Before registering for any projects, you will be prompted to complete a YVC youth profile and waiver. All volunteers must fill out a waiver before participating in any Youth Volunteer Corps activities. A youth who attends a YVC project without a waiver may not be permitted to serve. Some agencies require a separate volunteer waiver, which will be provided prior to the project start. YVC's waiver can also be found here or PDF versions can be downloaded: English Version and Spanish Version
IS THERE A COST TO PARTICIPATE? YVC is open to all. Episodic (day-long) projects have no fees for participation. YVC's summer programming is offered at a subsidized rates of $49/week with full scholarships availability to anyone demonstrating need. Meals, snacks, and transportation are not provided.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO A PROJECT? Volunteers should wear a YVC T-shirt (one shirt is provided for free), weather-appropriate clothing, and closed-toe shoes. It is expected that youth wear their YVC T-shirt every day of the project.If there are special requirements, these will be noted in project descriptions. Only one shirt will be provided for each youth during the summer. If you would like to purchase an additional YVC T-shirt to wear, they are available for $6 on the "Select Your Projects" page.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING TO A PROJECT? Volunteers should bring a sack lunch, water bottle, sunscreen (outdoor projects), and bug spray (outdoor projects). If there are special requirements, these will be noted in project descriptions.
WILL PROJECTS BE CANCELLED? On the rare occasion that a project must be cancelled, including inclement weather, we will let you know with as much advance notice as possible. Cancellations will be communicated via text from the number indicated in this registration. If you prefer an alternate communication method, please email email@example.com.
Youth safety is YVC’s first priority. If you have questions about this policy, please call at 816-472-9822 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT IS A TYPICAL PROJECT LIKE? Projects are supervised by Kendra Ferguson. YVC volunteers join a team of their peers, ages 11 to 18, to volunteer their time and service to help local nonprofits and learn about issues in the Columbia community. Participants arrive around 10-15 minutes early and an icebreaker or team-builder activity starts each day of the YVC program. Volunteers are introduced to one another and the agency staff who provide instructions to the team. As service takes place, the program director will lead volunteers in service-learning activities, energizer games, and facilitate meaningful reflection. Our goal is to create service that is rewarding, challenging, and educational for youth. ARE LUNCH AND TRANSPORTATION PROVIDED? No. All youth are responsible for lunches and transportation to and from the event. Project location details will be provided at sign-up and confirmed with participants prior to events.