Youth Volunteer Corps is Awarded National Direct AmeriCorps Grant

Kansas City, MO – Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC) was awarded a National Direct AmeriCorps grant through the Corporation for National and Community Service. The grant, totaling $263,840, will enable YVC to provide support to many of its nearly 30 affiliates throughout the country who are engaging youth volunteers in high quality service projects that teach youth job skills and give them the opportunity to make a difference in their communities. Especially as AmeriCorps approaches its 20th anniversary, YVC is joining with the Corporation for National and Community Service to celebrate the impact that AmeriCorps has had in communities throughout the nation.

“AmeriCorps has been a key asset to YVC at many points throughout its 26 year history, so we are thrilled to once again partner with AmeriCorps members to change youth’s lives through service,” said David Battey, president and founder of YVC. “We have found that AmeriCorps members serve a significant role on YVC projects and are a great way to expand the impact that YVC can have on the communities where we serve.”

YVC was awarded 71 member positions, meaning that YVC’s affiliates will be able to have the support of 71 AmeriCorps members to plan high-quality youth service projects and help youth gain valuable job skills in this time of high youth unemployment. YVC was an AmeriCorps grantee for 15 years from AmeriCorps’ inception, and AmeriCorps enabled YVC to reach out to many new communities and expand programming throughout those years.

AmeriCorps members will serve in a variety of locations throughout the country with YVC affiliates, including St. Joseph, Mo.; Dallas, Texas; Baton Rouge, La.; Racine County, Wis.; Anderson, S.C.; Corvallis, Ore.; Hampton Roads, Va.; and Macon, Ga.

Only about one in three programs that applied for the National Direct grant nationwide were awarded the grant, and YVC received the full amount requested.

“Celebrating the signing of the AmeriCorps legislation on Sept. 21, 1993, under a tent on the South Lawn of the White House with Winona Ryder and the music of Soul Asylum was one of the best days of my life,” Battey said. “I look forward to celebrating the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps this year by witnessing the impact it can have on youth service communities through YVC.”

Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC) is a nonprofit promoting a lifetime commitment to service among youth by providing quality service projects. For more than 26 years, YVC has engaged more than 270,000 youth from diverse backgrounds in year-round service projects. Based in Kansas City, YVC has nearly 30 programs across the United States and Canada. Find more information at www.yvc.org.

For more information, contact:

Lacey Helmig Communications and Media Coordinator 816-472-9822 x203 (o) 503-927-1345 (c) lhelmig@yvc.org

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