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 What does it mean to be a YAV?

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!

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October 1, 2014

Now Accepting Applications!

Now accepting applications for the 2015/2016 YAV year.

Consider encouraging someone you know to apply today. 

Apply Now!

YAV 2015/2016 Deadlines: 

Round 1: December 1, 2014 

Deadline for National Sites

Round 2: February 1, 2015 

Application Deadline for National and International Sites 
(NOTE: Round 2 is the only deadline for International Applications. Applications completed after February 1 are still eligible for service at one of our 15 national sites.)

Round 3: May 1, 2015 

Deadline for National Site Applications Only

Contact the Young Adult Volunteer Office (800) 728-7228, x5024 or if you have any questions.      

Categories: Mission

September 30, 2014

New Member of the YAV Team

David Wigger and Amy Wadsworth, YAVA-Kenya ’11-‘12

Hey all. This is David, I have just joined the YAV staff as the new Louisville Seminary Field Education Intern.

My wife, Amy, and I were YAVs in Kenya in 2011-2012. I taught English, Math, and PE at Ratta Mixed Secondary School in Western Kenya. After my YAV year I started at Louisville Seminary, where I am currently pursuing a Masters in Divinity with a Concentration in Black Church Studies.

I was not planning on doing any more Field Education until Emily told me the YAV office was looking for an Intern ...

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August 14, 2014

Funds Development Position Announcement

We are thrilled to announce a new position for the Funds Development Manager for the Young Adult Volunteer Program! If you know of anyone who would be interested, please share this post with them, or you can send the direct link to apply here. 
As a part of the larger World Mission funds development effort, the Funds Development Manager with two fundraising specialists will have primary responsibility for the funds development effort for the Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The Funds Development Manager for YAV program will report directly to the Sr ...

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August 2, 2014

When the YAV Year Ends - A Site Coordinator's Perspective

by Hyeyoung Lee, Korea YAV Site Co-Coordinator


My 17-month-old son, Sahn, and I like to go for a walk during the day. The other day when we were walking he decided to lead me to a place, so I just followed him. He stopped in front of the YAV house which is about 100 steps away from our house and pointed at the gate as if he is saying that he wants to hang out with the YAVs. It would have been no problem if it was two weeks ago, but it is not possible now because they all left ...

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July 16, 2014

Reflecting After General Assembly

I would never have imagined in 2008, when I went to the PCUSA General Assembly as a Youth Advisory Delegate (YAD), that I would be going back in 2014 as a YAV (Young Adult Volunteer). 


My perspective was so different then. I was living in San Juan and just graduated from college. This time around, I went after living and serving in Miami for about 10 months. 

There were many significant moments that made me feel grateful for all the experiences and opportunities that God has given me throughout these past months. Other moments were definitely challenging.

It was meaningful ...

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