Alumni Network Advisory Board
Meet Youth Volunteer Corps’ 2017-2018 Alumni Network Advisory Board (ANAB)! ANAB is comprised of passionate alumni who act as a sounding board for YVC’s alumni affairs and help lead growth of the YVC Alumni Network nationwide. They are also testaments that YVC is achieving it’s mission to “inspire youth for a lifetime commitment to service”.
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2017-2018 Alumni Network Advisory Board
Alyssa Barrett - YVC of Western Connecticut
Alyssa is pursuing a Public Policy degree at New York University (NYU), where she works as an Eco-Rep at NYU to promote environmental literacy and sustainability on campus. Alyssa began volunteering with YVC of Western Connecticut in 10th grade and volunteered two years, including a term as president of YVC of WC’s Youth Advisory Board. Alyssa quickly realized YVC was the perfect place to merge her passion for serving others with her desire to learn more about her community and inspired her to pursue a degree in public service. Alyssa also served as an AmeriCorps member for YVC of WC and worked as an America Reads tutor in a NYC public school. She traveled to Nicaragua to teach English immersion and Morocco to study international volunteerism. Alyssa is proud to be a YVC Alum because it has shaped the way she sees the world and motivated her to continue serving the rest of her life.
Lauren Bernard - YVC of Kansas City, KS
Lauren is pursuing a degree in Public Health, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology at Johns Hopkins University, where she serves boards and committees for the Johns Hopkins’ Center for Social Concern, Students Consulting with Nonprofit Organizations, and Alpha Phi Omega. Volunteering with YVC taught her about interconnected social justice issues enabling her to become an active citizen and find her passions in civic engagement, experiential learning, and working in teams to make a change. Lauren co-founded a service club called L.E.O. (Leadership, Experience, Opportunity), as part of Lions Clubs International, the world’s largest service club, and later served on the Leo Club Program’s International Advisory Panel. She also participated in the Bank of America Student Leader’s Program with YVC of Kansas City. She was recognized in 2016 as the Young Philanthropist and Fundraiser of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Tessa Blair – YVC of Kansas City, KS
Tessa is pursuing a degree Child and Family Development with a minor in Psychology at the University of Central Missouri, where she serves as the Service Chair for Phi Sigma Pi, a national honor fraternity. She is bringing what she learned in YVC into this new position and wants to implement service learning, an essential component of the YVC program. She started volunteering with YVC of Kansas City in 9th grade. Through the Bank of America Student Leader Program and AmeriCorps, Tessa served as a student and team leader for YVC of Kansas City and interned at the YVC Headquarters office. This service helped her focus her career plans to include working with kids who are abused or homeless. She loves working with kids and wants to make an impact by dedicating her life to helping others.
Elena Blum – YVC of Topeka, KS
Elena is pursuing a degree in Human Services with a minor in Music at the University of Kansas. She currently works at the Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center as the Assistant Guest Service Manager at Topeka Collegiate School as the Extended Day Care Provider. She is outgoing and always eager to get involved in a new project. She credits YVC with bringing her out of her shell and helping her become the outgoing person she is today. Being a part of YVC revealed her passion for nonprofit organizations and taught her that in order to see a change in the world, you have to be the change.
Logan Heley – YVC of Kansas City, KS
Logan is the Food and Fund Drive Engagement Manager works at Harvesters in Kansas City. He began serving with YVC the summer before 6th grade and spent the next seven years as a Youth Volunteer, including two terms as co-chair of YVC's Youth Advisory Board. He is excited and proud to have graduated to the Alumni Advisory Board. Logan graduated in 2015 from the University of Southern California with dual degrees in Broadcast Journalism and History. YVC helped develop Logan's desire to make a career in public service. He is thrilled to be working at Harvesters (the location of a late-2000s YVC TV commercial in which Logan starred) helping them feed hungry people today and solve hunger tomorrow. Before joining Harvesters, Logan interned for the Obama White House Office of Communications and the Office of Congressman Emanuel Cleaver. In 2016 he was a candidate for the Kansas Senate.
Kaite Young-Kendall – YVC of Muskegon, MI
Kaite Young-Kendall is currently serving as an AmeriCorps at the Ann Arbor YMCA while working as a Preschool Educator at the University of Michigan's North Campus Children's Center. She began to volunteer with YVC at 12 years old at a summer camp for 6-26 year olds with cognitive impairments. Here she discovered her personal gifts working with vulnerable populations and continue to serve until she was 18 and hired as a staff member. Because of her work with YVC, she pursued a degree in Child Development with a minor in Youth Studies/Sociology. Kaite says, “YVC is the bedrock of all my work with children and families and my gratitude for the program extends eternally . . . Service has blossomed my life into what it is. YVC empowered me to recognize the pivotal role I play in community and social change. “