Summer 2014: Service, Sun and Social Media

#YVCSUMMER Photo Contest

Miles of nature trails mulched. Hundreds of dogs walked at animal shelters. Countless smiles on retirement home residents and kids at low-income daycare centers.

This summer, thousands of youth chose to make a difference in their communities, and their communities aren’t quite the same because of it.

Food banks were able to distribute more food, new community gardens are supplying fresh produce for needy neighbors, and city parks are cleaner. These youth have changed their piece of the world.

All summer we’ve heard incredible stories of youth making a difference in their communities through YVC. This summer we’ve also been following along on social media to see what Youth Volunteers were up to everywhere from New Mexico to Connecticut.

Now that most YVC summer programs have wrapped up, we’ve looked over all of the amazing photos posted online this summer using the hashtag #YVCsummer and were floored by all the great things Youth Volunteers were up to this summer!

We saw photos of Youth Volunteers serving on YVC projects with everything from Civil War reenactment actors to elephants. With hundreds of photos to pick from, it was quite the challenge narrowing it down to two winners!

After much deliberation, below are the two winners of the #YVCsummer Photo Contest:

Western Connecticut - Summer 2014 - 2nd place contest

2nd place – $25: YVC of Western Connecticut (@yvcofwc on Instagram): “BRING ON THE RAIN #yvcsummer #yvcofwc #prattnaturecenter”

Corvallis beach cleanup 7.18.14

1st Place – $50: YVC of Corvallis, hosted by Corvallis Parks and Recreation (@CorvParksRec on Twitter): “Corvallis Parks and Recreation’s YVC cleaned up Beverly Beach today! #YVCSummer”

Thanks to everyone who kept the conversation going online using #YVCsummer these last few months!