Young Adult Volunteers commit to serving a minimum of one year in the U.S. or Internationally at one of our sites. YAVs have the opportunity to volunteer alongside local partners, engaging in work and conversation around issues that address poverty, reconciliation, and what it means to share the hope of Christ through service. This blog is a chance to stay updated on what is happening in the life of the YAV program, whether that is with our current volunteers, our abundance of alum, the YAV office, or our YAV partners. The conversations and tough issues that we spend countless hours talking about as YAV’s don’t end when the year does; welcome to the conversation! If you have more questions, feel free to email.
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Thanks everybody for a great Discernment Event. Check out the twitter feed to look back on some of the moments from this year's event:
Also, read a blog post from Little Rock-YAV Molly, about the event.
enter confused. learn a ton. leave confused. #YAVin7words— Blake Allen Collins (@blakecolli) March 3, 2015
As you prepare for Discernment: Thoughts from a recent YAV Alum
Hello all! To those planning on heading to the Discernment Event in Little Rock we’re excited to meet you. David Wigger (YAVA, Kenya 11/12) recently asked me to share my experience with a potential YAV considering serving in Peru. Although my experience is site-specific (as all YAV years are), David imagines all considering a year of service might benefit from a short read about a YAV year. David asked me to share ...
by David Wigger, YAVA-Kenya 2011-2012
“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit”
Before you read, please watch this short New York Times Video by Boniface Mwangi: “An African’s Message for America”, and listen to his message to American service volunteers.
“You don’t know those people, they don’t know you.”
“You are not going there to save anybody, you are going there to save yourself”
“Africa doesn’t need a savior.”
“Why are you doing it?”
These are just a few of the challenges Mwangi gives us. And as an organization that’s sole purpose ...
CPJ Training/Ecumenical Advocacy Days 2015
We're glad you're interested in attending Advocacy Training Day and Ecumenical Advocacy Days through the YAV office. We are offering scholarships to 8 YAV Alum who would like to attend EAD 2015. The YAV office will cover your registration and your housing (location TBA) for this event. You will be responsible for your own travel along with a $20 check to secure your place.
Please fill out all sections of the form below. We will contact you regarding your form within a week of receiving it.
The date for Advocacy Training Day ...