In-Person Service-Learning Projects YVC offers small-group in-person service-projects to youth, ages 11 – 17. Projects will be held on weekends, school days off, and some evenings. CLICK HERE FOR A CALENDAR OF UPCOMING YVC PROJECTS!
At-Home Service-Learning Projects
Virtual Connections featuring Guest Speakers
Solution Circles. For Youth, By Youth. 

The Youth Advisory Council, YVC’s Steering Committee, is launching a series of Solution Circles for young people to address the most pressing issues of our time.  These solution circles will work to raise awareness about a critical issue that youth across our globe are currently facing, identify strategies for young people to take action, and develop an action plan to implement ideas. Solution Circles are created and facilitated by Youth Advisory Council members.

  • September’s Solution Circle: Civic Engagement, hosted by Kilas Gilamore, YAC Member 
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Youth-Led Solutions Summit for Climate Action [ages 15 – 17]: Activating Young Leaders To Address Global Issues. 

  • US Regional Summit: October 12 – 16
  • Global Summit: October 19 – 23

As part of our collective commitment to youth empowerment, the World YMCA is launching a Youth-Led Solutions Initiative to activate young leaders to address global issues through solutions that positively impact local and global sustainability, the development of just and equitable communities and the well-being of all people. Through a series of Youth-Led Solution Summits, young people will develop the skills necessary to advance social innovation and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, beginning this October with goal #13: Climate Action.

Youth-Led Solutions Initiative Goals:

  1. Develop an international network and dialogue around creating solutions to climate challenges.
  2. Inspire young leaders to design and implement climate action solutions in their local communities.
  3. Equip young leaders to be multipliers who empower others to create climate action solutions.

The Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC) of the Ann Arbor YMCA invites young people, ages 15 – 35 to serve as a member to the Ann Arbor YMCA Climate Action Solution Team. This team will consist of YVC participants, community partner organizations, Ann Arbor Y staff, volunteers, and international partners who are interested in combating climate change at home and abroad.

Climate Action Solution Team Commitment: 

  • Use summit to launch local project related to climate action; seed funding may be available
  • Lead education and advocacy efforts around climate action in your local community
  • Explore potential solutions and develop skills to create and implement a climate action project in a solution team
  • Advocate the YMCA’s collective impact with the United Nations

Qualifications Include: 

    • Experience or interest in climate action, environment, conservation, green jobs, or related topic
    • Between the ages of 15 and 35
    • Available to attend weekly evening meetings (dates and times TBD; opportunity to select days and times in application) leading up to the US Regional Summit.
    • Available to participate and/or present at the US Regional Summit (week of October 12 – 16) and the Global Summit (week of October 19 – 23); specific dates and times TBD.
  • Note: Summit will include live and self-paced events to accommodate participant’s schedules and time-zones.

Interested? Complete the Climate Action Team Member Application by September 16, 2020.

NEW! ACTION & ADVOCACY : Grades 6 – 8 & 9 – 12, September 2020 – April 2021  [virtual programTake action in your community by serving as a delegate in the Ann Arbor YMCA’s civic engagement and advocacy programs. These programs are designed for middle school and high school-aged youth to become civically engaged and active change-makers in their community. Through a series of committee and town hall meetings, delegates will explore governmental processes and voting rights while developing strategies to influence systems change through legislation, policy, and advocacy. Together, we will examine community issues, hear directly from officials, and create sustainable solutions to real-world problems. Active participation in local events (city council, county commission, township meetings, etc.) and elections is highly encouraged and will be supported by Ann Arbor Y staff and volunteers. This program culminates in a Washtenaw County Action & Advocacy Youth Summit, hosted by the Ann Arbor YMCA, where participants will showcase their work with an audience of family, friends, and community leade

YVC is a youth-driven program that strives to meet the needs of our community and works in collaboration with local organizations to create social change and positive community impact. Through facilitated service-learning projects, workshops, personal development trainings, and interactive dialogue, YVC participants address critical social issues and develop strategies to become active citizens of their community. The YVC program is offered all year-round with an intensive summer program of week-long blocks of service. CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE YVC EMAILING LIST.

Fall 2020 YVC Program Opportunities Include: 

  • In-person Service-Learning Projects
  • At-Home Service-Learning Projects
  • Virtual Connections featuring Guest Speakers
  • Solution Circles. For Youth. By Youth.
  • Youth-Led Solutions Summit for Climate Action

Click here to learn more! 

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