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Congratulations to 299 Youth Milestone Award Recipients

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Congratulations to the recipients of the 2016 Milestone Award! Each year we give out three categories of awards to extraordinary youth who have volunteered an impressive number of hours with YVC.

The 100-In-1 Award is for youth who have volunteered at least 100 hours with YVC in a single year. The Ethic of Service Award is for youth who have volunteered at least 500 hours with YVC in their career. The World-Changer Award, YVC’s most prestigious award, is for youth who have volunteered at least 1,000 hours with YVC in their career.

During the award ceremony at Summit 2016, we gave out 292 100-in-1 Awards, 10 Ethic of Service Awards and 1 World-Changer Award. Below is the incredible list of youth making huge differences in their communities:

World-Changer Award Recipient:

Kayla Russell – Muskogee, OK

Ethic of Service Award Recipients:

Brandon Briggs – Alpena, MI
Aubrey Grimshaw – Cedar City, UT
Bailee Jordan – Anderson, SC
Troy Mcclendon – Kansas City, MO
Chelsea McDaniel – Alpena, MI
Patton Meacham – Kansas City, MO
Christian O’Neal – Alpena, MI
Sarah Parker – Anderson, SC
Bryan Perez – Muskogee, OK
Jessica Vu – Calgary, AB

100-in-1 Award Recipients:

