Anybody Can Serve

MLK - Everybody can be great 1.16.14

Here at YVC, we love quoting Dr. Martin Luther King: “Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

That’s why we believe that every single youth needs the opportunity to make a difference in their community. Picture these Youth Volunteers:

  • Kansas City - MLK Day 2013 (18)_webThe 17-year-old balancing school, sports and family commitments has a hard time finding an extra hour in her schedule. She can squeeze volunteering into her busy schedule whenever it’s convenient for her since we don’t require that she sign up for a long-term commitment.
  • The 15-year-old struggling to keep his grades up, wondering if it’s even worth the battle or if he should just drop out. He can connect to a YVC project that makes learning fun and shows that the things he learns in school can actually be applicable to “real life.”
  • The 11-year-old just entering into the middle school world, overwhelmed by the cliques that have formed, separating her elementary school friends. She can serve on a project and meet new friends who don’t see the boundaries that cliques divide and respect her for who she is.

They can all be great. They can all serve.

Since this philosophy is woven so deeply into YVC’s model, Martin Luther King Day of Service is a special time for YVC programs throughout the U.S.

On Monday, hundreds of Youth Volunteers will choose to devote their day off of school to a day on for service.

How will you spend your MLK Day? Will you serve others? Will you be great?