When I founded Youth Volunteer Corps nearly 30 years ago, I never could have imagined where we are today. More than 300,000 youth have volunteered with YVC over the years in big cities, small towns and rural communities throughout North America.
Youth have visited the elderly, cleaned up parks, played with little kids and truly transformed communities. In the process, they’ve racked up a total of more than 4.5 million hours of service and been honored by mayors, governors and even presidents.
I’m in awe of everything that youth have accomplished, but I’m even more amazed when I think of all that they will accomplish in the years to come. When it seems that our nation is more divided than ever, YVC is more necessary than ever. YVC unites youth from all backgrounds with one goal: to make a difference.