Raneen Abdul-Rahman – Calgary, AB
Laura Akey – Ann Arbor, MI
Jalynn Allen – Muskogee, OK
Abdul Al-Shawwa – Calgary, AB
Connor Altman – Kansas City, MO
Lily Arens – Kansas City, MO
Vanessa Arges – Calgary, AB
Abdulrahman Ayad – Kansas City, MO
Asma Azad – Calgary, AB
Kiana Baghban – Calgary, AB
Erin Bailey – Kansas City, MO
Cali Basey – Kansas City, MO
Pawan Bath – Calgary, AB
Garrett Beaulieau – Alpena, MI
Heidi Becker – Kansas City, MO
Audra Beeson – Muskogee, OK
Adam Benmoussa – Ann Arbor, MI
Seryna Bergstrom – Muskogee, OK
Raunak Bhagat – Calgary, AB
Ben Bialek – Ann Arbor, MI
Finley Bickford – Kansas City, MO
Alexus Blosch – Muskogee, OK
Miranda Blosch – Muskogee, OK
Alyssa Bly – Kansas City, MO
Devin Bly – Kansas City, MO
Morgan Bowers – Kansas City, MO
Joslyn Bowman – Kansas City, MO
Lyra Boyce – Ann Arbor, MI
Natalia Bozek – Calgary, AB
Alex Bratton – St. Joseph, MO
Ava Bridges – Kansas City, MO
Saeem Brooks – Philadelphia, PA
Quincy Brown – Kansas City, MO
Chloe Buchler – Alpena, MI
Brett Budnik – Alpena, MI
Josh Bunsis – Ann Arbor, MI
Danielle Buschman – Cedar City, UT
Sammie Buschman – Cedar City, UT
Josie Butler – Kansas City, MO
Stephanie Caballero – Calgary, AB
Sarah Campbell – Ann Arbor, MI
Maxwell Campbell – Kansas City, MO
Dominick Caones – Calgary, AB
Tony Capilla – Muskogee, OK
Ned Capuano – Ann Arbor, MI
Alexis Carlton – Muskogee, OK
Morgan Carter – Cedar City, UT
Harrison Castillo – Kansas City, MO
Julianna Caton – Ann Arbor, MI
Bethany Chan – Calgary, AB
George Chandy – Philadelphia, PA
Kaitlyn Chanthaseng – Calgary, AB
Beatrice Chen – Ann Arbor, MI
Jia-an Chen – Ann Arbor, MI
Dewey Chen – Calgary, AB
Melody Chen – Calgary, AB
Sarah Chen – Calgary, AB
Dana Chhuor – Calgary, AB
Joy Chiles – Philadelphia, PA
Joan Chu – Calgary, AB
Teller Clark – Kansas City, MO
Kaitlyn Conner – Muskogee, OK
Mariah Connor – Kansas City, MO
Jessica Corpuz – Calgary, AB
Allison Cowherd – Ann Arbor, MI
Marianne Cowherd – Ann Arbor, MI
Samson Dabney – Ann Arbor, MI
Samuel Daniels – Muskogee, OK
Shovon Das – Calgary, AB
Duante Davis – Kansas City, MO
Jadon Dester – Ann Arbor, MI
Denise Diaz – Muskogee, OK
Preston Diemond – Alpena, MI
Emily Digiovanni – Ann Arbor, MI
Bryan Dorsey – Kansas City, MO
Katie Dotson – St. Joseph, MO
Stevie Dotson – St. Joseph, MO
Gracie Dunn – Muskogee, OK
Dominic Ebberts – Kansas City, MO
Samantha Epp – St. Joseph, MO
Wejdaan Faridi – Calgary, AB
Viviana Fermaint – Newport News, VA
Ty Fix – Kansas City, MO
Leah Fleming – Ann Arbor, MI
Sam Fleming – Ann Arbor, MI
Alana Freeman – Kansas City, MO
Malik Freese – Kansas City, MO
Maurice Freese – Kansas City, MO
Laura Frost – Kansas City, MO
Olivia Fryer-Merlet – Corvallis, OR
Sanako Fujioka – Ann Arbor, MI
Aurora Fuller – Ann Arbor, MI
Ethan Gilworth – Kansas City, MO
Zachary Goldberg – Ann Arbor, MI
Areen Goraya – Ann Arbor, MI
Sayhaan Goraya – Ann Arbor, MI
