Youth Volunteer Post

Bilingual Brain

Bilingual Brain

In a world that is growing more connected than ever before due to advancing technology and social media, learning a second or even a third language is becoming increasingly important. While many of today's youth take middle and high school language classes, they often...

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 with...

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 volunteering I have done through YVC...

The Unbreakable Bonds of Service and Food

The Unbreakable Bonds of Service and Food

  “What should be the last song we should sing in the van before we leave for the airport?” asked Becca. I heard someone in the back rows suggest Uptown Funk. She instantly loaded the song up on her phone and we heard the signature intro play through the van’s...

Relationships Matter

Relationships Matter

  As a youth organization focused on service, we spend a lot of time talking about the great service projects youth do all over North America. They feed the hungry, help shelter animals, build wheelchair ramps, and so much more. However, along the way, they also...

My Summit Experience 2018: Friends, Fun & Learning

My Summit Experience 2018: Friends, Fun & Learning

This year’s Youth Volunteer Corps Summit held in Charleston, South Carolina was my very first Summit. My program in St. Louis is brand new and our program director recently moved. So, I was walking into my first Summit with no other volunteers and no program director....

Serve Small

Serve Small

  Often times, when I am talking about my volunteer work, people state “Oh, I wish I could do that, but I’m too busy” or “That would be a great group to be apart of, but I don’t think I have time.” The definition of community service is: voluntary work intended...

A Better Way: Tackling the Opioid Crisis head-on

A Better Way: Tackling the Opioid Crisis head-on

  In St. Joseph, Missouri, my YVC program is working to solve the problem of safe opioid and narcotic disposal. Many businesses and community members do not properly dispose of medications in a way that is safe for the environment and wildlife. The most common...

Seeing Your Impact in Real Time

Seeing Your Impact in Real Time

  In my opinion, YVC strikes a chord with me when I’m able to see, in real time, the effect that my service is making for the people that I’m helping. I love seeing others smile, and while I graciously accept the thanks, I’m more proud that I was able to provide...

The Second Sunday of Every Month

The Second Sunday of Every Month

International Youth Advisory Board member Mackenzie shares about her experience on the board and how it’s impacting her life.