youth volunteer corps





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The Ann Arbor YMCA’s Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC) is a youth-driven volunteer program for young people ages 11-17. YVC engages youth in service learning projects that are challenging, rewarding and educational to serve the needs of the community and promote a lifetime ethic of service. During the YVC’s history at the Ann Arbor YMCA, more than 1,800 youth have collaborated with over 100 non-profit agencies to provide over 100,000 hours of service to the Washtenaw County community.  The YVC school year program provides hands-on service learning projects for volunteers ages 11-17 with local non-profit agencies. Service projects are offered once or twice a month on either a weekend, on school vacation days or after school.

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What you get out of it:
Volunteering gives kids the opportunity to do something better for their community! Our hope is to empower youth to change things and to make a difference. In addition to being a positive influence in the world, while serving with the Ann Arbor YMCA Youth Volunteer Corps, participants will have the chance to:

  • Meet new people
  • Be challenged with new experiences
  • Fulfill service hour requirements for your school, for scholarships, or for faith-based organizations
  • Know that they are doing something meaningful
  • Gain new practical skills
  • Have fun!


Youth Volunteer Corps of Ann Arbor’s project serving at Growing Hope was  named the 2014 Project of the Year across the YVC network. YVC has 30 affiliates throughout  the U.S. and Canada, with more than 3,000 projects taking place each year, and only one  receives this top honor. The Project of the Year is a new award that was given out at the YVC  Summit in Kansas City October 12, 2-14.  Each week over the past summer, a group of ten local youth served with YVC of Ann Arbor at  Growing Hope. They planted seeds early in the summer, and by the end of the summer, they were able to harvest their produce. Volunteers also got to transfer the food to the local farmers market to sell, allowing them to see the entire process of where food comes from. Throughout the summer, this project allowed youth to learn new skills ranging from gardening to healthy eating. Youth were empowered to serve as advocates for healthy eating in their communities. “This project was popular among the youth since they were easily able to see how much their service accomplished,” said Abbey Davis, Teen and Volunteer Director of the Ann Arbor YMCA. “We’re grateful to Growing Hope for their eagerness to welcome our youth volunteers and look forward to working with them for years to come.” 



Before registering for a YVC program, these 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

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YVC is made possible through funds raised by the Ann Arbor YMCA's Annual Campaign.

Please contact Gretchen Mason, Youth Volunteer Corps Coordinator at 734.661.8017 or for more information about registering for YVC.

Does your agency have service opportunities for our youth volunteers? 
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