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My Life with Youth Volunteer Corps

My Life with Youth Volunteer Corps

  Throughout my life I have always been a very service oriented person. I knew that I liked to help others and I wanted to do more. However when my mom signed me up for a summer session of Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC) six years ago, I had no idea what to expect or...

For the Love of Service

For the Love of Service

  Not long ago I was wearing a Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC) sweatshirt at school, and someone asked what it was. When I explained that YVC is a network of youth volunteers, the first thing he said was, “Why would you do work you don’t get paid for?” That’s a great...

The Unbreakable Bonds of Service and Food

The Unbreakable Bonds of Service and Food

  “What should be the last song we should sing in the van before we leave for the airport?” asked Becca. I heard someone in the back rows suggest Uptown Funk. She instantly loaded the song up on her phone and we heard the signature intro play through the van’s...

How Volunteering Gave Me a Voice

How Volunteering Gave Me a Voice

  I was just an average, mopey, sixth grader. I was involved in nothing special. I partook in no sports and I wasn’t engaged in any after school clubs. I just went to school, came home, did my homework, and went to bed. My life was boring and uneventful. Then,...

Congratulations!

Congratulations!

Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC) programs all over the U.S. and Canada are changing youth’s lives through volunteering every day. Some of these programs stand out as examples for the rest of the YVC network to follow in the way that their programs engage youth in service....

5 things I’ve Learned From Being a Program Director

5 things I’ve Learned From Being a Program Director

  1. Program Directors Should Have Fun Volunteering Too When I first applied for the job and interviewed, I didn’t initially think about the fact this could be FUN! I figured it would be a job with the weight of responsibility that comes from ensuring 10-15 kids...

Alumni Spotlight: Nathan Stahley

Alumni Spotlight: Nathan Stahley

Nathan Stahley was a team leader for the YVC program in Billings, Montana. He helped launch the program in 2008, and stayed with the program until 2012. We caught up with Nathan and asked him a few questions about how working with YVC youth shaped his life.  What is...

Hasta la VISTA!

Hasta la VISTA!

Jake and Sydney both started at Youth Volunteer Corps as AmeriCorps VISTAs in late November of 2017. As their terms end at YVC, they reflect on their time and how they’ve grown over the year. We have asked Jake and Sydney to share some of their thoughts and memories...

Relationships Matter

Relationships Matter

As a youth organization focused on service, we spend a lot of time talking about the great service projects youth do all over North America. They feed the hungry, help shelter animals, build wheelchair ramps, and so much more. However, along the way, they also build...

My Summit Experience 2018: Friends, Fun & Learning

My Summit Experience 2018: Friends, Fun & Learning

This year’s Youth Volunteer Corps Summit held in Charleston, South Carolina was my very first Summit. My program in St. Louis is brand new and our program director recently moved. So, I was walking into my first Summit with no other volunteers and no program director....