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Being a Young Adult Volunteer means living a year you’ll never forget. What do YAVs do? Typically, they participate in the following:
- They serve for one year in communities of need in the United States and around the world.
- They meet regularly for prayer and Bible study.
- They work with mentors to explore and grow in their expression of their Christian faith.
- They build each other up as Disciples of Jesus Christ.
- They are supported in their faith journey through orientation and an end-of-term debriefing event.
All YAVs work on issues of addressing the root causes of poverty, sharing the good news of the gospel, and working for reconciliation in cultures of violence, including our own.
International: February 14
Domestic: Rolling placement until May 15
One to two years. August – August. Can reapply for a second year, and many do.
Fifteen domestic locations and seven international.
Funding & Benefits
Stipend: Simple living stipend, varies by site.
Fundraising: Required. Minimum commitment is $3000 for national placement and $4000 for international.
AmeriCorps Education Awards: No
Loan Forbearance: Usually
Other financial benefits: Student loan grants
Intentional living community: Yes, all sites form a house covenant outlining expectations of the community. YAVs living in intentional Christian community and practice simple living.
Travel and Transportation: Provided, including to and from site.
Health Insurance: Provided
Other benefits: Discernment, Orientation, and post-service event costs covered
Mission & Distinctives
a year of service for a lifetime of change
The Young Adult Volunteer program is a one year service opportunity for young adults from 19 to 30 years. YAVs live in Christian community, deepening and developing their faith while serving in communities of need. The YAV program has sites around the United States and around the world, and YAVs serve for one academic year, August – July.
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 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.
- To experience living in intentional Christian community — Whether or not the young adults live under the same roof, they explore what it means to be a Christian community.
- To focus on spiritual formation — Through the mentorship of site coordinators and fellow interns, young adults reflect on their experiences and explore their relationship to the church and their ministry in a broken world.
- To engage young adults in the church’s mission — The church seeks to provide opportunities for young adults to serve the church and their communities. Young adults experience and develop leadership within communities of faith. With training and support, they can provide leadership in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and in the ecumenical church.
- To assist YAVs in vocational discernment.
- To be present in communities of need and to facilitate young adults’ engagement in communities of need.
19-30 years old
Yes, YAVs need to be Christian and willing to explore their faith throughout the year. No denominational requirements.
Can a non-believer feel welcome and accepted?
YAVs work in a variety of interfaith settings, but to participate in the program, must be a part of the Christian faith
Are there religious activities that members are required to do?
YAVs commit to being a part of a spiritual community during the year. Some YAVs will work in church placements.
- Northern Ireland
- South Korea
- Chinook, MT
- Little Rock
- New Orleans
- San Antonio
- Washington DC