While a Youth Volunteer Corps program is traditionally hosted by a local nonprofit organization such as a YMCA, United Way, or another youth-serving organization, Youth Volunteer Corps headquarters also operates programming in communities regionally.
These programs are specifically focused on high-quality summer service, especially in year one. While these programs often begin as summer-only, they are perfect pilots for communities wishing to test the YVC model before becoming a year-round affiliate. A Program Director is hired by YVC locally to plan service programming in the summer months and works with members of the community to ensure a successful and fun YVC summer.
Like traditionally-hosted YVC affiliates, these programs create service-learning that is team based, diverse, flexible and structured while following the eight YVC Program Standards:
- Conduct frequent, supervised, team-based service projects that address a variety of important community needs.
- Recruit youth ages 11-18 who represent the diversity of the program’s community.
- Assign a Program Director responsible for managing the program.
- Establish an integrated education and reflection process for participants.
- Provide leadership opportunities for Youth Volunteers.
- Use the trademark Youth Volunteer Corps name and logo prominently in close coordination with the name and logo of the YVC host.
- Provide no financial inducement for Youth Volunteer participation.
- Participate in the YVC program evaluation process.