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Limited space still available for YAV 15/16:

Next #YAVAchat: May 15
(8pm EST; 15th of every month)
Storify of April's Chat

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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YAV Stories Published Online:

     Along the Border: PCUSA News Service

     Emma Randles (Austin): Grassroots Leadership

     Becca Messman (Guatemala): Outlook

     Colleen Earp (NOLA): Unbound

     Lives Set on New ‘Routes’: Unbound

     Dan Bohnker (Little Rock): PDA 

     Abby Miller (Peru): YAV Blog

     Joy and Han in Korea: PCUSA News Service

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May 12, 2015


Calling all YAVA,

Year after year, we find that the best recruiters of future YAVs are former YAVs. You bring your experiences, your stories, your trials, your highs, your lows. You bring a worldview that only a YAVA can bring.

And that is why we are asking you to take a prospective YAV out for a coffee, a tea, or a Venti Iced Skinny Hazelnut Macchiato with Sugar-Free Syrup, Extra Shot, Light Ice, and No Whip (or, you know, a normal drink). And talk to them about your experience as a YAV.

We really want this conversation to happen, but just to make sure it doesn’t seem like a gimmick, here is how to get that coffee card:

1)      Fill out the YAV Recruitment Form

2)      Send a picture of you with the prospective YAV to Include: a) a picture; b) the name of the prospective YAV; c) your name, YAV year and site; and d) your mailing address.

3)      Post the picture using #YAVCoffee and #yavprogram

Then we will send you a coffee card as a thank you!


If you have any questions about this promotion, contact:

Rev. Emily Miller
Associate for Recruitment & Relationships
(800) 728-7228, ext. 5300




May 11, 2015

Limited Space Available

Thank you for spreading the word about the application deadline for the Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program. We still have some spaces available at our national YAV sites and invite you to think about young adults that could benefit from this year of service. We hope you’ll encourage them to look at this exciting opportunity to see if this may be where God is calling them. The application can easily be found here.

The YAV program is a one year service opportunity for young adults ages 19-30. YAVs live in intentional Christian community, deepening and developing their faith while ...

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April 10, 2015

Construyendo un ambiente adecuado en La Oroya

“Building a better environment in La Oroya”

By Joe Tobiason

Holy One, you listen to the desires of those who suffer.
    You steady their hearts;
you listen closely to them,
     to establish justice
        for the orphan and the oppressed,
Psalm 10:17-18

I spent a lot of my YAV year working in a town called La Oroya, 13,000 ft up in the Andes.  The town is contaminated from the smoke released by a smelter that has been operating since the early 20th century.  My job was to help lead a kids group that would skype with an elementary class ...

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March 31, 2015

Discernment Event 2015 Photos


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March 16, 2015

YAV Discernement Event 2015

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.

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