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YVC Launches in St. Louis, MO

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Join us in welcoming St. Louis to the Youth Volunteer Corps family! YVC of ST. Louis is hosted by Mid County YMCA. We’re excited to see our network of affiliates continue to grow are expecting big things from YVC of St. Louis as they begin their program.

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YVC Launches in Fargo, ND

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Join us in welcoming Fargo to the Youth Volunteer Corps family! YVC of Fargo is hosted by Family Wellness Fargo. We’re excited to see our network of affiliates continue to grow are expecting big things from YVC of Fargo as they begin their program.

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2017 One YVC Award

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This year, three YVC affiliates, YVC of Reading, YVC of Philadelphia and YVC of Hampton Roads, took it upon themselves to create and execute a regional service project that exemplified the values of diversity and teamwork as they served nonprofit organizations in Reading and Philadelphia, Penn. In recognition of their initiative, YVCHQ has awarded each affiliate with the One YVC Award.

The weekend of service, September 22-23, was the result of nine months of planning, countless phone calls and meetings and the commitment and passion of four incredible YVC program staff.

 

On Friday, these affiliates tackled literacy-focused service projects by constructing Little Free Libraries, organizing a “reading carnival” and collecting and distributing backpacks full of books. On Saturday, YVC youth from all 3 affiliates participated in a Peace Day project, contributing their favorite inspirational quote to a combined piece of artwork (the “thumbprint” of YVC Service), which will be made into a poster and will be sent to each affiliate.

 

Congratulations and thank you to YVC of Philadelphia, Hampton Roads and Reading!

2017 New Affiliate of the Year

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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 during the previous year that got off to an especially strong start.

Congratulations YVC of Reading for earning the 2017 New Affiliate of the Year Award! YVC of Reading, hosted by VOiCEup Berks got off to an incredible start with 221 youth serving 1186hours in their first year. YVC of Reading hosted 63 projects benefiting 21 local agencies last year.

This program’s commitment to excellence elevates the quality of the entire YVC network. The leadership of the host organization are lifelong volunteers themselves and their ability to mine their personal networks for resources and support has set the stage for long-lasting success.

Congratulations to YVC of Reading! We cannot wait to celebrate with your program as you continue to grow and serve your community.

The 2017 New Affiliate of the Year was announced during the Award Ceremony at the YVC Summit. We’re celebrating the 2017 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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2017 Program Director of the Year

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Youth Volunteer Corps of Charleston’s Program Director, Jennifer Gorham, was named Program Director of the Year by the Youth Volunteer at this years YVC Summit.

Jennifer started the program in the fall of 2015 as part of the City of Charleston Mayor’s Office for Children, Youth and Families to provide Charleston youth with opportunities to serve their community and learn about the issues that matter to them.

The program engages youth from the Charleston region, and to date, 149 youth have participated in the program, and have completed 1387.9 volunteer hours serving their community.  Examples of projects include the Lowcountry Blessing Box, which was built by youth and is stocked consistently with non-perishable items that citizens living on Charleston’s Eastside can take as needed; and Ronald McDonald House, where youth have volunteered several times by donating meal items and making dinner for residents staying in the house while their children receive necessary treatments at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Jennifer created a Summer Service-Learning Institute (SSLI) for middle school students that provide four weeks of intensive service-learning volunteer experiences during the summer months.  During the SSLI, students learn about a community issue, and engage in up to four projects each week related to the community issue.  Weekly themes have included Childhood Obesity, Environmental Challenges, and several Wild Card weeks.

“Jennifer has done an incredible job of creating and embedding the Youth Volunteer Corps of Charleston program in the community,” said Mindy Sturm, Director of the Mayor’s Office for Children, Youth and Families. “She is dedicated, motivated, and understands the value of service.  She truly is a servant leader for Charleston youth.”

Congratulations to Jennifer Gorham and YVC of Charleston!

2017 Project of the Year

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Youth Volunteer Corps of Des Moines’ service project was named the 2017 Project of the Year across the YVC network. YVC has more than 30 affiliates throughout the U.S. and Canada, with over 4,000 projects taking place each year, and only one receives this top honor. The Project of the Year was awarded at the YVC Summit in Kansas City, MO., on Oct. 28.