Alejandra Guevara – Ann Arbor, MI
Lucas Guevara – Ann Arbor, MI
Calla Ha – Calgary, AB
Samantha Hamil – Muskogee, OK
Javid Hamilton – Kansas City, MO
Andrew Hartje – Kansas City, MO
Elizabeth Hartje – Kansas City, MO
Nate Hawley – Ann Arbor, MI
Nathan Hawthorne – Kansas City, MO
Brittany Hermawan – Calgary, AB
Grace Hopewell – Kansas City, MO
Anna Horning – Ann Arbor, MI
Madison Horton – Cedar City, UT
Samuel Hunt – Muskogee, OK
Vivian Huynh – Calgary, AB
Ellys Ilagan – Calgary, AB
Ryan Ittyipe – Calgary, AB
Kaleb Jackson – Manhattan, KS
Mason Jackson – Manhattan, KS
Jenna Jarjoura – Ann Arbor, MI
Layla Jarjoura – Ann Arbor, MI
Laura Jarriel – Anderson, SC
Rose Jasman – Alpena, MI
Clayton Jennings – Kansas City, MO
Livia Johnson – Ann Arbor, MI
Whitney Jones – Ann Arbor, MI
Zoe Jones – Ann Arbor, MI
Bailee Jordan – Anderson, SC
Carter Jordan – Anderson, SC
Allison Kania – Alpena, MI
Iman Kassam – Calgary, AB
Sakshi Kaur – Calgary, AB
Emma Kiernan – Danbury, CT
Minhee Kim – Calgary, AB
Phoebe Kinch – Ann Arbor, MI
Kyra King – Kansas City, MO
Jazmyn Kinney – Kansas City, MO
Aislinn Kinsella – Kansas City, MO
Cassidy Kirkland – Kansas City, MO
Leah Knack – Muskogee, OK
Emma Kobelsky – Calgary, AB
Vincent Kong – Philadelphia, PA
Michelle Korostensky – Calgary, AB
Linden Kronberg – Ann Arbor, MI
Noah Krueger – Kansas City, MO
Angela Kuang – Calgary, AB
Dalton Lam – Calgary, AB
Bridget Lawson – Ann Arbor, MI
Jim Le – Calgary, AB
Tommy Le – Calgary, AB
Richard Lee-Thai – Calgary, AB
Kristen Lefort – Cedar City, UT
Maya Lektser – Calgary, AB
Amanda Leong – Calgary, AB
Ranmeixue (Michelle) Li – Calgary, AB
Ronica Li – Calgary, AB
Susan Li – Calgary, AB
Colton Loney – Calgary, AB
Lexis Ly – Calgary, AB
Claudia Maguire – Ann Arbor, MI
Raisa Mahmud – Calgary, AB
Sebe Maier – Ann Arbor, MI
Brandi Manning – Alpena, MI
Trey Manning – Alpena, MI
Aryonna Manz – Kansas City, MO
Deon Marie Cain – Muskogee, OK
Jendaya Marsh – Kansas City, MO
Rachel Mazalo – Calgary, AB
Troy Mcclendon – Kansas City, MO
Haily McCullough – Ann Arbor, MI
Danielle McDaniel – Alpena, MI
Patton Meacham – Kansas City, MO
Sydney Meek – Cedar City, UT
Soham Mhaskar – Ann Arbor, MI
Christian Mikos – Kansas City, MO
Rina Mikos – Kansas City, MO
Martina Min – Calgary, AB
Ian Mitchell – Kansas City, MO
Tyler Mitchell – Kansas City, MO
Didi Moffat – Calgary, AB
Javon Mormon – Kansas City, MO
Daria Mukovenkova – Calgary, AB
Fazeela Mulji – Calgary, AB
Phoenix Myles – Kansas City, MO
Korrine Nelson – Danbury, CT
Heather Ngo – Calgary, AB
Darin Nguyen – Calgary, AB
Elvira Nurmambetova – Calgary, AB
Jasmine Oidi – Calgary, AB
ShairaMae Oidi – Calgary, AB
Landon Osipik – Kansas City, MO
Starshine Palmer – Kansas City, MO
David Pang – Calgary, AB
Connor Parille – Danbury, CT
Junha Park – Calgary, AB
Olivia Parrish – Kansas City, MO
Evelyn Peng – Kansas City, MO
Kandace Peroramas – Calgary, AB
Vic Phan – Calgary, AB
