YVC Program Standards

-Conduct frequent, supervised, team-based service projects that address a variety of important community needs.

-Recruit youth ages 11-18 who represent the diversity of the program’s community.

-Assign a program director responsible for managing the program.

-Establish an integrated education and reflection process for participants.

-Provide leadership opportunities for Youth Volunteers.

-Use the trademark Youth Volunteer Corps name and logo prominently in close coordination with the name and logo of the YVC host.

-Provide no financial inducement for youth volunteer participation.

-Participate in the program evaluation process.

YVCHQ Hosted Sites

While a Youth Volunteer Corps program is traditionally hosted by a nonprofit organization such as a YMCA, United Way, or other youth-serving organization, Youth Volunteer Corps Headquarters (YVCHQ) also operates programming in communities regionally.



The staff at YVCHQ coordinates program planning and community outreach from Kansas City, while a local program director is hired to supervise youth on service projects. Together the team works with members of the community to ensure a successful and fun YVC experience that meets real community needs. In its inaugural year, YVCHQ launched programs in Kansas, Missouri, Michigan, and South Carolina. YVCHQ continues to evaluate community needs, expand youth opportunities,  and launch programs nationwide.

Like traditionally-hosted YVC affiliates, these programs create service-learning that is team based, diverse, flexible and structured while following the eight YVC Program Standards.

If you think your community might be right for this kind of YVC program, contact Sarah Miller

The initial programs were made possible through funding by the AmeriCorps VISTA program, the Dwane and Velma Wallace Foundation, Columbia Metro Rotary’s Reach Out program, Columbia’s Great Southern Bank, the Louis L and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation, Wichita’s Fidelity Bank, Topeka’s Capitol Federal, and the Sunderland Foundation.