Announcing Youth Volunteer Corps Day 2016
Did you know that there are more than 40 YVC affiliates across the U.S. and Canada? What about the fact that each one looks a bit different— varying in size, hosts, programs and types of projects?
For example, my local YVC, which is hosted by Youth Central in Calgary, Canada, is lucky to have thousands of volunteers, dozens of projects each week, and an online database to track hours. We partner with our mayor to have a Mayor’s Youth Council, and even run a blogging programme that allows youth to write about local events and youth issues to earn volunteer hours. However, while these things are what make YVC of Calgary unique, there’s also a commonality that is the same throughout all YVCs: the passion that inspires youth to come together to serve. It is this link that is also at the core of YVC Day.
Mark it on your calendar: on March 5th, 2016, hundreds of youth across the continent will be uniting for a day of service.
While it will look different for each affiliate, many youth are organising special projects and all of them are focused on the idea of “Project Happiness.” My local YVC began what we call “Get Happy projects” a few years ago, and now YVC Day will be taking that to a new level.
YVC of Kansas City will be placing “Acts of Kindness” tickets on cars to spread positivity and encourage people to share on social media to win a gift card. YVC of Calgary will be hosting a “Happiness Avenue” project—focusing on spreading happiness down a central walking street in Calgary. However, regardless of the way that youth will be spreading happiness this March, know that it’s not too late to get involved. Don’t hesitate to speak to your local YVC to see what they have planned!
Join in on social media with the hashtag #YVCday, and make sure you follow Youth Volunteer Corps on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to get an exclusive look at YVC Day festivities across the U.S. and Canada.