Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC) Summary: 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.
School-Year YVC Program (September – May): YVC offers youth the opporutnity to connect with their community during the academic school year with meaningful service-learning projects held on weekends, school days off, and some evenings.
Earth Challenge – April 22: 50 years ago, Earth Day became the largest people’s protest in the history of the world. Clean air and clean water laws were a result. Earth Challenge 2020, the world’s most accessible and transparent citizen science database portal ever created, presents you with an opportunity to actively contribute and grow citizen science worldwide! With the support from 7 continents, 6 initial research areas were identified to focus on; 1) Plastics, 2) Air Quality, 3) Insects, 4) Climate, 5) Food Security, and 6) Water Quality.
Earth Day should not be seen as a deadline but rather a spark that inspires future action. With your phone you can contribute to the existing global data on all six areas of focus. CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS ON HOW TO GET INVOLVED.
Get Out The Vote and 2020 Census: As a young contributing person in our community, you can exercise your voice and encourage others to register to vote online and to complete the 2020 census. Nonprofit Vote has compiled comprehensive resources for you to use to raise awareness on the importance of voting and completing the 2020 census. Click on the links below to learn more about how you can make an impact by sharing this information with others.
Register to Vote Online
Census 101: The Basics
2020: The Hunger Challenge – Fighting Hunger and Malnutrition with the Students Rebuild Project: Teens and YVC participants are invited to participate in the 2020 Hunger Challenge. Students Rebuild is a collaborative program of the Bezos Family Foundation that inspires young people worldwide to connect, learn and take action on critical global issues. YVC participants will explore critical issues as it relates to hunger around the world and in their own backyards and use it as a catalyst for action. Make an impact by creating an artfully illustrated version of a recipe, an actual one or a more imaginative, conceptual one that reflects culture, community, and connection. Completed projects will be sent to the Bezos Family Foundation where they will make a donation to organizations addressing hunger and malnutrition around the world and across the spectrum of need, from emergency relief and feeding programs to longer-term agricultural development. Click here to access a lesson plan designed for High school aged teens. Lesson Plan includes videos from young people around the world who are fighting food insecurities in their communities, Questions to think about while watching each video. Also, included is a guide to how to create your recipes! Submit your recipes to me at firstname.lastname@example.org I will upload them in the YVC’s dashboard.
Cards for Care: Calling all Teens and Youth Volunteer Corps participants to get involved during these unconventional times. Let us tackle Social Isolation- with the Covid-19 outbreak it is critical that we think about those in need during this time. Join in is as we help break social isolation from already isolated populations: senior residents at Glacier Hills and our young friends hospitalized at C.W. Mott Women and Children’s Hospital. Receiving mail is always a great feeling. Make a difference in someone’s life and let them know they are not alone. Make a card or write a letter to either a senior or a young person to encourage positivity and love during this time of uncertainty. For ideas and writing prompts click here!
- Creating Cards for Children of Mott Children’s Hospital: Mott Children’s Hospital is a pediatric acute care hospital that evolve, transform, and drive the future of children in need of medical attention. Click here to learn more about Mott Children’s Hospital.
- Creating Cards for Glacier Hills Senior Living Community Residents: Glacier Hills Senior Living Community is a place for true Life Care retirement living and committed to offer a premier senior lifestyle through trans-formative change. Click here for more information about Glacier Hills.
YVC Expanding Horizons Summer Program: Interested in participating in week-long blocks of service? 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 to for more details on the YVC summer program and how to register.