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Youth Volunteer Corps Celebrates Volunteers and Leaders at Summit 2019

Youth Volunteer Corps Celebrates Volunteers and Leaders at Summit 2019

​On Saturday, October 12, Youth Volunteer Corps celebrated the accomplishments of volunteers and leaders from across North America. This year, YVC’s annual Summit focused on mental health workshops, diversity and inclusion training, service opportunities, and network...

The Connection Between Courage and 50 Hours

The Connection Between Courage and 50 Hours

Adaptability, teamwork, communication skills-- these are all possible answers you may receive in response to the question, “What did you gain from your volunteer experience?” These answers are all valid. I've also gained these skills myself; however, my experience...

Five Reasons for Volunteering in High School

Five Reasons for Volunteering in High School

School is officially in session! Just because summer is over, doesn’t mean volunteering has to stop. Jonathan Hoepner, former member of YVC’s International Youth Advisory Board, shares five reasons for volunteering in high school. Five Reasons volunteering in high...

THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEAD

THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEAD

  I stumbled across the International Youth Advisory Board (IYAB) Application one day online when I was looking at the Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC) social media. That summer had been a summer of me saying yes to more things, so I figured, why not try out something...

Six Projects where Youth Rocked Summer Service

Six Projects where Youth Rocked Summer Service

Summer is a time for friends, family, AND service. It is an awesome opportunity to reconnect with people you care about and find new ways to make your community a better place. Here are six projects, from across North America, where youth made summer service a...

LEADERSHIP SNAPSHOT:

LEADERSHIP SNAPSHOT:

YOUTH SELECTED FOR YVC’S 2019-2020 INTERNATIONAL YOUTH ADVISORY BOARD (IYAB) Hello! My name is Martina Min and I am from Calgary, Canada. I am excited to be a Co-Chair on the International Youth Advisory Board (IYAB) this year! This is my fourth year serving on IYAB...

Boosting Your Resume with Volunteering

Boosting Your Resume with Volunteering

    Many people don’t think of volunteering as something to talk about with colleges or employers, but showing up to volunteer in your community tells a lot about your personality and can boost your resume! First, volunteering demonstrates a large amount of...

An Unlikely Beginning: Kickball and a Babydoll

An Unlikely Beginning: Kickball and a Babydoll

An Unlikely Beginning: Kickball and a BabydollLooking back, the stars aligned perfectly for me to begin my service with YVC when I was in 7th grade. My social studies class was having a debate with the topic “should volunteer hours be required to graduate high...

Why Do I Volunteer?

Why Do I Volunteer?

    With the flutter of senior year and college applications, I was forced to sit down and evaluate the last four years of my high school career. I really reflected on my activities, especially, my experience with Youth Volunteer Corps. Every time I thought...

Mental Health Benefits of Volunteering

Mental Health Benefits of Volunteering

  Although volunteering and philanthropy are generally directed towards the health of society rather than an individual, there are many personal benefits to helping those around you. On a personal level, I have found the volunteering I have done through YVC...

Three Ways to Create Happiness

Three Ways to Create Happiness

    Finding happiness is a hot topic right now. Everywhere you look there is a new self-help book, television show, or presenter who wants to help people discover how to do this. That being said, the best ways of finding happiness are actually opportunities...

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 how...

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, one day I...

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....