It’s Summit Time!

We have sent our last reminder emails, the food is ordered, the reservations are final and all the deadlines are now in the past. The 25th Anniversary Summit is finally here, and we are as giddy as kids at Christmas awaiting your arrival!

We are taking this opportunity to share with you the one special thing each one of us is most excited about:



As it turns out (and lucky for us!) Darcy knows everyone in Kansas City. As we began planning this Summit, no matter the issue, no matter the topic, Darcy would say, “My friend so-and-so owns an amazing restaurant and she could …” So it was no surprise when she was asked what she was most looking forward to, that her answer was, “All the little extracurricular activities that folks get to do here in Kansas City. I love Kansas City and all the amazing people here doing incredibly interesting things. It is truly a thriving community.” And that will be apparent to all of you when you explore the city, taste all the amazing food and talk to Darcy about what recommendations she has for things to do.


Since Lacey started full-time as YVC’s Communications and Media Coordinator, we have completed a major branding initiative (including designing and printing numerous branding items), designed a new website, planned a nationwide 25th Anniversary Celebration of Service, moved our offices twice, hosted an open house attended by the Mayor of Kansas City and organized the Summit. Oh … and in the middle of all of that, Lacey planned her wedding and got married in Oregon in September! As you can imagine, Lacey is determined to enjoy herself this weekend, and we all support that goal. “We set up a hangout room, icebreaker games, a scavenger hunt, among other activities, so that we can all have plenty of time to get to know each other and have some fun,” said Lacey. “Look for me in the game room!”


Since Tracy arrived at YVC a little over a year ago, we have undergone some major changes! Thanks to her steady and capable leadership, we have accomplished some extraordinarily lofty goals, none more important than organizing this Summit. But if there is one thing you will learn about Tracy, it is that despite her focused determination, she insists on laughing and having a good time. Needless to say, the improv comedy show at Comedy City was her idea and it is also what she is most looking forward to. “We will be rolling up our sleeves and getting a lot of work done during this Summit and that is exciting, but I insist on having a good time,“ she said. “I have always had a blast at Comedy City and I can’t wait to share some laughs with all of our visitors.”


As Paul approaches his one-year anniversary as Affiliate Serves Coordinator, it is amazing to step back and recognize the monumental task he faced as he stepped into this new role. Fortunately his years as the Program Director of YVCKC, which is thriving in no small part due to his leadership, prepared him for the task at hand. His calm and steady presence has been a major part of our ability to make some major changes this year and not crumbling under the immensity of it all. This Summit is the culmination of a great deal of planning and effort on his part and he is looking forward to finally witnessing the fruits of his labor. “All of the workshops are going to be great, but I am really looking forward to the workshops that are being led by Directors, Team Leaders and Youth Volunteers,” said Paul. “Affiliate participation will be crucial for our growth, and my goal for this Summit is to get Affiliates excited and involved.”


Anyone who knows David knows that he is a people person. If you haven’t met David, you will this weekend! He loves to be in the middle of it all, and his enthusiasm and excitement for YVC’s mission is contagious. One of our most recent favorite “David Moments” here at the office is when YVCKC Team Leaders initiated a “How Far Can You Jump?” game, and there was David hurling himself across the office trying not to be outdone. We all could have predicted that what he is most looking forward to is participating in games and workshops and hearing from all of you. “One of the things I am really excited about is the formation of a National Youth Advisory Board,” says David. “I love having youth involved as much as possible, and the possibility of having youth from all over the country participating in our growth is everything I could have hoped for!”


We can’t wait to see all of the Youth Volunteers and YVC staff traveling across the country (and Canada!) to meet up in Kansas City! See you tomorrow!

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