This project, entitled “Winter Essentials”, was awarded the honor because of demonstration of several standards of high-quality service-learning including youth voice, partnerships, intensity, meaningful service, and reflection.

Youth volunteers recognized homelessness as an issue within Des Moines and decided to serve by putting together a total of 30 backpacks full of personal items and toiletries to deliver to people experiencing homelessness. Each pack also included a handmade blanket, hat and scarf. YVC of Des Moines also worked with seven other community support organizations to gather supplies.

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.

Congratulations to YVC of Des Moines!

2017 YVC Affiliate of the Year

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Congratulations to YVC of Danbury, the 2017 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 Danbury launched in 2009 and since then it has steadily grown, deepening its roots in the Danbury community and expanding its reach throughout Connecticut. They were awarded gold-level status in the 2014-2015 program year and have upheld that standard as a banner program in the YVC network since.

Last year, 143 youth served 2,627 hours with YVC of Danbury. They helped 21 local agencies on 127 different projects.

Commitment to YVC is evident at every level of the organization. A youth representative from Danbury has served on YVC’s International Youth Advisory Board since the group was established. Program staff routinely remark they observe youth mature during their time in the program, making deep connections to one another as they serve together.

Youth voice and youth leadership take center-stage. The name of each youth volunteer is listed in their annual report.

Despite a change in funding, senior leadership at this host organization sought creative solutions to keep their YVC program staffed and funded as they continued to integrate YVC with their overall strategic priorities.

Thank you to the YVC of Danbury staff and youth volunteers for your impact on your community!

The 2017 Affiliate of the Year was announced during the Award Ceremony at the YVC Summit. We’re celebrating the 2017 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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2017 Summit Milestone Awards

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Congratulations to the recipients of the 2017 Milestone Awards! 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 2017, we gave out 187 100-in-1 Awards, 18 Ethic of Service Awards and 3 World-Changer Awards. Below is the list of incredible youth making huge differences in their communities:

World-Changer Award Recipient:

Rose Jasman – Alpena, MI
Samantha Hamil – Muskogee, OK
Jessica Vu – Calgary, AB

Ethic of Service Award Recipients:

Abdulrahman Ayad – Kansas City, KS
Pawan Bath – Calgary, AB
Audra Beeson – Muskogee, OK
Sammie Buschman – Cedar City, UT
Calla Ha – Calgary, AB
Ellys Ilagan – Calgary, AB
Ronica Li – Calgary, AB
Raisa Mahmud – Calgary, AB
Shaira Mae Oidi – Calgary, AB
Elizabeth Potterf – Kansas City, KS
Audrey Simmons – Kansas City, KS
Thomas Tong – Kansas City, KS
Emilee Walters – Muskogee, OK
Alexandria Whitten – Baton Rouge, LA
Wyatt Wilson – Muskogee, OK

100-in-1 Award Recipients:

Solomon Addison – Baton Rouge, LA
Connor Altman – Kansas City, KS
Jonathan Amato – Kansas City, KS
John Tyler Anderson – Hampton Roads, VA
Thomas Andrews – Kansas City, KS
Turner Andrews – Kansas City, KS
Lily Arens – Kansas City, KS
Abdulrahman Ayad – Kansas City, KS
Mimi Barnett – Corvallis, OR
Ezra Barnhizer – Kansas City, KS
Pawan Bath – Calgary, AB
Erika Bears – St. Joseph, MO
Audra Beeson – Muskogee, OK
Seryna Bergstrom – Muskogee, OK
Miranda Blosch – Muskogee, OK
Alexus Blosch – Muskogee, OK
Alyssa Bly – Kansas City, KS
Sophie Bond – Kansas City, KS
Sarvpreet Brar – Calgary, AB
Brandon Briggs – Alpena, MI
Brett Budnik – Alpena, MI
Eryn Bugbee – Calgary, AB
Sammie Buschman – Cedar City, UT
Dustyn Buschman – Cedar City, UT
Kim Carmona – Calgary, AB
Harrison Castillo – Kansas City, KS
Cici Chen – Calgary, AB
Celine Chen – Calgary, AB
Harry Chen – Calgary, AB
Jay Chenh – Philadelphia, PA
Divyashree Chockalingam – Calgary, AB
Joan Chu – Calgary, AB
Janelle Cook – Alpena, MI
Leah Craig – St. Joseph, MO
Gavin Dan – Calgary, AB
Samuel Daniels – Muskogee, OK
Asten DeJarnette – Kansas City, KS
Aditi Dhawan – Calgary, AB
Serana DiMarzo – Calgary, AB
Faith Dryer – St. Joseph, MO
Mya Eitel – Kansas City, KS
Hazel Eway – Calgary, AB
Zab Fernandez – Muskogee, OK
Litsy Fernandez – Muskogee, OK
Charles Fraga – Kansas City, KS
Alana Freeman – Kansas City, KS
Laura Frost – Kansas City, KS
Manmeet Gill – Calgary, AB
Serena Gilmore – Anderson, SC
Drew Gilworth – Kansas City, KS
Joaquin Gingerich – Kansas City, KS
Nikoo Givehchian – Calgary, AB
James Glaseman – Calgary, AB
Kelsey Grimshaw – Cedar City, AB
Steven Gu – Calgary, AB
Ajay Guduputi – Kansas City, KS
Maria Guerra – Calgary, AB
Lucas Guevara – Ann Arbor, MI
Catherine Guo – Calgary, AB
Calla Ha – Calgary, AB
Matthew Halaj – Corvallis, OR
Channing Hall – Baton Rouge, LA
Samantha Hamil – Muskogee, OK
Amy Han – Calgary, AB
Lauren Harper – Kansas City, KS
Kennedy Harris – Muskogee, OK
Brittany Hermawan – Calgary, AB
Grace Hiseley – Muskogee, OK
Virginia Hoaglin – Corvallis, OR
Isabella Holman – Kansas City, KS
Jessica Hovermale – Corvallis, OR
Malorie Hunt – Cedar City, UT
Vivian Huynh – Calgary, AB
Ellys Ilagan – Calgary, AB
Laura Jarriel – Anderson, SC
Rose Jasman – Alpena, MI
Jessica Jiang – Philadelphia, PA
Sophia Jin – Calgary, AB
Lucy Joe – Calgary, AB
Luke Joe – Calgary, AB
Samantha Joh – Corvallis, OR
Imeri Johnson – Baton Rouge, LA
Emma Kobelsky – Calgary, AB
Vincent Kong – Philadelphia, PA
Ellie Layne – Kansas City, KS
Josh Lee – Calgary, AB
Kristen Lefort – Cedar City, UT
Maya Lektser – Calgary, AB
Ronica Li – Calgary, AB
Jenny Li – Calgary, AB
Jasmine Lowell – Alpena, MI
Claude Lu – Calgary, AB
Xander Maestri – Corvallis, Or
Raisa Mahmud – Calgary, AB
Francesca Mau – Hampton Roads, VA
Rachel Mazalo – Calgary, AB
Troy McClendon – Kansas City, KS
Adam McClendon – Kansas City, KS
Reid McEvoy – Kansas City, KS
Patton Meacham – Kansas City, KS
Anmol Mehrotra – Baton Rouge, LA
Christian Mikos – Kansas City, KS
Rina Mikos – Kansas City, KS
Martina Min – Calgary, AB
Aviral Misra – Kansas City, KS
Alex Nelson – Corvallis, OR
Rina Ng – Calgary, AB
Heather Ngo – Calgary, AB
Khoa Pham Nguyen – Calgary, AB
Joseph Niccoli – Kansas City, KS
Shaira Mae Oidi – Calgary, AB
Melody Oidi – Calgary, AB
Christian O’Neal – Alpena, MI
Landon Osipik – Kansas City, KS
Neil-Erine – Palmaria Calgary, AB
Zane Pamplin – Muskogee, OK
Samuel Parish – Muskogee, OK
Julian Pearson – Corvallis, OR
Richard Peng – Calgary, AB
Rachael Peng – Calgary, AB
Constance Penland – Kansas City, KS
Denisse Perez – Calgary, AB
William Peterson – Corvallis, OR
Ciaran Plant – Calgary, AB
Alana Poland – Kansas City, KS
Elizabeth Potterf – Kansas City, KS
Angela Qian – Calgary, AB
Noah Radford – Kansas City, KS
Erick Rangel – Cedar City, UT
Adam Rasmussen – Alpena, MI
Shreya Ratra – Calgary, AB
Antoinette Reyes – Calgary, AB
Kayton Reynolds – St. Joseph, MO
Paula-Ann Robertson – Hampton Roads, VA
Valencia Rodrigues – Muskogee, OK
Alex Rogers – Kansas City, KS
Luke Rogers – Kansas City, KS
Halle Romine – Cedar City, UT
Carrie Rong – Calgary, AB
Godwin Saure – Calgary, AB
Malaika Sethi – Calgary, AB
Madina Shaykhutdinova – Calgary, AB
Ayesha Sheikh – Calgary, AB
Amna Sheikh – Calgary, AB
Jane Shen – Calgary, AB
Lisa Shin – Calgary, AB
Olga Shtepa – Calgary, AB
Nick Simon – Kansas City, KS
Jugrag Singh – Calgary, AB
Julia Slack – Kansas City, KS
Kaitlyn Smith – Alpena, MI
Ashlynn Stoddard – Muskogee, OK
Rithvik Tadakamalla – Kansas City, KS
Tavionn Taylor – Philadelphia, PA
Tania Teterkina – Calgary, AB
Jason Thai – Calgary, AB
Sartaj Tiwana – Calgary, AB
Tracey Tubbs – Kansas City, KS
Dakota VanGordon – Muskogee, OK
Aneesh Vasamreddy – Kansas City, KS
Thanusha Veeraperumal – Calgary, AB
Althea Velasco – Calgary, AB
Oriana Velasco – Calgary, AB
Sahithi Vemulapalli – Calgary, AB
Roman Vomacka – Calgary, AB
Jessica Vu – Calgary, AB
Emilee Walters – Muskogee, OK
Leo Wang – Calgary, AB
Jenny Wang – Calgary, AB
Tom Wang – Calgary, AB
Emily Webb – St. Joseph, MO
Ryan Welp – Kansas City, KS
Madisen Werner – Cedar City, UT
Alexandria Whitten – Baton Rouge, LA
Dominique Williams – Baton Rouge, LA
Kaci Wilson – Baton Rouge, LA
Benjamin Wright – Kansas City, KS
Lucas Wright – Kansas City, KS
Sophia Wu – Calgary, AB
Jeffrey Yang – Philadelphia, PA
Marcella Yates – Kansas City, KS
Owen Yates – Kansas City, KS
Anika Zaman – Calgary, AB
Angela Zhang – Calgary, AB
Rosie Zhao – Calgary, AB
Luo Lin Zhao – Calgary, AB
Winnie Zheng – Philadelphia, PA

