Monthly Archives: January 2017

Happy 25th Anniversary to YVC of Baton Rouge, LA!

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In 25 years of service, there’s no telling how many youth and community members have been impacted by YVC of Baton Rouge. Meet just one of these youth, Mahajebin:

“As a regular teenager it’s important to know that I have the ability to make a difference in my community, and that I can play a valuable role in it. The Youth Volunteer Corps gives me the opportunity to do these things with kids from any background and social status. Not only does YVC allow me to give back to the beautiful city of Baton Rouge, it also gives me the chance to learn more about it and see the world through a more realistic lens.”

(Read Mahajebin’s full story here.)

Mahajebin is just one of the thousands of youth who have served with YVC of Baton Rouge over the last 25 years. They have helped at animal shelters, visited seniors in assisted living centers, cleaned up parks, built homes with Habitat for Humanity, served meals to the hungry and more. Just in the last year alone, 104 youth served 2,601 hours with YVC of Baton Rouge.

These Youth Volunteers have transformed their community, and they have found themselves transformed in the process.

Happy 25th Anniversary, YVC of Baton Rouge! We’re in awe of everything youth have accomplished in the last 25 years and can’t wait to see what they’ll do in the years to come.

Thank you to Capital Area United Way for hosting the YVC of Baton Rouge program for 25 years!

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Happy 25th Anniversary to YVC of Alpena, MI!

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Attend just one project with YVC of Alpena, MI, and it’s obvious to see how profound their impact is on their local community. The Youth Volunteers are called upon to help serve meals, clean parks, plant gardens and so much more.

With 25 years of service to their community, YVC of Alpena youth are known for their energy, enthusiasm, and most of all service.

In the 25 years since YVC of Alpena launched, thousands of youth have made a difference in their community, and they’ve found that this service has in turn transformed them.

Happy 25th Anniversary, YVC of Alpena! We’re in awe of everything youth have accomplished in the last 25 years and can’t wait to see what they’ll do in the years to come.

Thank you to Boys and Girls Club of Alpena for hosting the YVC of Alpena program for 25 years!

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Honoring a Legacy: MLK Day of Service 2017

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Earlier this week, hundreds of Youth Volunteers chose to turn their day off into a day on for service. Youth Volunteer Corps teams across the country honored Dr. King’s legacy by serving their communities to make their piece of the world a little bit better.

Check out what just some of these inspiring Youth Volunteers accomplished:

YVC of Reading, PA, planned an MLK Day celebration for two branches of their local Boys and Girls Club that involved crafts, games and more.

 

YVC of Hampton Roads, VA, helped with yardwork and maintenance at a local family homeless shelter.

 

YVC of Kansas City, MO, planned an MLK Day of Service activity for kids at Y Club, where the youth helped the younger kids through a variety of service stations to help their community.

Thank you to everyone who made a difference in honor of MLK Day of Service!

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On Presence: Notes from a Team Leader

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The following is written by Surline Jolicoeur, an AmeriCorps Member and Team Leader with YVC of Danbury, CT.

This past weekend, our YVCers took part in a kindness project for Ben’s Bells in Bethel, CT. As the snow flurries descended from the sky and created a coat of white fluff on the ground, the Youth Volunteers and I barely noticed as we became enraptured in the moment that we were in.

In a world where everyone’s attention is always divided due to the distractions that bombard us daily, it is rather rare to spend over an hour and a half enthralled in great conversation.

Typically, as a Team Leader, I make it my mission to capture the moments of our volunteers serving their communities and that day was no different. In other words, my phone is always on me or in my hand poised to take a picture. I planned on taking numerous photos of our amazing YVCers to put up on our social media. However, once our project began, I decided that I wanted this project to be different. I took my phone out of the vicinity because I wanted the next hour or so completely dedicated to them.

It. Was. Magical.

Our youth have so much to say in regard to what they think, feel, and aspire to be. However, rarely do adults take the time out to really listen. We often rationalize it by simply stating, “They do not know what they are talking about. They’re still young.”

