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 to 18 in team-based, structured, diverse, flexible service-learning opportunities.
YVC of Charleston is one of many affiliates across the U.S. and Canada. Our mission is to promote a lifetime commitment to service among youth of Charleston by offering volunteer projects throughout the school year and during the summer with the Summer Service-Learning Institute.
All projects are group-based and supervised by an adult Team Leader or Program Director who cultivates the group dynamic with icebreaker and team-building games and ensures youth understand the importance of their work with service-learning lessons.
Here at YVC of Charleston, we understand that youth are very busy and may not be able to attend all volunteer events, but that is the wonderful thing about YVC. Youth aren't required to earn a certain amount of volunteer hours and they don't have to attend every event, but we do hope the youth will enjoy every event so that they keep coming back and with more friends each time!
In order for youth to volunteer they must complete a Volunteer Profile and Parent Waiver form. Once they turn in the form they'll start receiving updates about projects and leadership opportunities. The form can be downloaded below.
There are leadership opportunities with YVC of Charleston and the YVC Headquarters in Kansas City. The Youth Advisory Board, known as YAB, helps ensure projects are youth driven and that there is a service-learning component of each project. Members of the Board are standout youth who enjoy a challenge, are able to work well in a team environment and have exemplified leadership in the past.