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Local Youth Selected to Serve on International Youth Advisory Board

Ava Reese, 12, to represent Youth Volunteer Corps of Manhattan

Manhattan, Kansas – A local youth has been selected to serve on Youth Volunteer Corps’ (YVC) International Youth Advisory Board and to represent the local YVC on an international level. Ava, a 7th grade at Anthony Middle School, has served 171 hours with YVC and was selected as one of 21 youth to serve on the International Youth Advisory Board.

“The International Youth Advisory Board is such a valuable part of YVC. We really value their input and leadership,” said David Battey, president and founder of YVC. “We love seeing all that can be achieved when outstanding youth from throughout the U.S. and Canada come together.”

Ava will serve a one-year term as an International Youth Advisory Board member providing input on all aspects of YVC programming on an international level while also bringing new ideas back to YVC in Manhattan. Board meetings will take place remotely once a month with the exception of one in-person meeting at the YVC Summit in October. Ava will travel to Kansas City, Mo., to represent YVC of Manhattan at the conference.

“I’m so excited for this opportunity to represent my community on an international level,” Ava said. “Volunteering with YVC of Manhattan has had a great impact on my life, and I look forward to meeting youth from other communities.”

More than 7,000 youth volunteer with YVC each year throughout communities in the U.S. and Canada, and these 21 board members will be representing each of these volunteers on the board.

Youth Volunteer Corps of Manhattan focuses on promoting a lifetime commitment to service among youth by offering volunteer projects for youth ages 11 to 18 on Saturdays, after school, in school and during the summer. YVC of Manhattan, hosted by the Flint Hills Volunteer Center, is one of more than 30 affiliates of Youth Volunteer Corps, headquartered in Kansas City. For 4 years, YVC of Manhattan has engaged young people from diverse backgrounds in service projects helping the community. Nearly 50 youth served 1,059 hours with YVC of Manhattan during the last program year. Find more information at www.flinthillsvolunteercenter.com

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