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2016 YVC World-Changer Award Recipient: Kayla Russell

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At the YVC Summit each year, we honor youth who have volunteered at least 1,000 hours with YVC in their careers by presenting them with a World-Changer Award, the most prestigious youth milestone award.

Kayla Russell, Youth Volunteer from YVC of Muskogee, is the sole recipient for the World-Changer Award this year.

“Kayla personifies the spirit of service to others,” said Eileen Van Kirk, program director for YVC of Muskogee. “Through her volunteer service with YVC of Muskogee and her work with young children in her church’s youth group, Kayla has impacted many lives. She is a kind and caring young woman who truly has a heart for service.”

Kayla has volunteered a total of 1,038.75 hours with YVC of Muskogee. She is ranked sixth in terms of hours volunteered with YVC programs throughout the U.S. and Canada in the program’s 29-year history.

“She has been a YVC volunteer for over 6 years, during which time she made several international missions trips, bringing her many experiences back to share with us. Kayla plans to be an international aide nurse,” said Eileen. “I look forward to another year of YVC with Kayla and hope she will return as a Team Leader during the summers.”

Congratulations, Kayla, and thank you for devoting so many hours to making a difference with YVC!

Youth Milestone Awards were announced during the Award Ceremony at the YVC Summit. We’re celebrating the 2016 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, New Affiliate of the Year, AmeriCorps Member of the Year and stay tuned to meet the remaining Youth Milestone Award winners.

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2016 AmeriCorps Member of the Year: Brooke Mainville

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Congratulations to Brooke Mainville, the 2016 recipient of the AmeriCorps Member of the Year Award!

Brooke is currently serving her second term with Youth Volunteer Corps of Alpena, MI, hosted by the Boys and Girls Club of Alpena. Dozens of AmeriCorps members serve at YVC programs throughout the country, and Brooke was given this top honor.

Brooke has been an outstanding AmeriCorps member who sets the example of service for the youth at her local YVC along with AmeriCorps members throughout the country. She helped YVC of Alpena have one of their best years yet last year, with 409 youth serving 9,514 hours.

Brooke has set the example of service for both her fellow AmeriCorps members and the youth that she leads through her local YVC. It’s clear that she’s had quite an impact on her community!

Boys and Girls Club of Alpena’s Executive Director Brad Somers sent in a few words about the impact that Brooke has had: “We could not think of a better representative of the Boys and Girls Club and Youth Volunteer Corps program, and you deserve all the accolades that you get. You’re an amazing asset to our organization. You do great with the kids, you rally them together for a common purpose and get them to do great acts of selfless things here in our community. Thank you so much for all the things you’ve done for the Boys and Girls Club, Youth Volunteer Corps and the Alpena community.”

We are so grateful for Brooke’s service to YVC through AmeriCorps, and we look forward to seeing what she’ll accomplish through a lifetime of service!

The 2016 AmeriCorps Member of the Year was announced during the Award Ceremony at the YVC Summit. We’re celebrating the 2016 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, New Affiliate of the Year and stay tuned to meet this year’s Youth Milestone Award winners.

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2016 New Affiliate of the Year: Des Moines

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

Congratulations YVC of Des Moines for earning the 2016 New Affiliate of the Year Award! YVC of Des Moines, hosted by Community Youth Concepts got off to an incredible start with 61 youth serving 517 hours in their first year. YVC of Des Moines hosted 42 projects benefiting 11 local agencies last year.

YVC of Des Moines launched in part due to the support and passion of Bob Bush, a community volunteer who was inspired by YVC’s mission and determined to bring it to his community. He researched local organizations to see which might be a good fit to launch YVC, and he discovered that YVC was a perfect fit for Community Youth Concepts’ mission and goals.

Within the first year, YVC of Des Moines set a strong foundation based on quality service-learning and youth development and has already become a model for YVC programs everywhere to follow.
Congrats YVC of Des Moines!

