2017 Project of the Year


Youth Volunteer Corps of Des Moines’ service project was named the 2017 Project of the Year across the YVC network. YVC has more than 30 affiliates throughout the U.S. and Canada, with over 4,000 projects taking place each year, and only one receives this top honor. The Project of the Year was awarded at the YVC Summit in Kansas City, MO., on Oct. 28.

This project, entitled “Winter Essentials”, was awarded the honor because of demonstration of several standards of high-quality service-learning including youth voice, partnerships, intensity, meaningful service, and reflection.

Youth volunteers recognized homelessness as an issue within Des Moines and decided to serve by putting together a total of 30 backpacks full of personal items and toiletries to deliver to people experiencing homelessness. Each pack also included a handmade blanket, hat and scarf. YVC of Des Moines also worked with seven other community support organizations to gather supplies.

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.

Congratulations to YVC of Des Moines!