YVCKC's Summer of Service is quickly approaching! Just a few more weeks until youth across Kansas City spend 8 intensive weeks helping out local non-profits. We still have some spots open for youth who are looking to make a difference in their community this summer. Check out some of the descriptions below then click here to sign up and get involved!
The numbers are in from Global Youth Service Day! We had 1375 volunteers serving 1408 hours with 12 agencies on 35 projects. Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) celebrates and mobilizes the millions of young people who improve their communities each day of the year through service. Established in 1988, Global Youth Service Day is the largest service event in the world, and the only day of service dedicated to children and youth.
GYSD is celebrated each year in more than 135 countries, with young people working together--and with schools, youth organizations, nonprofits, community and faith-based organizations, national service programs, government agencies, and adult mentors-- to address the world’s most critical issues and change their communities.
As part of GYSD this year, we had schools and organizations across the Kansas City area make craft kits for the patients at Children's Mercy Hospital. These kits include all the supplies that a child will need to put together a craft, which is a great way to pass the time and relax during a hospital stay. Our volunteers were able to make 1174 craft kits, 212 bookmarks, and 260 cards for these patients. It's so exciting to see the difference youth have made in Kansas City this year!
Here is what some of the volunteers had to say about the experience:
A few of our after-school volunteers at Head Start took some time to reflect on their experience with YVCKC this year. Our "After-School Projects" require the same group of volunteers to serve at a particular agency each week. This offers a unique experience for volunteers where they are able to connect and build a deeper relationship with the people they serve. Read the stories below to see the impact these projects have on our volunteers.
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