Youth in More than 30 Communities Serve in Honor of Global Youth Service Day

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Kansas City, Mo. – Youth are volunteering in more than 30 communities through Kansas City-based Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC) in honor of Global Youth Service Day on April 12. The day of service was initiated by Youth Service America and is the largest service event in the world, with two million youth volunteering worldwide.

“This is an incredible day for YVC and youth volunteers all over the world,” said David Battey, president and founder of YVC. “Youth Service America has done an amazing job engaging youth worldwide and exposing them to the transformative power of service.”

YVC programs throughout the U.S. and Canada are hosting a variety of projects in honor of Global Youth Service Day including:

• YVC of Greater Kansas City is coordinating several projects including creating craft kits for Children’s Mercy, planting a garden at Homestead Assisted Living Center. • YVC of Nashville is planning projects for 200 youth at 10 different local community gardens. • YVC of Western Connecticut is cleaning up a local park by painting, gardening and sprucing up trails.

“We’re honored to be a part of this global event and look forward to seeing all that youth around the world will accomplish,” Battey said.

Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC) is a nonprofit promoting a lifetime commitment to service among youth by providing quality service projects for young people. Since 1987, YVC has engaged nearly 280,000 youth from diverse backgrounds in year-round service projects serving more than 4 million volunteer hours. 96 percent of youth indicated they will continue to volunteer in the future after their first experience with YVC. Based in Kansas City, Mo., YVC has programs across the United States and Canada. Find more information at

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