We engage youth in team-based service experiences that build life and work skills while inspiring a lifetime ethic of service. Our vision is communities defined by compassion, selflessness, and respect for others.
YVC projects engage teams of 8-10 youth ages 11-18 who volunteer their time to help local nonprofits and learning more about real issues in their communities. A trained and screened adult staff member supervises youth, leads them in icebreakers and team building activities, and facilitates meaningful reflection.
YVC is Unique
Studies have found that youth who volunteer can develop negative attitudes about service if they don’t feel that their efforts are making a difference. YVC is the only large-scale youth service organization in the U.S. and Canada that creates and supports quality, team-based youth service opportunities that youth find rewarding, engaging, and challenging.
Since 1987, YVC has witnessed countless youth whose lives have been transformed by service. The program fosters an atmosphere that promotes learning, connection, and a sense of belonging. Every YVC project incorporates service-learning to help youth understand the impact of their volunteering as well as team-building games to help youth feel comfortable and get them working together. While all projects are supervised by trained adults who know how to motivate and inspire youth ages 11-18, YVC youth are involved in the planning process to help create a service experience that speaks to their interests.
YVC's Four Fundamental Goals
Engage youth in service projects that are challenging, rewarding, and educational.
Serve the needs of the community and its residents.
Cultivate a greater understanding and appreciation for diversity.
Promote a lifetime ethic of service in youth.
YVC Over the Years
In 1987, YVC began as a summer volunteer program in Kansas City, and has since expanded its reach with YVC affiliates offering year-round service opportunities in communities across the U.S. and Canada. Youth Volunteer Corps programs are operated by a wide variety of nonprofit organizations - YVC in Joplin is hosted by Youth Volunteer Corps Headquarters.