Blog

Get Creative! Service Brings Joy and Gratitude

Get Creative! Service Brings Joy and Gratitude

Do you remember the day that you did something nice for someone, and their face lit up with joy and gratitude? When I joined YVC two summers ago, I experienced this many, many times. Through practicing altruism, I felt happiness like never before. I love feeling...

Building Bat Houses at Wildcat Glades Conservation Center

Building Bat Houses at Wildcat Glades Conservation Center

At one of my more recent YVC projects, I had the opportunity to volunteer at the Wildcat Glades Conservation Center. I started my day bright and early, sleeping in until a luxurious seven o’clock. To many, waking up at seven in the morning doesn’t sound like an ideal...

Letter to the Editor: Let Me Tell You a Story About Service

Letter to the Editor: Let Me Tell You a Story About Service

My name is Leah. I have been a YVC member for 4 years, and this is my story. I am currently a senior at Savannah High School. If all of the adults could pause here for a moment and think about what it was like to be a senior in high school. Breathe. Reflect. Smile a...

The Joy of Volunteering

The Joy of Volunteering

​Have you ever considered the joy volunteering can bring? You walk in the door with a smile on your face, you know it’s going to be a good day. They look up and see you as a similar smile starts to creep on their seasoned face. Though they don’t remember you from the...

YVC Summit Service Project

YVC Summit Service Project

Youth Volunteer Corps in Manhattan had the chance to attend this year’s 2019 Summit in Kansas City, Missouri. As we are certainly closer than many of the other YVC’s, it was definitely less of a hassle traveling-wise for us. The two hour drive got me thinking: what...

​12 Simple Fundraising Ideas

​12 Simple Fundraising Ideas

1. Trivia Night Put your supporters to the test with a trivia night! You can partner with a local restaurant or coffee shop. Not only will it be a great venue to host your event, but the restaurant might be willing to contribute a percentage of the night’s funds to...

Youth Volunteer Corps Celebrates Volunteers and Leaders at Summit 2019

Youth Volunteer Corps Celebrates Volunteers and Leaders at Summit 2019

​On Saturday, October 12, Youth Volunteer Corps celebrated the accomplishments of volunteers and leaders from across North America. This year, YVC’s annual Summit focused on mental health workshops, diversity and inclusion training, service opportunities, and network...

The Connection Between Courage and 50 Hours

The Connection Between Courage and 50 Hours

Adaptability, teamwork, communication skills-- these are all possible answers you may receive in response to the question, “What did you gain from your volunteer experience?” These answers are all valid. I've also gained these skills myself; however, my experience...

Five Reasons for Volunteering in High School

Five Reasons for Volunteering in High School

School is officially in session! Just because summer is over, doesn’t mean volunteering has to stop. Jonathan Hoepner, former member of YVC’s International Youth Advisory Board, shares five reasons for volunteering in high school. Five Reasons volunteering in high...

THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEAD

THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEAD

  I stumbled across the International Youth Advisory Board (IYAB) Application one day online when I was looking at the Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC) social media. That summer had been a summer of me saying yes to more things, so I figured, why not try out something...

Six Projects where Youth Rocked Summer Service

Six Projects where Youth Rocked Summer Service

Summer is a time for friends, family, AND service. It is an awesome opportunity to reconnect with people you care about and find new ways to make your community a better place. Here are six projects, from across North America, where youth made summer service a...

LEADERSHIP SNAPSHOT:

LEADERSHIP SNAPSHOT:

YOUTH SELECTED FOR YVC’S 2019-2020 INTERNATIONAL YOUTH ADVISORY BOARD (IYAB) Hello! My name is Martina Min and I am from Calgary, Canada. I am excited to be a Co-Chair on the International Youth Advisory Board (IYAB) this year! This is my fourth year serving on IYAB...

Boosting Your Resume with Volunteering

Boosting Your Resume with Volunteering

  Many people don’t think of volunteering as something to talk about with colleges or employers, but showing up to volunteer in your community tells a lot about your personality and can boost your resume! First, volunteering demonstrates a large amount of...

An Unlikely Beginning: Kickball and a Babydoll

An Unlikely Beginning: Kickball and a Babydoll

VOLUNTEER START A YVC DONATEAn Unlikely Beginning: Kickball and a BabydollLooking back, the stars aligned perfectly for me to begin my service with YVC when I was in 7th grade. My social studies class was having a debate with the topic “should volunteer hours be...

Why Do I Volunteer?

Why Do I Volunteer?

    With the flutter of senior year and college applications, I was forced to sit down and evaluate the last four years of my high school career. I really reflected on my activities, especially, my experience with Youth Volunteer Corps. Every time I thought...

Mental Health Benefits of Volunteering

Mental Health Benefits of Volunteering

  Although volunteering and philanthropy are generally directed towards the health of society rather than an individual, there are many personal benefits to helping those around you. On a personal level, I have found the...