The 2016 New Affiliate of the Year was announced during the Award Ceremony at the YVC Summit. We’re celebrating the 2016 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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2016 Project of the Year: YVC of Muskogee, OK

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Each year, youth serve on thousands of projects with Youth Volunteer Corps programs across the U.S. and Canada. This past year, a total of 4,050 different projects were completed through YVC! YVC Youth Volunteers serve their communities in a variety of ways – from projects at retirement homes to thrift stores and community gardens to river banks.

At the annual YVC Summit, we announce the Project of the Year Award to honor the most engaging of these service projects that integrates high-quality service-learning.

Congratulations to YVC of Muskogee, hosted by Muskogee Parks and Recreation, for the 2016 Project of the Year! They earned this honor for their project called “Animal Antics” that was done with the Parks and Recreation’s Bark Park, a community dog park.

We loved this project because it’s a great example of how service can truly be fun!

On Tuesdays and Thursdays this summer, youth walked and washed dogs at the animal shelter. On Mondays, they worked at the new Bark Park demonstrating and cleaning the equipment, passing out information on summer pet care, and giving away homemade dog biscuits. On Wednesdays, they had a table at the local Farmer’s Market with information on adoptable animals.

“It was wonderful how the community, agencies, individuals, and an energetic group of youth who love animals, worked together to make Animal Antics such a successful project,” said Eileen VanKirk, program director for YVC of Muskogee.

In addition to their Monday – Thursday project schedule, they collected cans and other donations for P.A.W.S (Promoting Animal Welfare Association) and Coins for Critters. Each week they visited a different local organization or individual who was actively involved in responsible pet ownership, including a vet’s office, an emergency center for injured animals and local pet stores.

“Our Youth Volunteers’ amazing energy and desire to do that ‘one more thing’ and talk to ‘one more group’ was so inspiring to me and the groups we worked with,” said Eileen. “I think the youth even surprised themselves at how much they accomplished.”

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. Everyone involved in Animal Antics learned a lot about pet adoption and ownership, and YVC of Muskogee has plans to incorporate elements of the project into their school-year program.

The 2016 Program Director of the Year was announced during the Award Ceremony at the YVC Summit. We’re celebrating the 2016 award winners this week on the blog. Read about this year’s Affiliate of the Year, Program Director of the Year, and stay tuned to meet this year’s AmeriCorps Member of the Year, New Affiliate of the Year and more.

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2016 YVC Program Director of the Year: Cindy Rose

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We are constantly finding inspiration in the amount of time, energy, and passion that Youth Volunteer Corps’ Program Directors pour into their local YVC programs. These committed adults cultivate atmospheres of support and enthusiasm for their Youth Volunteers and Team Leaders.

Each year, we are faced with the difficult decision of selecting just a single person to honor with the Program Director of the Year Award. Cindy Rose, Program Director of YVC of Cedar City, Utah, which is hosted by Five County Association of Governments, earned this top honor this year.

In the past program year, Cindy led 54 Youth Volunteers in completing a total of 3,425 hours of service. Aside from helping to coordinate 195 volunteer projects, she also invested her time in supervising projects, raising money, tracking data, overseeing Team Leaders, writing press releases and – above all – conveying warmth and attention to her Youth Volunteers.

“Through Cindy’s ongoing commitment, she communicates to her Team Leaders and Youth Volunteers that what they are doing to serve the community is truly making a difference,” said Tracy Hale, YVC Headquarters’ Chief Operating Officer. “The compassion that she shows to her youth, along with all of the hard work she puts in behind-the-scenes, leaves little room for doubt about her passion for this program.”

Congratulations, Cindy, and keep up the good work!

The 2016 Program Director of the Year was announced during the Award Ceremony at the YVC Summit. We’re celebrating the 2016 award winners this week on the blog. Read about this year’s Affiliate of the Year, and stay tuned to meet this year’s AmeriCorps Member of the Year, New Affiliate of the Year and more.

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2016 Affiliate of the Year: YVC of Newport News

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Congratulations to YVC of Newport News, the 2016 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 Newport News (Hampton Roads) was launched in 2009 as the very first independent YVC program. It has steadily grown since, deepening its roots in the Hampton Roads community and expanding its reach.

