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Why I Volunteer

Why I Volunteer

I once stumbled upon a quote that has resonated with me for many years, “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart,” by Elizabeth Andrew. Sometimes with a busy schedule with school, work, and other extracurricular activities, it can be...

Mental Health Awareness

Mental Health Awareness

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Over the last few months, many of us have spent extra time indoors and with family. Being with family 24/7, having limited opportunities to socialize, sudden changes to daily schedules, and less personal time (and personal space)...

2020 Don and Jean Sloan Youth Service Scholarship Recipient: QINLAN

2020 Don and Jean Sloan Youth Service Scholarship Recipient: QINLAN

Qinlan, from YVC in Philadelphia, has inspired us all though her actions. She was recently awarded the Don and Jean Sloan Youth Service Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded through Youth Volunteer Corps Headquarters. The $1,000 scholarship is open to active YVC...

Youth Finding Purpose in Quarantine

Youth Finding Purpose in Quarantine

Hi! I’m Alison, YVC volunteer and member of YVC's International Youth Advisory Board, and I want to take the time to talk about what we as youth can do during this quarantine for our communities. Let’s start with one of the easiest to do. Check up on your elderly...

The Struggle: Missing Motivation

The Struggle: Missing Motivation

​Have you sat there, leaned back on your desk chair just counting away at the bumps on your ceiling? Why are you doing that? You have things that you need to finish. Believe me, this is a question I have asked myself way too many times. I remember back in my junior...

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...

Volunteering Increased My Understanding of Community Needs

Volunteering Increased My Understanding of Community Needs

​Volunteering has helped me become truly involved as a part of my community. Through Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC) I have become more involved in a variety of community organizations that range from helping from the environment to helping people in need. Being able to...

Connection Is a Powerful Tool

Connection Is a Powerful Tool

​Have you ever felt isolated and like you didn’t belong? If you have felt like this or know someone who has, then you know that it can make you feel down, change your mindset, and change your personality. Many people with special needs can feel like this. At times...

Cultural Competency: Building Bridges in a Divided World

Cultural Competency: Building Bridges in a Divided World

​Join me for a conversation! Let’s talk about cultural competency. The world feels more divided than ever. People can seem so different. What is different can feel threatening. When we’re threatened, it’s harder to connect and feel a sense of belonging. How can we...

How to Write a Grant Proposal that Impresses

How to Write a Grant Proposal that Impresses

Last December, my YVC affiliate (Charleston, SC) was one of the 3 recipients of the annual youth grant sponsored by YVCHQ. This year, the Green Globe Grant was awarded to applicants who presented an original and thorough idea for an environmentally-focused service...

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...