Patrick Philbin – Ann Arbor, MI
Stephen Philippou – Ann Arbor, MI
Alexander Plata – Ann Arbor, MI
Rodolfo Plata – Ann Arbor, MI
Elizabeth Potterf – Kansas City, MO
Jackson Powers – Ann Arbor, MI
Rachel Powers – Ann Arbor, MI
Elena Puckett – Cedar City, UT
Lilly Puckett – Cedar City, UT
Stephanie Pye – Calgary, AB
Valentina Quick – Kansas City, MO
Vera Quick – Kansas City, MO
Noah Radford – Kansas City, MO
Fairuz Raisa – Calgary, AB
Fraaz Rana – Calgary, AB
Erik Rangel – Cedar City, UT
Urouj Rashid – Calgary, AB
Adam Rasmussen – Alpena, MI
Elijah Reische – Ann Arbor, MI
Christin Rey – Kansas City, MO
Trevor Rey – Kansas City, MO
Isabella Rezanka – Ann Arbor, MI
Anna Rinvelt – Ann Arbor, MI
Ella Roberts – Ann Arbor, MI
Teavion Robertson – Ann Arbor, MI
Chase Robertson – Kansas City, MO
Valencia Rodrigues – Muskogee, OK
Amy Rodriguez – Ann Arbor, MI
Miriam Rodriguez – Calgary, AB
Halle Romine – Cedar City, UT
Kayla Russell – Muskogee, OK
Catherine Sanchez – Ann Arbor, MI
Nia Saxon – Ann Arbor, MI
Ethan Sayer – Ann Arbor, MI
Charlie Seely – Ann Arbor, MI
Mira Shetty – Ann Arbor, MI
Dina Shoham – Calgary, AB
Olga Shtepa – Calgary, AB
Matthias Siber – Danbury, CT
Elizabeth Simmons – Ann Arbor, MI
Nick Simon – Kansas City, MO
Kimberly Simpson – Cedar City, UT
Melanie Sing – Calgary, AB
Sarthak Singh – Calgary, AB
Julia Slack – Kansas City, MO
Davion Smith – Muskogee, OK
Allyah Smith – St. Joseph, MO
Trey Smith – St. Joseph, MO
Rachel Stander – Kansas City, MO
Assata Starks – Kansas City, MO
Eliza Steinberg – Ann Arbor, MI
Matthew Stoll – Ann Arbor, MI
Danny Stukes – Kansas City, MO
Aaron Sweet – Ann Arbor, MI
Jennifer Szutu – Calgary, AB
Kylie Tacey – Bay City, MI
Cynthia Tang – Calgary, AB
Megan Taylor – Ann Arbor, MI
Jasmine Taylor – Kansas City, MO
Nikila Taylor – Kansas City, MO
Princess Thomas – Kansas City, MO
Darrel Thomas – Muskogee, OK
John Tomlinson – Kansas City, MO
Bre’anna Torres – Kansas City, MO
Andy Tran – Calgary, AB
Jimmy Truong – Calgary, AB
Jadyn Underwood – Kansas City, MO
Alex Valenzuela – Kansas City, MO
Dakotah VanGordon – Muskogee, OK
Kritin Vasamreddy – Kansas City, MO
Gina Vasey – Ann Arbor, MI
Katherina Vo – Calgary, AB
Roman Vomacka – Calgary, AB
Fiona Wait – Ann Arbor, MI
Cynthia Wang – Calgary, AB
Leo Wang – Calgary, AB
Tom Wang – Calgary, AB
Morgan Weatherbie – Calgary, AB
Ryan Welp – Kansas City, MO
Madisen Werner – Cedar City, UT
Glenn Whitebell – Ann Arbor, MI
Alexandria Whitten – Baton Rouge, LA
Raasch Williams – Ann Arbor, MI
Rachel Williams – Kansas City, MO
Kaci Wilson – Baton Rouge, LA
Nicole Wlasitz – Calgary, AB
Morgan Woloszyk – Alpena, MI
Laurea Wright – Ann Arbor, MI
Austin Wylie – Ann Arbor, MI
Brian Wylie – Ann Arbor, MI
Wendy Xu – Calgary, AB
Jeffrey Yang – Philadelphia, PA
Linda Zhang – Calgary, AB
Dylan Zhao – Calgary, AB
Jenny Zhao – Calgary, AB
Lilian Zhou – Calgary, AB
Wassim Zrikem – Ann Arbor, MI