Last year, 428 youth served 9,050 hours with YVC of Newport News, making this their best year yet! They helped 30 local agencies on 122 different projects.

But the numbers only tell part of the story. Ask the 12-year-old Youth Volunteer who discovered that he loved volunteering, even if his parents made him serve on his first YVC project. Ask the mother who told us her daughter’s perspective changed when she worked at a food distribution center and learned to be grateful for what her family has. These stories and thousands of others tell the real impact that YVC of Newport News has on their community.

Thank you to the YVC of Newport News staff, including YVC board member and YVC of Newport News Executive Director Laurie Sepanski, and Youth Volunteers for your impact on your community!

The 2016 Affiliate of the Year was announced during the Award Ceremony at the YVC Summit. We’re celebrating the 2016 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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Congratulations Grow Your Impact Grantees!

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In 2014, YVC Headquarters granted $775 to our Affiliates. In 2015, we granted $2,100. This year, YVCHQ will give over $8,000 in direct grants! YVC is passionate about serving our Affiliates by helping them be responsive to the needs of their community and providing the resources needed to do so.

The Grow Your Impact grants represent YVCHQ’s largest grant-making effort to date. $4,500 was awarded to three incredible Affiliates who branched out to touch more lives and strengthened their roots, ensuring their programs would be part of their communities for years to come. $1,500 was available to Affiliates at any level and $2,500 was available to Gold Level Affiliates only. Learn more about the award-winning efforts of these Affiliates below:

Alpena, Michigan

Award: $500
Application Summary: YVC of Alpena focused on recruiting disadvantaged youth, aligning itself more closely with the mission statement of its host Boys and Girls Club of Alpena: “Enabling all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.” Youth Volunteers with YVC of Alpena stepped up to recruit those youth by hosting a Teen Night and bringing youth to serve at organizations such as the Foster Closet, Food Pantry, Children’s Closet and more. Through these efforts, YVC of Alpena more than doubled their number of disadvantaged Youth Volunteers, from 25 to 57.

Charleston, South Carolina

Award: $1,500
Application Summary: YVC of Charleston is a newer Affiliate that is setting the stage for success. In summer 2016, it hosted a four-week Summer Service-Learning Institute (SSLI). The SSLI was attended by rising 7th and 8th graders at the College of Charleston campus. High school YVC Youth Volunteers were invited to speak and lead leadership activities. The SSLI diversified YVC of Charleston’s program and Youth Volunteers served 337.5 volunteer hours over 16 days, partnered with 10 community organizations, and helped at 12 separate events. SSLI invited eight guest speakers and 12 different schools were represented.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Award: $2,500
Application Summary: YVC of Philadelphia built a healthy community of Youth Volunteers, schools and agencies that fell in love with service. YVC of Philadelphia prioritized youth voice, supported teachers and school staff, and developed long-term, mutually beneficial partnerships with community partners. In its first full program year, YVC of Philadelphia engaged 283 Youth Volunteers who contributed a total of 5,194 hours of service to the Philadelphia community and 59 Youth Volunteers served 30+ hours of service. YVC of Philadelphia increased school partnerships to 6 and agency partners from 12 to 26. Many Youth Volunteers at YVC of Philadelphia are first generation Americans, racial and religious minorities, LGBT, or otherwise marginalized; YVC of Philadelphia is truly a home for its Youth Volunteers.

Congratulations to YVC of Alpena, YVC of Charleston and YVC of Philadelphia!

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A Year of Impact

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In the last year, thousands of youth throughout North America have banded together and made a difference. They have cleaned up parks, read to younger kids, visited the elderly and more. Together, they’re changing the world.

Check out the impact that these inspiring Youth Volunteers have had in the last year with YVC:

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2016-2017 International Youth Advisory Board

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The 2015-2016 IYAB at last year’s Summit. The new term of IYAB will meet for the first time in-person at Summit 2016 in October.

