Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC): YVC is a youth-driven program that serves 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 Youth Volunteer Corps of the Ann Arbor Y has engaged 1,929 youth volunteers, completing over 100,000 hours of service in collaboration with 100 agencies across Washtenaw, Livingston, and Wayne county.

Expanding Horizons Summer Program, YVC’s intensive summer program, provides teens, ages 11 – 17, opportunities to engage in 4-day blocks of service-learning in small teams of 10 – 12 similar aged community peers. Groups travel by foot, public transportation, and/or Y vehicle to service project site. Co-lead by a YVC Adult Team Leader and YVC Youth Advisory Council representative, groups will work together to accomplish shared goals. Click here for more detailed information regarding the YVC’s intensive summer program.

YVC Accredited Course: Creating and Maintaining Socially Just Communities with YVC
The Ann Arbor Y’s Youth Volunteer Corps is now an accredited course in the Ann Arbor Public School district. For details, please visit the AAPS Community Resource Department Webpage and/or Z Chestang, YVC Coordinator at zchestang@annarborymca.org or 734.661.8017

Creating and Maintaining Socially Just Communities with the Youth Volunteer Corps of the Ann Arbor Y (Offered September – May)
Through a series of weekly meetings, workshops, activities, service-learning project, students will explore global and local issues while gaining a greater understanding on how to address social change through service-learning and measuring impact.

Class meets weekly. Schedule to be determined by students and course instructor. Additional hours outside of scheduled class time is required to complete independent course work. Attendance of community events, service-learning opportunities, and meetings with community partners will be scheduled independently and in collaboration with course instructors.

For more information regarding the YVC program, please contact Z Chestang, YVC Coordinator at zchestang@annarborymca.org or 734.661.8017