YVCKC is fortunate enough to have the help of five student leaders for our Summer of Service. The student leaders are sponsored by Bank of America Student Leaders program and devote eight weeks of their summer to helping the Youth Volunteer Corps headquarters and Kansas City Office as well as helping on our summer projects. Throughout the summer each student leader will share their stories and experiences serving in the Kansas City community.
Coming to Kansas City and living in the suburb of Blue Springs, Missouri, I have lived inside a “Blue Springs bubble” and not noticed much of the community around me. I have experienced less fortunate countries, but I forgot the less fortunate in my home in America.
People often talk about “changing the world.” Many people often see the solution as throwing a couple of dollars in the donation collection at church. This is where Youth Volunteer Corps has shown me that it is not about “changing the world,” it is about experiencing life for yourself and evolving into the person you want to become.
Working as a Student Leader for Youth Volunteer Corps has provided me the opportunity and ability to motivate myself. I understand now that I control the direction I take and influence the directions of others around you. I am now coming to understand that the opportunities I have been given have shown me that in order to “change the world” I must empower myself and the others around me.
YVC gives youth the opportunity to empower and strengthen their community. Every project offers the environment of diversity, realism and new experiences. Every person that volunteers is changed for the better, whether they acknowledge the difference now or realize the evolution later in life. YVC motivates students to ignite the fiery passions instilled within one another.
Two weeks ago while working with Youth Volunteer Corps of Greater Kansas City at Sanctuary of Hope in the blazing hot sun, Youth Volunteers, Student Leaders and Team Leaders came together as a team and worked side-by-side mulching trails, planting flowers and revitalizing the nature center. It was not distribution of power, but instead empowering one another. We choose not to establish authority over the youth, but instead give them choices and influences to direct them in the way each individual wished to become.
YVC is not asking for fast changes, we are asking for small differences, for examples, for motivators. It is not all about “changing the world,” rather it is about igniting and empowering every individual.
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