Danbury, hosted by the United Way of Western Connecticut. Dozens of AmeriCorps members serve at YVC programs throughout the country, and Morgan was given this top honor.

She has been an outstanding AmeriCorps member, setting the example of service for both her fellow AmeriCorps members and the youth that she leads through her local YVC. It’s clear that she’s had quite an impact on her community!

Morgan’s supervisor, Casey Levene, who is United Way of Western Connecticut’s Director of Volunteer Services, also has told us the following about Morgan: “Morgan Greening has brought a consistency to our Youth Volunteer Corps program since her arrival in November 2013. Her sunny disposition, commitment to service and our youth is evident on every project she leads. The youth look up to her as a positive role model and she makes each event fun and meaningful. Her creative photos and postings on Facebook and Twitter have increased our exposure. We are thrilled that she will continue service with us through next spring.”

We are so grateful for her service to YVC through AmeriCorps, and we look forward to seeing what she’ll accomplish through a lifetime of service!

The 2015 AmeriCorps Member of the Year honor was announced during the Award Ceremony at the YVC Summit. We’re celebrating the 2015 award winners this week on the blog. Learn about our 2015 Project of the Year, and meet our Trailblazer Award honoree, New Affiliate of the YearProgram Director of the YearAffiliate of the Year and Milestone Award honorees.

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Project of the Year: YVC of Anderson, SC

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10.29.15 Project of the Year

Each year, youth serve on thousands of different projects with Youth Volunteer Corps across the U.S. and Canada. From projects at soup kitchens to city parks, animal shelters to retirement homes, we have witnessed an incredible variety of ways YVC Youth Volunteers are serving their local communities (3,691 different projects in the last year, to be exact!).

Each year at the YVC Summit, we announce the Project of the Year Award to honor the most creative, engaging and impactful of these projects across the YVC Network.

Congratulations to YVC of Anderson, hosted by United Way of Anderson County, for the 2015 Project of the Year! They earned this honor for their project with Developmental Center for Exceptional Children.

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We loved this project because Youth Volunteers were the ones that found a need for service that usually goes unnoticed.

YVC had served at this local preschool for kids with disabilities before. The center’s staff recognized that parents of kids with disabilities have a challenging job and don’t often get a break, so they planned to serve a meal to these families.

Before going to help with this meal, one Youth Volunteer realized yet another need. He thought that the center’s staff also have challenging jobs and may not get breaks very often either, so they deserved recognition too!

YVC decided to serve a meal to both groups—the center’s staff and the families. They served two meals last year, one near Thanksgiving and another near Christmas, to give them all a break and thank them for their perseverance.

Here at YVC we work to make sure that every project is driven by youth ideas and passion, and this project is a perfect example of how empowering a service experience can be when youth-led from start to finish!

The 2015 Project of the Year was announced during the Award Ceremony at the YVC Summit. We’re celebrating the 2015 award winners this week on the blog. Meet our YVC AmeriCorps Member of the Year, Trailblazer Award honoree, New Affiliate of the YearProgram Director of the YearAffiliate of the Year and Milestone Award honorees.

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Looking Back on Summit 2015: Grow Your Impact

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Summit 2015 post-Summit

Summit 2015 wrapped up Sunday after an incredible weekend celebrating the accomplishments of the last year, learning how to serve our communities even better and sharing ideas with each other. Attendees gave the Summit a rating of 4.7 out of 5, so it sounds like it was a worthy investment for them too!

Here’s what just a few of the Summit attendees had to say about their experience:

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“The Summit is a great place to network, gain ideas, and learn about diverse perspectives. I love seeing the personal growth that occurs at Summit.” – Aubrey, Youth Volunteer

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“It was great getting to know everyone and I learned a lot.” – Sezny, AmeriCorps member

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“I am going home PUMPED with new ideas to improve our local YVC!” – Laura, Youth Volunteer

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“I’ve made many good friends at these Summits.” – Rishi, Youth Volunteer

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“It was really great, and I learned A LOT! Taking back feedback and making a more awesome YVC!” – Lori, Executive Director

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“I learned so much about YVC and what I need to do to make mine the best.” – Tori, AmeriCorps member

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“I met a lot of new people I just wish they weren’t living so far away!” – Ian, Youth Volunteer

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“Our youth feel so much more involved and connected to the organization as a whole.” – Eileen, Program Director

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“It makes me wanna go back home and volunteer a ton, influencing those around me.” – Allyah, Youth Volunteer

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“My leadership skills have developed throughout the Summit. My passion for volunteering has doubled (which I never thought was possible) and have inspired me to become the best I can be!” – Samara, Youth Volunteer

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the Summit! Save the date for next year’s Summit in Philadelphia, PA, Oct. 7-9, 2016.

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YVC Launches in Charleston

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Welcome Charleston!

Join us in welcoming the newest Youth Volunteer Corps program: Charleston, SC!

YVC of Charleston is hosted by the Mayor’s Office for Children, Youth & Families. We can’t wait to see the impact that youth will have on the community through this new YVC.

Welcome YVC of Charleston!

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YVC Launches in Des Moines

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Welcome Des Moines!

Join us in welcoming the newest Youth Volunteer Corps program: Des Moines, IA!

YVC of Des Moines is hosted by Community Youth Concepts. We can’t wait to see the impact that youth will have on the community through this new YVC.

Welcome YVC of Des Moines!

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