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.
Wow! It’s already week five, and sadly, my summer with the YVC of Greater Kansas City is
halfway over. If you would have asked me what my summer would consist of just two months ago,
chances are I would have responded with “who knows?” I honestly I didn’t know what this summer
I just finished one of the most prolific, fun, depressing and nerve-wrecking times a teenager
will ever endure – my senior year. In the midst of a roaring senior year coming to an epic end, it had
somehow slipped my mind that I had not only applied for the Bank of America Student Leaders program,
but was selected and due to the first meeting in a couple of days!
From the very first day, after having only met the team I would be spending the next eight
weeks of my summer with, let’s just say… I was hooked! My fellow Student Leaders are amazing to say
the least. All five of us are strong leaders, yet unique in the qualities we have to offer. As for YVCKC and
YVC Headquarters, simply put, WOW! From the founder David Battey to Magie, an AmeriCorps Team
Leader, and everyone in between, one thing is evident: NONE of them would be here if they weren’t
guided by their benevolence and a knack to provoke change.
I am lucky to be a part of a steam-rolling organization such as YVC that is demolishing social and
economic barriers not only here in the Kansas City metropolitan area, but across the entire country! And
doing so through SERVICE!
I have really enjoyed myself while learning a plethora of things from this experience. I could
definitely live without the early morning traffic commutes, blown tires, and cold lunch every day, but
even the lessons I have learned from THOSE experiences (how to plan for traffic, how to change a tire
and how to pack THE BEST cold lunches) have been useful.
When asked what my favorite project has been thus far, I pondered, and after about two
minutes of intense thinking I had to choose all of them! As cliché as that may seem, it only speaks to
the experiences I have had thus far. Each and every project I have been a part of has been completely
unique from the previous.
I was able to show five teenagers working at an urban farm the exhilaration you get when
getting a job done, and I have witnessed how Youth Volunteers’ lives can change when they are given
the opportunity to help others. This has been an amazing journey that I didn’t expect the summer
before going to college, but I am extremely grateful of this humbling experience, and get this… it’s only
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