We create volunteer opportunities to address community needs and to inspire youth for a lifetime commitment to service.
YOUTH VOLUNTEER CORPS IS UNIQUE
Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC) began in 1987 as a summer service program for Kansas City youth. Today, YVC is a network of affiliated organizations across the U.S. and Canada running that same program by engaging youth ages 11-18 in team-based, structured, diverse, flexible service-learning opportunities.
YVC Affiliates include United Ways, YMCAs, Boys & Girls Clubs, volunteer centers, parks and recreation departments and other youth-serving organizations. Each YVC program looks a little different depending on the host organization and the local community, but they all implement the same program model and receive ongoing support and resources from YVC Headquarters.
Youth Volunteer Corps of Alpena is part of a national nonprofit network called the Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC). YVC offers youth between the ages of 11 and 18 the opportunity to improve their community through volunteering. Learn more at www.yvc.org.
OUR FOUR FUNDAMENTAL GOALS
- To engage youth in service projects that are challenging, rewarding and educational.
- To serve the unmet needs of the community and its residents.
- To promote among youth a greater understanding and appreciation for the diversity of their community.
- To promote a lifetime ethic of service among youth.
IT’S ALL ABOUT QUALITY
Studies tracking youth who volunteer have found that they can develop negative attitudes about service if they don’t feel that their efforts make a difference. That is why Youth Volunteer Corps has utilized the same model for 30 years—team-based, diverse, structured, flexible service-learning opportunities for youth.
Since 1987, Youth Volunteer Corps has witnessed more than 300,000 youth whose lives have been transformed by this model of service.
How to Get Involved:
The Youth Volunteer Corps Program is located at the Alpena High School-3303 South Third Street Alpena, MI-during the School Year and at the Boys and Girls Club of Alpena-601 River Street Alpena, MI-during the Summer.
Contact Catherine Knoch at 358-5245 or call the Boys and Girls Club of Alpena 356-0214.
The YVC program is a service of the Boys and Girls Club of Alpena.
Younger generations have always inspired the rest of us to better our world. That kind of idealism can be infectious, and when paired with tangible service, real change can occur. The Youth Volunteer Corps of Alpena is the intersection of aspiration and action.
There are numerous benefits to volunteering in general, but volunteering with YVC specifically provides the ability to:
- Understand the needs of others.
- Learn Leadership Skills
- Become involved in the strengthening of your own neighborhoods and communities.
- Participate in meaningful work resulting in a sense of accomplishment.
- Learn new skills and gain confidence.
- Improve your own life and the lives of others in practical and long-lasting ways.
- Have fun in a way you may not have thought possible.
MORE THAN VOLUNTEERING
Since 1987, Youth Volunteer Corps has witnessed countless youth whose lives have been transformed by service – resulting in 4.5 million volunteer hours.
|MAKE A DIFFERENCE
GAIN VALUABLE SKILLS
Studies have found that youth who serve have an increased sense of personal control and self-esteem, enhanced development of identity and life skills including leadership, public speaking, dependability, job responsibility, and higher academic achievement.
Studies tracking youth who volunteer have found that youth can develop negative attitudes about service if they don’t feel that their efforts are making a difference. That’s why YVC aims to ensure that every single youth has a positive experience volunteering through high-quality, team-based volunteer projects.
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