Congratulations to these all-star Youth Volunteers!

The Milestone Awards were announced during the Award Ceremony at the YVC Summit. We’re celebrating the 2016 award winners this week on the blog. Read about this year’s Affiliate of the Year, Program Director of the Year, Project of the Year, New Affiliate of the Year, AmeriCorps Member of the Year and World-Changer Award.

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2016 YVC World-Changer Award Recipient: Kayla Russell

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At the YVC Summit each year, we honor youth who have volunteered at least 1,000 hours with YVC in their careers by presenting them with a World-Changer Award, the most prestigious youth milestone award.

Kayla Russell, Youth Volunteer from YVC of Muskogee, is the sole recipient for the World-Changer Award this year.

“Kayla personifies the spirit of service to others,” said Eileen Van Kirk, program director for YVC of Muskogee. “Through her volunteer service with YVC of Muskogee and her work with young children in her church’s youth group, Kayla has impacted many lives. She is a kind and caring young woman who truly has a heart for service.”

Kayla has volunteered a total of 1,038.75 hours with YVC of Muskogee. She is ranked sixth in terms of hours volunteered with YVC programs throughout the U.S. and Canada in the program’s 29-year history.

“She has been a YVC volunteer for over 6 years, during which time she made several international missions trips, bringing her many experiences back to share with us. Kayla plans to be an international aide nurse,” said Eileen. “I look forward to another year of YVC with Kayla and hope she will return as a Team Leader during the summers.”

Congratulations, Kayla, and thank you for devoting so many hours to making a difference with YVC!

Youth Milestone Awards were announced during the Award Ceremony at the YVC Summit. We’re celebrating the 2016 award winners this week on the blog. Read about this year’s Affiliate of the Year, Program Director of the Year, Project of the Year, New Affiliate of the Year, AmeriCorps Member of the Year and stay tuned to meet the remaining Youth Milestone Award winners.

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2016 AmeriCorps Member of the Year: Brooke Mainville

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Congratulations to Brooke Mainville, the 2016 recipient of the AmeriCorps Member of the Year Award!

Brooke is currently serving her second term with Youth Volunteer Corps of Alpena, MI, hosted by the Boys and Girls Club of Alpena. Dozens of AmeriCorps members serve at YVC programs throughout the country, and Brooke was given this top honor.

Brooke has been an outstanding AmeriCorps member who sets the example of service for the youth at her local YVC along with AmeriCorps members throughout the country. She helped YVC of Alpena have one of their best years yet last year, with 409 youth serving 9,514 hours.

Brooke has set 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!

Boys and Girls Club of Alpena’s Executive Director Brad Somers sent in a few words about the impact that Brooke has had: “We could not think of a better representative of the Boys and Girls Club and Youth Volunteer Corps program, and you deserve all the accolades that you get. You’re an amazing asset to our organization. You do great with the kids, you rally them together for a common purpose and get them to do great acts of selfless things here in our community. Thank you so much for all the things you’ve done for the Boys and Girls Club, Youth Volunteer Corps and the Alpena community.”

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

The 2016 AmeriCorps Member of the Year was announced during the Award Ceremony at the YVC Summit. We’re celebrating the 2016 award winners this week on the blog. Read about this year’s Affiliate of the Year, Program Director of the Year, Project of the Year, New Affiliate of the Year and stay tuned to meet this year’s Youth Milestone Award winners.

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2016 New Affiliate of the Year: Des Moines

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We celebrate every time a YVC program launches in a new community, envisioning how countless youth will be transformed by life-changing service experiences. Each year at the YVC Summit, we honor one of the new programs that launched in the previous year that got off to an especially strong start.

Congratulations YVC of Des Moines for earning the 2016 New Affiliate of the Year Award! YVC of Des Moines, hosted by Community Youth Concepts got off to an incredible start with 61 youth serving 517 hours in their first year. YVC of Des Moines hosted 42 projects benefiting 11 local agencies last year.

YVC of Des Moines launched in part due to the support and passion of Bob Bush, a community volunteer who was inspired by YVC’s mission and determined to bring it to his community. He researched local organizations to see which might be a good fit to launch YVC, and he discovered that YVC was a perfect fit for Community Youth Concepts’ mission and goals.

Within the first year, YVC of Des Moines set a strong foundation based on quality service-learning and youth development and has already become a model for YVC programs everywhere to follow.
Congrats YVC of Des Moines!

The 2016 New Affiliate of the Year was announced during the Award Ceremony at the YVC Summit. We’re celebrating the 2016 award winners this week on the blog. Read about this year’s Affiliate of the Year, Program Director of the Year, Project of the Year, and stay tuned to meet this year’s AmeriCorps Member of the Year, Youth Milestone Award Winners and more.

