This section provides helpful resources for YAVs, YAV alums and friends of the program to invite young people to serve.
To invite young adults to consider a year of service:
Invite a young adult for a coffee, a meal, a walk…
Many YAVs report that they heard about the YAV program because someone took the time to talk to them about it. Sit down with a young adult and listen to how they are discerning God’s call in their life. Explore with them whether a YAV year could be a part of their discernment journey.
Request a YAV staff or YAV alum to come speak at your church
There are over 1,700 Young Adult Volunteer Alums all over the country. We are happy to help find an alum to speak to your college group, congregation, or any helpful event! For more info, email Blake Collins at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-728-7223, extension 5300.
Have YAV materials available at your events
Do you have an event coming up and would like to spread the word about YAV? Complete this short form. Please give 2-3 weeks’ notice prior to the event. If you have other questions, email Bridgette Lewis, Bridgette.email@example.com, or call 800-728-7228, extension 5274. Thanks for sharing!
Recruitment Reports: let us know where you’ve been
If you have talked with an individual or a group about the Young Adult Volunteer program, we would love to hear about it! Please fill out this short form so we can keep track of how young adults are being invited to consider the YAV program.
Hospitality House Resources
Hospitality is a central theme of the Christian tradition. Our approach is to extend that hospitality to a generation of young people who find themselves in times of transition-times when they may feel particularly vulnerable or isolated. In your community there are likely a number of young adults in need of food, affordable housing, fellowship and community-young adults serving agencies like AmeriCorps and Teach For America. Their presence provides us a unique opportunity to live out our call to hospitality.
Vesper Curriculum-This curriculum is an open resource and available to anyone or any group. It has been designed, in this first stage of development, for informal groups of peers who want to have focused conversations about faith and service.
Daniel Pappas is living a life outside his comfort zone—literally and figuratively—in Peru, and he wouldn’t have it any other way. Read more…
“Lives of Substance,” Second Year YAV Vincent Grossi
“As I matured, my ideas of a life of substance began to change as I quietly began wondering if God really wants people live a life of suffering. Or, does God want what a person does in the search for meaning to also bring joy.” Read more…
Tucson Young Adult Volunteer Hanbyeol Nam and the Community Home Repair Project of Arizona is highlighted in a news article by the Presbyterian Mission Agency. Read more…
The 2015/2016 Hollywood, Tucson, and San Antonio volunteers got a chance to talk about what a year of service looks like for them. Dwell stories 2015 from DOOR Miami on Vimeo. Tisha Mason (South Korea YAV 13-14) was interviewed on Different Drummers, a broadcast of the Greater Chicago Broadcast Ministries. Watch Now… Eric Lipka and Ashley Bair (New Orleans 11-12) tell about the YAV program. Watch now…
We believe that “in life and death we belong to God,” yet our culture denies death. We see it as a battle to be won, not an inevitable transition to be accepted. The Death Café movement strives to counter the prevailing denial of death and take away the sting and fear of gazing into eternity. Presbyterians Today examines how Death Cafés may be catching on in some of our churches.