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YAVA Opportunities:
Big Tent
New for 2015/2016: 
Asheville, NC
Scotland (co-site)
NYC (2nd year site)

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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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.

March 3, 2015

As You Prepare for Discernment

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 ...

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February 15, 2015

What does it mean to do mission outside your community?

by David Wigger, YAVA-Kenya 2011-2012

 “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit” 
-Philippians 2:3-

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 ...

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February 9, 2015

Big Tent Scholarships

The YAV office is offering scholarships to 10 YAV Alum who would like to attend Big Tent 2015 in Knoxville, TN.
The YAV office will pay your registration fee (which includes housing, meals, and entry to the conference itself), which is approximately a $315.00 value. You will need to pay $85 to the YAV office to hold your spot after you complete your scholarship application. You will be responsible for this $85.00 plus your transportation to Knoxville. 
The main theme of Big Tent this year is “Living Missionally”. The three “tent poles” within this overarching theme are: 1 ...

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January 22, 2015

Ecumenical Advocacy Days: YAVA Scholarships

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 ...

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