Where can I serve?
The candidate, the site coordinator and the Young Adult Volunteer Program staff work together to discernment placement. National placement interviews take place by telephone. Because of the difficulty of long-distance communication with some international sites, international placements require in-person interviews. These are conducted at a Young Adult Volunteer Placement Event. Candidates are encouraged to look at possible placement both nationally and internationally.
Gain experiences that will break down some of the stereotypes that people often have of those in the city and allow yourself to see the face of God in those with whom you interact.
Ayava House (an acronym for Austin Young Adult Volunteer and AmeriCorps) recognizes the growing desire of many young people to engage and transform their world through a deep commitment to service. Austin Seminary desires to offer its resources to young adults working through faith-based programs as well as our national service corps. We recognize that both programs engage young people who will serve in ministry and leadership capacities in their faith traditions as well as their communities of residence.
The Boston Food Justice Young Adult Volunteer (BFJYAV) program gives young adults a year-long experience living together in intentional Christian community and engaging in the mission of Presbytery congregations to secure healthy, just, and sustainable food for all people. At the heart of the program are practices aimed at cultivating spiritual growth, vocational discernment, and leadership development, along with social and congregational transformation.
This site seeks young adults to serve and to learn with the people of Chicago, to engage in intentional Christian community and personal discipleship, to work with local ministries and agencies and to explore urban, multicultural ministry as a vocation and calling.
Chinook is an agricultural-based community; grain farming and cattle ranching are the predominant industries. Chinook is the county seat of Blaine County, population 6500. While the majority of Chinook’s population is Caucasian, half the residents of Blaine County are Native American.
Denver is a Dwell/YAV site that focuses on community involvement and personal growth. The Dwell unit is supported locally by multiple church partnerships and a local board made up of members from the community and representatives from the supporting congregations.
To live in Hollywood means to seek the face of God amidst the juxtaposition of the fame, fortune, and the poverty just outside what’s captured in the camera frames. With the largest and most diverse homeless population in the nation, YAVs work in agencies and ministries that engage on multiple levels and encounter peripheral issues of economic injustice, domestic violence, and human trafficking. Concurrently, YAVs live and build relationships in a vibrant community with predominantly Central American immigrant neighbors, working towards mutual use and stewardship of a community house.
DOOR-Miami seeks young adults interested in urban ministry and relational impact to serve in incredibly diverse communities.
YAVs are placed in agencies that focus on social justice and systemic change. They also participate and have leadership roles in local PC(USA) congregations.
To be a Young Adult Volunteer in New Orleans is to seek God and be transformed in one of the most unique cities in the world. In New Orleans you will cry with and serve your neighbors who grieve the effects of Hurricane Katrina, poverty, violence, and a disappearing wetlands and you will joyfully dance in the streets with those same neighbors at Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest, or a passing Second Line. The YAV program in New Orleans offers many opportunities for you to engage the city of New Orleans on many different levels and to seek God in the tension of sorrow and celebration. The purpose of the Presbytery of South Louisiana’s Young Adult Volunteer Program is to offer to young adults a God-Seeking, Life-Changing experience that prepares Young Adults to take part in God’s mission in the world for the rest of their lives.
YAVs will serve in one of San Antonio’s oldest neighborhoods with its rich Mexican and German history.
At the Tucson Borderlands, volunteers will live in a communal house while working in a variety of positions. These positions range from helping lead educational delegations in Mexico, to working with college students at the University of Arizona, to filling water tanks in the desert and drafting recommendations for border policies.
Volunteers work with ministries and programs of the Presbyterian Church of East Africa, a denomination that is very intentional about its life, witness and outreach to the people of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
Northern Ireland is primarily known for its tragic history of communal violence. Volunteers work with local churches and community projects to address the legacy of division and help lay foundations for a positive, shared future, particularly (though not exclusively) through work with youth and children.
YAVs are placed through the Uniendo Manos Contra la Pobreza, the Peru Joining Hands Network. The desire to address the root causes of poverty is what pulls the 14 Peruvian institutions in the Peru Joining Hands Network together.
The program in the Philippines is about developing servant-leaders through faith in action. The 10-month placement will include immersions into different church and community settings that expose the Philippine reality as a mosaic for reflection and socio-cultural understanding. Each volunteer will be matched with specific and suitable work responsibility in one setting addressing relevant and compelling issues that requires transformative community action.
The volunteers will be placed in educational institutions, local churches, after school programs and community development programs. They will also have opportunities to relate to a worshiping community. Teaching English, writing and editing Web-based publications in English and preparation of newsletters are examples specific tasks in which the volunteers can engage.
What about the other direction? If someone is 31 at the time of application and still feels strongly pulled by YAV?
Hi Briley, Thanks for your comment. Yes--you can serve as a YAV now! You will be eligible for any of the 10 national YAV sites. International sites require their volunteers to be 21 or older.
I really want to be a participant in your orginization but I'm only 19. Is there any way I can get involved now or do I just have to hold out for another year?