YVC of Greater Kansas City – 2014 Affiliate of the Year

yvckc croppedCongratulations to YVC of Greater Kansas City, the 2014 Affiliate of the Year!

YVCKC - Summer 2014 (5)As the very first YVC program ever (launched in 1987), YVC of Greater Kansas City is still growing each year, with last year being its biggest year ever.

Last year 952 youth served 20,812 hours with YVC of Greater Kansas City. They helped 99 local agencies on 476 projects.

YVC of Greater Kansas City’s reach extends from the inner city to the suburbs, with youth from all over the metro area serving together on any given project. With three to five projects offered each weekend, five after-school projects offered during the week and 7-10 projects offered each week during the summer, there’s always something for youth to choose from.

YVC of Greater Kansas City also works to make sure that all youth get the chance to volunteer, even if it might be hard for them to get a ride to projects. They launched the In-School program to bring volunteering directly to these youth.

Wyandotte HS bikes_lighterThis school year, YVC of Greater Kansas City has nearly a dozen In-School projects in urban and suburban school districts where they bring service-learning lessons and projects directly to the youth in their schools. Some of these programs even allow youth to earn school credit for a service-learning class.

Last spring six Kansas City, KS, high school students involved in the In-School program at Wyandotte High School volunteered at a local nonprofit helping to repair bikes. They didn’t know anything about bike repair before volunteering, but they were trained and now have the skills to repair bikes on their own. Not only that, but after completing 10 hours of service repairing bikes, they each got to take home a bike for themselves! Now they have their own set of wheels to help them get to YVC projects! Read more about that unique project here.

YVC of Greater Kansas City is also the proud home to the record-holder for the most hours ever served with YVC. Audrey Simmons graduated out of YVC a couple years ago, but no one across the U.S. or Canada has surpassed her record yet. Meet Audrey and hear her story with YVC of Greater Kansas City here:

Congrats again, YVC of Greater Kansas City, for the Affiliate of the Year honor. We can’t wait to see all that youth in Kansas City will accomplish this year!

Meet the other award winners announced during the award ceremony at the YVC Summit: Program Director of the Year, Project of the Year and Milestone Awards.