Well, next week is my last week of service as a Young Adult Volunteer (YAV). Most of the Work Site Managers around here are AmeriCorps, but I’m the lone wolf YAV over here. What is YAV, you say?
Well, since you asked, I’ll tell you!
YAV is a year-long adventure in which you work and serve a community in a town or city either domestically or internationally. You have to interview with the site leaders to mutually decide where you’ll be serving. You can be a tutor, work in a homeless shelter, tend to a community garden, or any number of awesome projects. But I think the best part is the intentional community in which you live. This year, I’m living with 7 other YAVs in a house way Uptown. We share a food budget, living space, and we have 4 bedrooms so we each share a room with one other person.
This year has completely changed my life and the way I view myself. We have learned how to live together, have looked into hard truths about who we are, and at how we can work to help the communities around us. I realize this is devolving into a nebulous gushing sesh, but I want to tell you all how amazing this year has been and I can’t wait to start back at Project Homecoming in September as an AmeriCorps myself. However, I will miss being a YAV. This past year has hands-down been the best year of my life so far. I can’t wait to see what the next one will bring!