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3 Things I’ve Learned While Volunteering

3 Things I’ve Learned While Volunteering

In the Summer of 2016, my mom signed me up to volunteer through Youth Volunteer Corps Hampton Roads (YVCHR). At the time, I didn’t see the point in volunteering. The only thing I knew was that it was taking up my summer. It didn’t take long for my feelings about...

9 Ways to Make A Service Project More Accessible

9 Ways to Make A Service Project More Accessible

It is estimated that 1 in 4 people in the United States and 1 in 5 people in Canada have a disability. It is important for anyone working with groups of people to understand how they can create an accessible environment for participants with disabilities. One of the...

Five Reasons YVC’s Service-Learning Lessons Are For You

Five Reasons YVC’s Service-Learning Lessons Are For You

Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC) is delighted to present you with five reasons to download our service-learning lessons today. Backed by years of effective youth programming and evaluation, these lessons will not disappoint. We know teachers face many demands, let us save...

My YVC Service Journey

My YVC Service Journey

As I am writing this blog, I sit and think about how, in 6 years, YVC has become such a huge part of my life. Service, in general, has become a huge part of my life. And, I certainly did not expect to be a part of the International Youth Advisory Board (IYAB) one day....

Perspective From Inside the Class of 2021

Perspective From Inside the Class of 2021

I think that many of us did not anticipate a pandemic, or know that it would be so serious for such a long time. We have gained a lot of perspective over the last year. In March 2020, we headed home from school for what we were told was going to be a two-week break....

Celebrating Gold Level YVC Affiliates

Celebrating Gold Level YVC Affiliates

As a youth development organization focused on team-based service opportunities for youth ages 11-18, Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC) provides youth with critical job and leadership skills. Additionally, participants are exposed to a variety of careers and community...

Not Being The Protagonist

Not Being The Protagonist

In history class, we often hear about the giants of movements or the greatest of the greats. The people whose names are recognizable instantly, those who left huge footprints to fill in terms of changing the world. Even if we don’t think of them the same way, we also...

How I Speak Up

How I Speak Up

This past summer, even amidst the pandemic, I encountered a life-changing experience through a YVC project called “Community Conversations for Change (CCC).” This could not have come at a better time as our country was crying out, yearning for peace and justice for...

Lead by Example

Lead by Example

Do you want to know what makes YVC leadership special? They consistently make the choice to show up, elevate youth voice, and engage volunteers in service-learning activities. Youth volunteers are watching adult leadership and the example they set. Sometimes, we also...

A Mural of the Jericho Tutoring Center

A Mural of the Jericho Tutoring Center

There’s a mural that I catch glimpses of every time I look towards the classroom doors. Like sunlight piercing through a window at dawn. The bright, vernal colors illuminate the atmosphere of the tutoring center. This painting represents diversity itself; it is of a...

Full Stomach Full Heart

Full Stomach Full Heart

During the holiday season, we often spend time around large tables of food with friends and family. What we often don’t think about is how others might be doing. Food insecurity is a huge thing all around the world. Many people don’t understand what that really means...

Connecting While Distancing

Connecting While Distancing

In the past, the first day of school for me was full of traditions. I have memories of organizing my locker, walking down hallways, finding my classes and eating in the cafeteria. This year, of course, has come with its own set of challenges through Covid-19 that have...

The Power of an Introvert

The Power of an Introvert

Hi my name is Alison and I’m from YVC Anderson, SC! 2020 was second term with the International Youth Advisory Board (IYAB) and my 3rd year with Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC). Joining the YVC family was the best decision I ever made. When I felt like I had no one, YVC...

Grateful For Service

Grateful For Service

As we near this Thanksgiving season, I have reflected a lot on what kinds of things make me grateful. There is the obvious family, friends, beliefs, and major things to be grateful for. But, what about the little things that we don’t think about on a daily basis? I...

A Life-Long Legacy of Volunteering

A Life-Long Legacy of Volunteering

​As we journey ahead into the unpredictable future in these uncertain times, always remember it is truly a special, rewarding feeling to give our time to help others and how important it is to keep on giving. No matter how small the action, the gesture, it feels nice...

Youth Volunteer Corps Recognizes Network Accomplishments

Youth Volunteer Corps Recognizes Network Accomplishments

On October 16 & 17, 2020, the Youth Volunteer Corps network came together to learn and celebrate. This year, YVC’s annual Summit, a network-wide conference went virtual. The conference included a full day of workshops and networking, a youth podcast, and a YouTube...