Expanding Horizons Summer Program

Youth Volunteer Corps – Expanding Horizons Summer Program 2015

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The Ann Arbor YMCA’s Youth Volunteer Corps is a youth driven organization dedicated to serving the needs of the community, providing opportunities for youth to engage in meaningful service learning activities, promoting among young people and residents a greater understanding and appreciation for the diversity of their community, and promoting a lifelong ethic of volunteerism and commitment to social justice.

Expanding Horizons, YVC’s intensive summer program, provides week-long blocks of service learning projects throughout Washtenaw County and the surrounding area for teens aged 11-17. Expanding Horizons reinforces teamwork skills, appreciation for diversity, and civic responsibility.  

Teens travel together on foot or via public transportation or chartered bus to pre-arranged projects.  Depending on the project and agency involved, participants can spend anywhere from a few hours to a full week completing the service. Examples of agencies that YVC has served in the past include The Oaks, Natural Area Preserve, SOS Community Services, Hands on Museum and many more.   This summer, some projects may take place in Detroit.

Under the supervision of YVC adult team leaders, the participants learn beforehand about the mission of each individual agency they are to serve. The staff and teens discuss the goals of each project and establish work guidelines prior to project site arrival.  Each session is concluded with a reflection process, facilitated by a YMCA YVC Team Leader, who engage participants in meaningful group discussion and active appreciation. 

The YVC summer program runs Monday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Check in will begin at 8:45 a.m. at Bach Elementary, located at 600 W. Jefferson St, Ann Arbor, MI. Although all sessions will be based out of Ann Arbor and in order to accommodate those living in Ypsilanti, there will be a bus running from Estabrook Elementary, located at 1555 W. Cross Street, Ypsilanti, MI. The Y bus will be picking up YVC participants at 8:20 a.m. and departing promptly by 8:30 am to Bach Elementary. If you are interested in utilizing the Y bus service from Estabrook to Bach, please contact Abbey Davis at adavis@annarborymca.org or 734.661.8012, as there are limited spaces available. 

Steps toward your BEST SUMMER EVER:
1. Go online on February 11th to annarborymca.org ( you do not need to be a Y member to register)
3. Click SIGN INTO YOUR ACCOUNT above the view cart button.
3. Sign in/create an account for the person participating in the program
4. Search YVC, and select the YVC Summer Session you want to sign up for ( Sessions with Bus Transportation are reserved for Ypsilanti residents, call or email Abbey Davis or Gretchen Mason with further questions) 


YVC Session Dates:              Fee: 

Session 1 …. June 15-18         $75

Session 2 …. June 22-25         $75

Session 3 ….June 29-July 2    $75

Session 4 …. July 6-9              $75

Session 5 …. July 13-17          $75

Session 6 …. July 20-23          $75

Session 7 …. July 27-30          $75

Session 8 …. Aug 3-6               $75

Session 9 …. Aug 10-13           $75

Session 10 ... Aug 17-20          $75

Session 11 …Aug 24-27           $75

PLEASE NOTE! YVC Registration is available online beginning February 11, 2015.  While registering online is strongly preferred, a paper form may be downloaded here. Refund/transfer policy: Up to seven days before session start date: All funds are refundable and transferable to another session with availability. Within seven days of session start date: All funds are non-refundable, however transferable to another session with availability. !  

Hard copy registrations will be processed as they are received by our YVC coordinator.  This can be anywhere from an hour to, in the case of the weekend, a couple days.  We strongly recommend registering online so you do not miss out on the session you want as a result of the lag between receipt and processing.  Hard copy forms received prior to the start of registration will be held and processed on the 11th.  There is NO advantage to handing in a form early as it will be processed at our first opportunity on the 11th, not necessarily at 6:00 a.m.  If you have any questions, please contact Abbey Davis at (734)661-8017 or adavis@annarborymca.org.  Thank you!

Please note: before registering the following statements must be read and agreed to:
Photography and recoding permission: I hereby irrevocably release, consent and allow the Ann Arbor YMCA and its agents to use and reproduce any and all photographs or video footage taken of me or my dependent(s) for the Ann Arbor YMCA purposes.  I understand that I/my dependent(s) receive no reimbursement for allowing my photo to be taken for the use of the photo of video.

Liability statement:I understand that adult supervisors will accompany my child on all projects and activities. I also understand that projects of activities may involve the normal level of risk associated with meeting the needs of our community through working with local non-profits.  I agree to all liability and release the YMCA from any liability for the risk of injury, illness or death on account of my child’s presence in a YMCA facility or on account of my child’s involvement in the any activity organized by the YMCA whether caused by negligence of the YMCA or another person on the premises or at the sponsored activity 

Code of Conduct Policy is here