We couldn’t be more wrong.

In the span of an hour and a half, I sat enthralled at the sheer wisdom that these young people possess. They think differently, yes. But, that is what makes them so awe-inspiring. They love the arts, music, history, philosophy, STEM and numerous other things since they constantly want to be learning something new.

Let me put it this way:

How many times a day do you type a question in on Google simply because you are curious as to what the answer may be? If you all are anything like me, I would say numerous times per day. Our Youth Volunteers do the exact same. They are thirsty for knowledge and insight on what the world has to offer but that often gets lost in the belief that they only care about superficial things.

As Team Leaders, it is our job to reinforce and encourage that quest for knowledge and information within our Youth Volunteers. Teaching them that they are exactly who and what and where they are supposed to be goes a long way as well.

Therefore, I urge all our Team Leaders to put down the phones and give yourself a chance to experience what I did this past weekend. In that small studio tucked away behind a small shopping center with the snow falling in earnest, I learned a very valuable lesson that I will always carry with me…“Wherever you are, be all there.” -Jim Elliot 

Thank you, Surline, for these wise words and for all you do for youth and the community!

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YVC’s 30th Anniversary

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david-1987-201730 years ago, I believed that youth could be empowered to make a difference and that when they stepped forward, they could truly change the world. It was a risk. Few people thought that we’d be able to convince teenagers to volunteer over the summer instead of working a job. But we took the chance.

Three decades later more than 300,000 youth have volunteered with YVC in big cities, small towns and rural communities throughout North America.

Youth have visited the elderly, cleaned up parks, played with little kids and truly transformed communities. In the process, they’ve racked up a total of more than 4.5 million hours of service and been honored by mayors, governors and even presidents.

Join us in this 30th Anniversary year to celebrate the amazing accomplishments of our inspiring Youth Volunteers. I’m in awe of everything that youth have accomplished, but I’m even more amazed when I think of all that they will accomplish in the years to come. Join us throughout this year as we celebrate our inspiring Youth Volunteers.

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Top 10 Posts of 2016

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2016 was an incredible year for Youth Volunteer Corps, with Youth Volunteers making a difference in their communities across North America. Below are the top stories of the last year:

10. Reflections at 100

Founder and President David Battey visited his 100th country in 2016 and reflected on his travels over the years.

9. 2016 World-Changer Award: Leo Wang

YVC of Calgary volunteer Leo broke the record for the most hours volunteered with YVC.

8. Meet Simone: YVC AmeriCorps Member of Spring 2016

Simone is one of our amazing AmeriCorps members who empower youth to make a difference in their communities.

7. Building a Career on the Foundation of AmeriCorps

Victoria attributes her career success to her start with AmeriCorps and YVC.

6. Announcing YVC Day

We announced the first-ever YVC Day in 2016, where thousands of youth served together in honor of YVC.

5. Youth Volunteer and Teacher Connect Through Sign Language

This YVC project gave 13 year-old Heidi the chance to practice her sign language skills in the real world.

4. The Second Sunday of Every Month

Mackenzie shares about her experience on our International Youth Advisory Board and how it’s impacted her.

3. 10 Ways to Make a Difference this Valentine’s Day

We think that volunteering is one of the best ways to share your love with others! Check out these 10 ideas for how to spread some kindness on Valentine’s Day or throughout the year.

2. 2016-2017 International Youth Advisory Board

Thousands of youth volunteer with YVC each year, and just a few are selected to serve as leaders on an international level on our International Youth Advisory Board. Meet this incredible team!

1. Congratulations Gold Level YVC Programs!

We honor the top YVC Affiliates each year with the Gold Level rating. Meet last year’s honorees, and stay tuned soon as we announce our latest Gold Level programs!

Thank you for an incredible 2016! Join with us as we celebrate our 30th Anniversary in 2017 with a year of impact.

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