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, and especially high school. YVC has taught me many valuable life lessons that I will take with me wherever I go. I’ve learned how to become a better leader, how to serve my community and address the needs of my community, become more patient and appreciative, and countless more life lessons.

Throughout my time volunteering in high school, I’ve developed into a stronger leader and someone who has the power to change my community for the better. I’ve learned how important it is to have a voice and acknowledge issues my community and the world faces and how to work towards change. Without the help of YVC, I would not have become aware of how easy change is if I’m passionate and willing to put the work in to make an impact. Through YVC, I have developed into the best volunteer and leader I could be. I’ve learned how big of an impact YVC has on so many people, and with one step at a time we can all support and improve our communities together.

Although my time with YVC is coming to an end, I will always look back and reflect the impact YVC has made on my life. YVC has helped me see the effect my service has on the people that I am helping. I love putting a smile on peoples faces and providing them with help they did not have before. It takes as little as a few minutes to make someone’s day, and I am so grateful YVC has given me that opportunity.

I have learned so much about helping my community throughout my life. I have always enjoyed going out of school and seeing what the community is doing for others, and I have YVC to thank for that. I plan on continuing my service in the future and extend my hand even more, because this is our world and we have to preserve it for the generations to come. I have YVC to thank for so many memories and learning more about how I can serve my community anywhere I am!

 

This was taken during YVC Hampton Roads 2016 Summer of Service Camp. For one of the days, we went to the Gardens of Warwick Forest and did crafts and played BINGO with the residents!

 

 

 

This photo was taken during an ongoing project to make dog toys out of old t-shirts that would be donated to the SPCA!

 

YVC Hampton Roads made an appearance on the Hampton Roads Show on April 6th, 2018  to promote our Annual Canstructure Contest which takes place on Global Youth Service Day!

 

 

Maya Patel is an active volunteer with YVC of Hampton Roads

and serves on the YVC International Youth Advisory Board.

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