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Youth Volunteer Corps’ Giving Tuesday Initiative Is Sure to Make You Smile

Kansas City, Mo. – Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC) is leading a movement called “Give a Smile” for Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving which takes place this year on Tuesday, November 29.  YVC is challenging supporters from across the U.S. and Canada to “Give a Smile” to someone through a random act of kindness.

After two days for getting deals – Black Friday and Cyber Monday – Giving Tuesday is a day for giving back.

Through the “Give a Smile” campaign, YVC wishes to help people rediscover the joy that it is giving back. The goal is to inspire people to make a difference, whether that is through a small act of kindness or a generous monetary donation.

Youth throughout the U.S. and Canada are taking part in this movement, performing random acts of kindness to brighten strangers’ days then encouraging others to pay it forward.

“The premise of the campaign is that everyone has the power to give back and make a positive impact in their community,” said Lacey Helmig, Youth Volunteer Corps’ Communications and Media Coordinator.  “There are many simple ways to make someone smile, such as paying for someone’s coffee, opening the door for someone, or just giving someone a compliment. The opportunities to get involved are endless.”

After accomplishing their act of kindness, “Give a Smile” participants are encouraged to get engaged on social media by share a photo of their biggest smile with a caption that urges others to give a smile as well.

“Among the many supporters who have already joined the Give a Smile campaign is our 23 member International Youth Advisory Board, comprised of youth volunteers from across the United States and Canada,” said Helmig. “I’m looking forward to seeing how youth from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to Calgary, Alberta, decide to give back and spread the joy of the holiday season.”

Those who are interested in joining Youth Volunteer Corps’ Giving Tuesday initiative can visit www.yvc.org/give-a-smile-on-givingtuesday to learn more about the many different ways to Give a Smile. For more details about the Giving Tuesday movement, visit www.givingtuesday.org.

Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC) is a nonprofit promoting a lifetime commitment to service among youth by providing quality service projects for young people. Since 1987, YVC has engaged more than 300,000 youth from diverse backgrounds in year-round service projects serving more than 4.5 million volunteer hours. Based in Kansas City, Mo., YVC has programs across the United States and Canada. Find more information at www.yvc.org.

For more information, contact:

Micaela Vaccaro
Marketing AmeriCorps VISTA
816-472-9822 x207

National Youth Volunteer Corps Summit Heads to Philadelphia

When: October 7-9, 2016

Where: Freire Charter Middle School

1026 Market St.

Philadelphia, PA 19107

Ann Arbor, Mich.

130 youth volunteers and adults from across the U.S. will arrive in Philadelphia at Freire Charter Middle School Oct. 7-9 for Youth Volunteer Corps’ (YVC) 2016 Summit “Life, Liberty, and Service”, to celebrate accomplishments and learn more about impacting their communities through service.

The iconic city was chosen as host for this event because of its many tourism attractions and strong local YVC program. YVC of Philadelphia launched in 2015 and has already engaged over 280 youth volunteers in 5,194 hours of service in the Philadelphia area. In 2016, YVC of Philadelphia was named Community Service Organization of the Year by the Delaware River City Corporation.

“We’re excited to be hosting the Summit this year,” said Greg Lynch, program director for YVC of Philadelphia. “We’ve been working hard to build this new program and inspire more Philly youth to get involved in volunteerism. Having the Summit here is a great opportunity to spread the word about our program.”

The service project at Cobb’s Creek in West Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon is a signature event.

“This is a unique opportunity for YVC youth volunteers from across the U.S. to complete a service project together,” said David Battey, president and founder of Youth Volunteer Corps. “They’ll work together to clean up the watershed while learning about issues of plastic pollution and the importance of protecting our waterways.”

The following are event highlights:

  • Service project at Cobb’s Creek (at 61st Street and Baltimore) Sat., Oct. 7 from 2-5 p.m.
  • Plenary with Jordan Thomas: Sat. Oct. 8 from 8:45-9:15 a.m. Jordan is a New Jersey youth who acted as a catalyst to change a state law to allow 16-17 year olds access to mental health services without parental consent.
  • YVC Awards Ceremony announcing youth volunteer awards and YVC Program of the Year: Sun., Oct. 9 from 12 p.m.-2 p.m.

Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC) is a nonprofit organization that creates meaningful volunteer opportunities for youth ages 11-18. YVC’s mission is to promote a lifetime commitment to service in youth by providing quality service projects. Since 1987, nearly 300,000 YVC youth from diverse backgrounds have volunteered more than 4.5 million hours serving their local communities. Based in Kansas City, YVC has 37 programs across the United States and Canada. Find more information at www.yvc.org.

For more information, contact:

Lacey Helmig
Communications and Media Coordinator
816-472-9822 x203

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