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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 18, 2016

An Open Letter to the Incoming YAV Class

Hey Y’all my name is Grace Lindvall, I served as a YAV 2010-2011 in Nairobi, Kenya.

Know above everything else that we are praying for you – YAV alums, YAV staff, your family, people who have contributed to your YAV year and friends. Know in your hearts that you are being prayed for in the days, weeks, and months to come.

Moving from a time of discernment into the very thing you have been discerning is an interesting time. It brings out exciting emotions – sharing the news with friends and family, fundraising and then the hard work of doing the ...

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May 12, 2016

Go Back Home

“Go back home, and tell your government to stop supporting this oppression.”


It was one of those moments that I still point to and say, “That was a moment that changed me.” I would guess that many of us who count ourselves among the hundreds of YAVA have moments like that that we point to during our YAV year, however long ago that might have been. For me, it was September 2009 in Guatemala—six and half years ago.


I had been a YAV for approximately three weeks, and as part of our site orientation we visited a women’s ...

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April 13, 2016

Make Time for Self-Care

Dear YAVs, 

I hope you are well and enjoying the start of spring! I can’t believe it’s already been 8 months since I saw you! While brainstorming for this reflection, several topics came to mind, but I decided to focus on an aspect of my YAV year that had one of the biggest impacts on my life. My YAV year was a transformative experience for SO many reasons, but one of the biggest transformations it brought to my life was a stronger commitment to self-care and better prioritization of my time.

Pre-YAV year, I had a lot on ...

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March 24, 2016

Timeless Values Transform Lives

I first went to the Philippines as a Young Adult Volunteer 17 years ago. That’s quite a while – and a lot has changed. That’s pre-Facebook and Twitter... It was pre cell phones for most of us... It was pre-Skype, so no one at home knew how shaggy my hair had gotten… It wasn’t quite pre-email, but was of the era that email was still an exciting, special thing… And in global terms, it was also before our current day status quo. It was pre-9/11. It was pre- Millennium Development Goals – the first ones. It was pre-Arab ...

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