Grow Your Impact Grants
Award: $500 Application Summary: YVC of Alpena focused on recruiting disadvantaged youth, aligning itself more closely with the mission statement of its host Boys and Girls Club of Alpena: “Enabling all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.” Youth Volunteers with YVC of Alpena stepped up to recruit those youth by hosting a Teen Night and bringing youth to serve at organizations such as the Foster Closet, Food Pantry, Children’s Closet and more. Through these efforts, YVC of Alpena more than doubled their number of disadvantaged Youth Volunteers, from 25 to 57.
Charleston, South Carolina
Award: $1,500 Application Summary: YVC of Charleston is a newer Affiliate that is setting the stage for success. In summer 2016, it hosted a four-week Summer Service-Learning Institute (SSLI). The SSLI was attended by rising 7th and 8th graders at the College of Charleston campus. High school YVC Youth Volunteers were invited to speak and lead leadership activities. The SSLI diversified YVC of Charleston’s program and Youth Volunteers served 337.5 volunteer hours over 16 days, partnered with 10 community organizations, and helped at 12 separate events. SSLI invited eight guest speakers and 12 different schools were represented.
Award: $2,500 Application Summary: YVC of Philadelphia built a healthy community of Youth Volunteers, schools and agencies that fell in love with service. YVC of Philadelphia prioritized youth voice, supported teachers and school staff, and developed long-term, mutually beneficial partnerships with community partners. In its first full program year, YVC of Philadelphia engaged 283 Youth Volunteers who contributed a total of 5,194 hours of service to the Philadelphia community and 59 Youth Volunteers served 30+ hours of service. YVC of Philadelphia increased school partnerships to 6 and agency partners from 12 to 26. Many Youth Volunteers at YVC of Philadelphia are first generation Americans, racial and religious minorities, LGBT, or otherwise marginalized; YVC of Philadelphia is truly a home for its Youth Volunteers.