National Application Deadline
8/24/15 - 8/31/15
9/23/15 - 9/27/15
READ about the YAV experience
Read about YAV site in Daejeon (South Korea) and what the 2013-14 YAVs are doing there.
Hear about the YAV experience
Tisha Mason (Korea YAV 13-14) was interviewed on Different Drummers, a broadcast of the Greater Chicago Broadcast Ministries.
Hear from YAVs Chad Pittman and Kristi Click, who were featured guests on NPR program “Keepin’ the Faith” December 16, 2012. Listen to the show to hear Chad and Kristi discuss highlights of the YAV program and share their stories of how they found their way into God’s service.
What is the YAV Program?
Want to put your faith into action?
Want to grow as a leader in Christian service?
Want to see what God is doing in the world while serving a local community?
The YAV Program might be just for you...
The Young Adult Volunteer program is a one year service opportunity for young adults from 19 to 30 years. YAVs live in intentional Christian community, deepening and developing their faith while serving serving alongside partners in sites across the United States and around the world. YAVs serve for one academic year, August - July, as they explore God's calling in their lives.
Volunteers are placed in community agencies or local churches, with jobs depending on the needs of partners and the skills of the Young Adult Volunteer. YAVs are exposed to some of the hardest problems in the world – poverty, violence and reconciliation, and sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ – while living and reflecting with other volunteers on the meaning and motivation of their Christian faith.
Each YAV experience is different – but all YAVs will participate in a mutual discernment process to be a part of the program, receive national and on-site orientation, work closely with mentors and peers during, participate in vocational discernment activities, and integrate the whole experience at a transition retreat. All YAVs receive health insurance and student loan repayment is available for qualified applicants. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), you and your supporting congregation and presbytery, and some placement agencies share funding of this program. All volunteers are required to raise some of their financial support – the requirements for fundraising have been cut in half since 2013 – to $3,000 for national service and $4,000 for international service. A limited number of scholarships are also available each year.
The Young Adult Volunteer program is one of many ministries of Presbyterian Mission Agency that serves young adults. For more info for young adults visit our young adult website.
Goals of the YAV Program
The Program was developed with several goals in mind:
Intentional Christian Community
YAVs explore what it means to be a Christian community with one another and their neighbors. While some will live in housing together and others spread throughout their country, all YAVs will reflect together on their service and explore their relationship with God, the church, and their ministry in a broken world.
YAVs are challenged to practice simple living – living an abundant life with less. Living simply pushes YAVs to evaluate their true needs with their lifestyle and beliefs.
YAVs will intentionally explore the diversity of God’s creation, living and working outside of their comfort zone. YAVs will work to confront the systemic challenges of race, class, gender, and power, while learning to examine their own lives and actions.
Leadership Development through Faith in Action
YAVs develop their leadership by serving in marginalized communities alongside local people of faith responding to poverty, violence, and injustice in their communities, sharing the gospel through word and deed.
Through theological reflection and spiritual practices, YAVs will participate in the process of vocational discernment –unearthing God’s desire for each person’s life and work.
What's Your YAV Number?
Read a YAV dad letter
“YAV Dad” Jeff DeYoe, who also happens to be the senior pastor of Worthington Presbyterian Church, Columbus, Ohio, recently wrote the following letter to Hunter Farrell, Director of Presbyterian World Mission, after being inspired by his recent visit to his daughter’s YAV site in Guatemala.Continue reading