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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.


YAV Blogs

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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 29, 2015

YAVocate Training



“YAVocate Training”

Young Adult Volunteer

Ghost Ranch, New Mexico


The Young Adult Volunteer office is excited to invite up to 15 currently serving YAVs (2014/2015) to partner in a recruitment training session in September immediately following Transition Retreat (Transition Dates are 9/24-9/27, so YAVocate would go through 9/29). This opportunity would involve a commitment of full participation in both the training and being a regional recruiter for the YAV program in their home areas. The incentive for being a YAVocate is the opportunity to share your story as a YAV, and to help others know more about our great program. There may also be some exciting YAV Swag in there for you! You can find the application HERE.

May 28, 2015

Tiny Cups of Grace


By: Luke Rembold, YAV-Tucson 10-11

“Look closely. The beautiful may be small.” -Immanuel Kant

The other day I joined my pastor and one of my youth at the home of a congregant to share communion and conversation. It was a beautiful morning, the kind of day that instantly puts everyone in a good mood, and the four of us lapsed into easy conversation on college, golf, and birthdays. We were sharing precious, sacred space.

When it came time for communion, our pastor gave the words of institution and passed the bread. Because of where we were sitting, it wasn’t ...

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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 ...

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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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