Y-Corps is a service-learning program for students who want to make a difference in their communities and around the Commonwealth and country. The program incorporates the 4 types of service we emphasize at the Y: direct service, indirect service, philanthropy, and advocacy. Participants are required to perform 50 hours of direct/indirect service in their local communities, perform philanthropy by fundraising for our Scholarship Fund, and advocating for the Y-Corps teams with donors and individuals they meet during their experience.
The program culminates with an 8 to 10 day service trip around Kentucky or the Southern/Northern US (depending on the team):
|Service to the Commonwealth I||July 11-18, 2015|
|Service to the North||July 11-19, 2015|
|Service to the Commonwealth II||July 25 – August 1, 2015|
|Service to the South||July 25 – August 2, 2015|
Participants in the program form a cohort of passionate young people from across the state who have been exposed to the wide range of cultures, strengths, and needs that make up our Commonwealth and country.
Through a combination of hard work, cultural experiences, travel, self-discovery, and reflection, Y-Corps extends the Y’s mission into communities throughout our Commonwealth and beyond.
All Y-Corps participants are expected to perform at least 50 hours of direct community service, including a project as part of Global Youth Service Day. Students are encouraged to work together on projects, and may collaborate with their fellow team members, Student Y members, or other organizations in their schools and communities.
All service hours must be reported using the Service Report Form or they will not be counted towards your total!
2015 Service Deadline: June 5th, 2015
All funds raised by Y-Corps participants go directly to the KY YMCA Scholarship Fund, so each participant is expected to raise a certain number of scholarships depending on their years of Y-Corps experience:
|Year in Y-Corps||Minimum Scholarship Goal|
|1st Year||4 Scholarships (Total of $500)|
|2nd Year||6 Scholarships (Total of $750)|
|3rd Year||8 Scholarships (Total of $1,000)|
|4th Year & Captains||10 Scholarships (Total of $1,250)|
|2015 Fundraising Deadlines:|
|At least 50% of Goal – April 12th, 2015|
|At least 100% of Goal – June 5th, 2015|
To be effective at service and philanthropy, our Y-Corps members first hone their skills as advocates, both on behalf of the YMCA as well as on behalf of their Y-Corps teams. Storytelling is a foundational element of our advocacy training, and requires our students to consider their own Y stories, those of others, and how they can make their stories relevant and meaningful to those around them.