Introducing the 2016-2017 International Youth Advisory Board! Thousands of youth serve with YVC each year, and these 23 youth represent each of them. They focus on providing input on all aspects of YVC programming on an international level while also bringing new ideas back to their local YVC programs.

The application process was very competitive this year, so we are excited to announce the following youth as the 2016-2017 International Youth Advisory Board:

  • Payton Beaumier – Sioux City, IA
  • Kailyn Brown – Charleston, SC
  • Sammie Buschman – Cedar City, UT
  • Katie Dotson – St. Joseph, MO
  • Ian Gimino – Corvallis, OR
  • Samantha Hamil – Muskogee, OK
  • Mason Jackson – Manhattan, KS
  • Laura Jarriel – Anderson, SC
  • Brandi Manning – Alpena, MI
  • Martina Min – Calgary, AB
  • Katie Nelson – Corvallis, OR
  • Korrine Nelson – Danbury, CT
  • Christian O’Neal – Alpena, MI
  • Kandace Peroramas – Calgary, AB
  • Elizabeth Potterf – Kansas City, MO
  • Zhaoying Qin – Des Moines, IA
  • Angelica Reyes-Garcias – Philadelphia, PA
  • Mila Serefko – Omaha, NE
  • Joana Shehu – Philadelphia, PA
  • Julia Slack – Kansas City, MO
  • Roman Vomacka – Calgary, AB
  • Alexandria Whitten – Baton Rouge, LA
  • Jenny Wu – Bay City, MI

Read more about each of these inspiring volunteers here.

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Meet Simone: YVC AmeriCorps Member of Spring 2016

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Over the years, hundreds of inspiring people have served as AmeriCorps members with Youth Volunteer Corps, enabling thousands of youth to discover the joy of serving. We want to recognize our current AmeriCorps members for the incredible work they’re doing every day, so we give out a quarterly award honoring an outstanding YVC AmeriCorps member each season.

Simone Guidry is serving as a half-time AmeriCorps member with YVC of Baton Rouge, LA, hosted by Capital Area United Way. She’s partnering with fellow AmeriCorps member Emerald Roney and together they’re leading YVC of Baton Rouge to its best year yet.

Meet Simone and hear about the impact she is having as a YVC AmeriCorps member:

What is your favorite part about your YVC AmeriCorps service?

YVC AmeriCorps has given me an opportunity to amplify my passion for service. I love teaching youth the importance of their time volunteering or sharing how we helped address a community need on a project with my family and friends. Service has always been a huge part of my life. Even from a young age, I held the belief that I had the ability to make a difference and that it was my duty to help those in need. AmeriCorps allows me to serve in a greater capacity than I was able to before.

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How have you grown from your YVC AmeriCorps service?

I have grown both professionally and personally as an AmeriCorps member. Working for Capital Area United Way and YVC has given me new exposure and insight. I have been able to enhance my understanding of the issues in my community, such as the underlying struggles of a working household or the down-the-line effect the lack of books in a low-income household might have on a developing child. If anything, serving on YVC projects has personally made me more grateful and acts as a constant reminder to stay grounded. Professionally, I have been able to enhance my network, work on communicating effectively, and learn the ins and outs of a nonprofit.

What are you most looking forward to in this year’s YVC summer program?

I recognized the potential we had as a program my first few days as an AmeriCorps Summer Team Leader last May. We were at a position of rebuilding our program after a stagnant year without a staff member. Over the past year, it has been a steady process, but I have seen tremendous growth in many aspects of our program. We are growing in number, we are growing in partner agencies, and we growing in retaining our volunteers. It’s just really wonderful to see momentum with our YVC.

We set a goal of serving 2,000 hours this summer, and I truly believe with this momentum we can reach those goals. We are serving with 18 agencies on over 68 projects. I feel that we’re now in stride with our potential. I am excited for the impact we will make this summer in the community of Baton Rouge.

Thank you, Simone, for your service to youth and the community! The world is a brighter place because of the impact you’re having.

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