 

Congratulations to these all-star youth volunteers!

The Milestone Awards were announced during the Award Ceremony at the YVC Summit. We’re celebrating the 2017 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 New Affiliate of the Year.

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YVC Launches in Queens

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Join us in welcoming Queens to the Youth Volunteer Corps family! YVC of Queens is hosted by Greater Ridgewood Youth Council. We’re excited to see our network of affiliates continue to grow on the east coast and are expecting big things from YVC of Queens once they begin their program in New York City.

YVC of Queens is still in the planning stages of programming but will begin volunteer projects soon.

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Announcing the Winners of the 2017 Alumni Story Contest

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We had some great submissions to the 2017 Alumni Story Contest and we’re excited to finally announce the winners and share them with you. However, before we get to the winners, we want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who submitted their stories. Youth Volunteer Corps depends on excited and driven people like you who continue to support youth service programs in your community.

Now, to the winners.

First place goes to Keeley Naughton, an AmeriCorps member alumna from YVC of Corvallis. Naughton served with YVC of Corvallis from 2014 to 2015.

Second place is awarded to Ariel Green, a youth volunteer alumna for Baton Rouge. Green served with YVC of Baton Rouge from 2012 to 2013.

Please click the links above and read all about how YVC changed the lives of this Alumni and inspired them for a lifetime commitment to service.

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