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2016 Project of the Year: YVC of Muskogee, OK

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Each year, youth serve on thousands of projects with Youth Volunteer Corps programs across the U.S. and Canada. This past year, a total of 4,050 different projects were completed through YVC! YVC Youth Volunteers serve their communities in a variety of ways – from projects at retirement homes to thrift stores and community gardens to river banks.

At the annual YVC Summit, we announce the Project of the Year Award to honor the most engaging of these service projects that integrates high-quality service-learning.

Congratulations to YVC of Muskogee, hosted by Muskogee Parks and Recreation, for the 2016 Project of the Year! They earned this honor for their project called “Animal Antics” that was done with the Parks and Recreation’s Bark Park, a community dog park.

We loved this project because it’s a great example of how service can truly be fun!

On Tuesdays and Thursdays this summer, youth walked and washed dogs at the animal shelter. On Mondays, they worked at the new Bark Park demonstrating and cleaning the equipment, passing out information on summer pet care, and giving away homemade dog biscuits. On Wednesdays, they had a table at the local Farmer’s Market with information on adoptable animals.

“It was wonderful how the community, agencies, individuals, and an energetic group of youth who love animals, worked together to make Animal Antics such a successful project,” said Eileen VanKirk, program director for YVC of Muskogee.

In addition to their Monday – Thursday project schedule, they collected cans and other donations for P.A.W.S (Promoting Animal Welfare Association) and Coins for Critters. Each week they visited a different local organization or individual who was actively involved in responsible pet ownership, including a vet’s office, an emergency center for injured animals and local pet stores.

“Our Youth Volunteers’ amazing energy and desire to do that ‘one more thing’ and talk to ‘one more group’ was so inspiring to me and the groups we worked with,” said Eileen. “I think the youth even surprised themselves at how much they accomplished.”

Here at YVC we are dedicated to making sure that every service project is not only beneficial to the community, but also presents service-learning in a fun environment, and this project did just that. Everyone involved in Animal Antics learned a lot about pet adoption and ownership, and YVC of Muskogee has plans to incorporate elements of the project into their school-year program.

The 2016 Program Director of the Year was announced during the Award Ceremony at the YVC Summit. We’re celebrating the 2016 award winners this week on the blog. Read about this year’s Affiliate of the Year, Program Director of the Year, and stay tuned to meet this year’s AmeriCorps Member of the Year, New Affiliate of the Year and more.

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2016 YVC Program Director of the Year: Cindy Rose

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We are constantly finding inspiration in the amount of time, energy, and passion that Youth Volunteer Corps’ Program Directors pour into their local YVC programs. These committed adults cultivate atmospheres of support and enthusiasm for their Youth Volunteers and Team Leaders.

Each year, we are faced with the difficult decision of selecting just a single person to honor with the Program Director of the Year Award. Cindy Rose, Program Director of YVC of Cedar City, Utah, which is hosted by Five County Association of Governments, earned this top honor this year.

In the past program year, Cindy led 54 Youth Volunteers in completing a total of 3,425 hours of service. Aside from helping to coordinate 195 volunteer projects, she also invested her time in supervising projects, raising money, tracking data, overseeing Team Leaders, writing press releases and – above all – conveying warmth and attention to her Youth Volunteers.

“Through Cindy’s ongoing commitment, she communicates to her Team Leaders and Youth Volunteers that what they are doing to serve the community is truly making a difference,” said Tracy Hale, YVC Headquarters’ Chief Operating Officer. “The compassion that she shows to her youth, along with all of the hard work she puts in behind-the-scenes, leaves little room for doubt about her passion for this program.”

Congratulations, Cindy, and keep up the good work!

The 2016 Program Director of the Year was announced during the Award Ceremony at the YVC Summit. We’re celebrating the 2016 award winners this week on the blog. Read about this year’s Affiliate of the Year, and stay tuned to meet this year’s AmeriCorps Member of the Year, New Affiliate of the Year and more.

