Youth Volunteers in Action

10 Virtual Service Projects Youth Can Do From Home

10 Virtual Service Projects Youth Can Do From Home

Stuck at home? Challenged with what to do? Looking to make an impact in your community and spread hope? Us too. As an organization focused on youth development and community service, we have been exploring ways to continue supporting community needs and exploring...

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...

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...

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...

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....

Volunteers honored as “Emerging Heroes”

Volunteers honored as “Emerging Heroes”

The United Way of Western Connecticut (UWWCT) hosted their 4th Annual Hometown Heroes Benefit Dinner on Saturday, December 2nd. This event celebrates those in the community who lead by example, give back to others and demonstrate a strong commitment to making an...

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...

“Giving back for everything I’ve received.”

“Giving back for everything I’ve received.”

                  Korrine Nelson of Danbury, Conn., identifies with the people she serves on a deeper level than most. Korrine knows hunger. She knows homelessness. She knows what it’s like to depend on the charity of...

YVC Day 2017: Throwback to 1987

YVC Day 2017: Throwback to 1987

On Saturday, March 4th, we celebrated YVC Day – youth from every single YVC program served “together” in their communities from South Carolina to Alberta (Canada).