2016 YVC World-Changer Award Recipient: Kayla Russell


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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