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Five Things I 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.   ...

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...

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....

Building Awareness and Understanding: One Homeless Night

Building Awareness and Understanding: One Homeless Night

On a typical Friday night in November you might expect teenagers to be at a high school football game, playing video games, or passing time with friends, but for YVC youth in Kansas City, students prepare to spend an entire night out in the cold. YVCKC’s annual One...

Serve Small

Serve Small

  Often times, when I am talking about my volunteer work, people state “Oh, I wish I could do that, but I’m too busy” or “That would be a great group to be apart of, but I don’t think I have time.” The definition of community service is: voluntary work intended...

The Problem Still Exists: Hurricane Harvey Relief

  Natural disasters are often overlooked by those who were not directly affected by it. We may hear them on the media for a few weeks; but eventually, our media refocuses on more current events. The short attention span of our social/news media nowadays does not...

Before and After – Community Garden

Before and After – Community Garden

  One of the biggest things that initially made me unmotivated or unenthusiastic about volunteering with YVC was that I didn’t see the “endpoint” or “goal” of the work we were doing. Of course, it is incredibly satisfying to see something you worked hard on reach...

My Summit Experience

My Summit Experience

    When I first arrived at YVC summit I was greeted by some of the most energetic, positive people that I’ve ever met. The team leaders, adults, and all the volunteers were super welcoming and helpful. Summit embodied the true meaning of YVC perfectly and...

Alumni Spotlight: Sheliza Kassam

              Sheliza Kassam was a youth volunteer for the YVC program in Calgary, Alberta from 2009-2015. Sheliza is now a Drilling & Completions Engineering Intern at CNOOC Nexen Ltd, and she founded a charitable organization...

Direct Volunteering vs. Indirect Volunteering

Direct Volunteering vs. Indirect Volunteering

I have volunteered with YVC Philly since 2015 and in that time, I have learned quite a number of things. I  have grown as a person and a leader. I have grown more comfortable with myself and have gained a bit of confidence in public situations. Most importantly, I...

Volunteer Spotlight: Angelique Williams

Volunteer Spotlight: Angelique Williams

  Angelique Williams is a youth volunteer who began participating in the Youth Volunteer Corps program when she lived in Danbury, CT. After moving to South Carolina, Angelique sought out more volunteer opportunities and found YVC of Charleston.   What...

Projects Against Plastics: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

The Youth Advisory Board of the YVC of Alpena, Michigan, is bringing plastic to the forefront attention of our community. We have been heading a series of projects that bring a focus on a very real threat to our future: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The Great...

YVC to Me

YVC to Me

  To me, Youth Volunteer Corps is more than a nonprofit organization. YVC has served more as a home for me and a place I could grow and learn more about the needs of my community and the world. I am grateful I’ve served with YVC throughout all of middle school,...

Volunteering in Charleston, SC

Volunteering in Charleston, SC

  My name is Keory and I am an 8th grade student at Orange Grove Charter School. I joined YVC of Charleston in June 2016 and have volunteered a total of 74 hours since! My goal in volunteering is to enjoy giving back in service. I have attended two years of the...