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2016 Affiliate of the Year: YVC of Newport News

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Congratulations to YVC of Newport News, the 2016 Affiliate of the Year! Not only do they earn this top accolade, but this year the award also comes with a $1,000 grant from YVC Headquarters.

Youth Volunteer Corps of Newport News (Hampton Roads) was launched in 2009 as the very first independent YVC program. It has steadily grown since, deepening its roots in the Hampton Roads community and expanding its reach.

Last year, 428 youth served 9,050 hours with YVC of Newport News, making this their best year yet! They helped 30 local agencies on 122 different projects.

But the numbers only tell part of the story. Ask the 12-year-old Youth Volunteer who discovered that he loved volunteering, even if his parents made him serve on his first YVC project. Ask the mother who told us her daughter’s perspective changed when she worked at a food distribution center and learned to be grateful for what her family has. These stories and thousands of others tell the real impact that YVC of Newport News has on their community.

Thank you to the YVC of Newport News staff, including YVC board member and YVC of Newport News Executive Director Laurie Sepanski, and Youth Volunteers for your impact on your community!

The 2016 Affiliate of the Year was announced during the Award Ceremony at the YVC Summit. We’re celebrating the 2016 award winners this week on the blog. Stay tuned to meet this year’s Program Director of the Year, New Affiliate of the Year and more.

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Congratulations Grow Your Impact Grantees!

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In 2014, YVC Headquarters granted $775 to our Affiliates. In 2015, we granted $2,100. This year, YVCHQ will give over $8,000 in direct grants! YVC is passionate about serving our Affiliates by helping them be responsive to the needs of their community and providing the resources needed to do so.

The Grow Your Impact grants represent YVCHQ’s largest grant-making effort to date. $4,500 was awarded to three incredible Affiliates who branched out to touch more lives and strengthened their roots, ensuring their programs would be part of their communities for years to come. $1,500 was available to Affiliates at any level and $2,500 was available to Gold Level Affiliates only. Learn more about the award-winning efforts of these Affiliates below:

Alpena, Michigan

Award: $500
Application Summary: YVC of Alpena focused on recruiting disadvantaged youth, aligning itself more closely with the mission statement of its host Boys and Girls Club of Alpena: “Enabling all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.” Youth Volunteers with YVC of Alpena stepped up to recruit those youth by hosting a Teen Night and bringing youth to serve at organizations such as the Foster Closet, Food Pantry, Children’s Closet and more. Through these efforts, YVC of Alpena more than doubled their number of disadvantaged Youth Volunteers, from 25 to 57.

Charleston, South Carolina

Award: $1,500
Application Summary: YVC of Charleston is a newer Affiliate that is setting the stage for success. In summer 2016, it hosted a four-week Summer Service-Learning Institute (SSLI). The SSLI was attended by rising 7th and 8th graders at the College of Charleston campus. High school YVC Youth Volunteers were invited to speak and lead leadership activities. The SSLI diversified YVC of Charleston’s program and Youth Volunteers served 337.5 volunteer hours over 16 days, partnered with 10 community organizations, and helped at 12 separate events. SSLI invited eight guest speakers and 12 different schools were represented.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Award: $2,500
Application Summary: YVC of Philadelphia built a healthy community of Youth Volunteers, schools and agencies that fell in love with service. YVC of Philadelphia prioritized youth voice, supported teachers and school staff, and developed long-term, mutually beneficial partnerships with community partners. In its first full program year, YVC of Philadelphia engaged 283 Youth Volunteers who contributed a total of 5,194 hours of service to the Philadelphia community and 59 Youth Volunteers served 30+ hours of service. YVC of Philadelphia increased school partnerships to 6 and agency partners from 12 to 26. Many Youth Volunteers at YVC of Philadelphia are first generation Americans, racial and religious minorities, LGBT, or otherwise marginalized; YVC of Philadelphia is truly a home for its Youth Volunteers.

Congratulations to YVC of Alpena, YVC of Charleston and YVC of Philadelphia!

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