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Young Adult Volunteers
Living into the new year

Greetings! I hope these words find you well as we continue adapting to COVID-19 and moving forward as one community. As we live into this new year, we are leaning in and awaiting how we can be faithful partners in ministry to young adults. We are grateful that our first-ever virtual orientation and YAV Commissioning Services went successfully, with only minor technology issues. Living and leaning into something new, you learn to be fully open and present into allowing the spirit to lead you through ministry. I am grateful for the YAVs, site coordinators, YAV alums and service partners that assisted us in completing the fruitful orientation. All of the YAVs arrived safely to their in-person placements in August at seven of our national sites and two of our international sites — Scotland and South Korea. I am grateful that we are still able to offer "a year of service for a lifetime of change" for the 30 young adults who engaged in our program this year.

Despite being able to have an in-person year, the Peru site offered a virtual year engaging two Peruvian young adults! This exciting cross-cultural mission experience has been an enriching one, not only for the Peruvian YAVs but for all who are participating this year. We have found ways to ensure that the Peruvian YAVs are able to lift up their experience around race, poverty and congregational vitality and fully contribute by having them be a part of orientation. The Peru-based YAVs shared that they have learned so much from looking at social justice through the Matthew 25 lens and appreciate the opportunity to be a part of the 2021–22 YAV year! I for one hope that we can continue to be a connectional church and find creative solutions to continue equipping young adults with the ministry discernment all over the world.

We are enthusiastic that we are now recruiting for another in-person YAV experience for the 2022–23 year. At this time, we will be offering this opportunity at all of our national sites and two of our international sites — Colombia and Scotland. We hope that you share this amazing opportunity with any young adult between the ages of 19 to 30 that you know! As we continue to lean into what the spirit has for us, we ask that you continue to pray for our current YAV class as they continue their journey and encourage you to read their blogs, we ask that you pray that we have another successful year where we are able to walk alongside young adults in ministry, and lastly we ask that you continue to financially support our program with your contribution.

We are on this journey together.

Destini Hodges coordinator
Young Adult Volunteers

Hodges named permanent YAV coordinator

Destini Hodges was named permanent coordinator for the Young Adult Volunteer Program in November, after serving as its interim coordinator during a tri-pandemic of race, poverty, and COVID-19 over the past 12 months.

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Jamie Raskinat
Tucson YAVs demand end to Title 42

Tucson Borderland YAVs joined with partner organization Tucson Mennonite Voluntary Service to demand removal of the federal policy that has expelled more than 1.2 million asylum seekers since the pandemic started. (Photo by Alison Wood)

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Peruvian YAVs break new ground

For the first time in the program’s 30-year history, the Peru YAV site is staffed by Peruvian YAVs who live at home and work for two partner organizations in Lima. The two YAVs serve with site coordinator Jenny Valles Koball.

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Mark your calendar for Presbyterian Youth Triennium 2022

Presbyterian Youth Triennium 2022 will be held on the campus of Purdue University in Indianapolis on July 24–27. Now that we are less than a year away, it’s time for Presbyterian youth and young adults to make plans to attend this life-changing Matthew 25-focused event. The theme of the 2022 Triennium is "When did we see you?" (Matthew 25:31–46). (Photo by Rich Copley)

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New Orleans YAVs provide hurricane relief

Following Hurricane Ida’s landfall in August, 2021, the New Orleans YAV site turned a learning relationship with the Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe into a service opportunity.

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Financial support for the YAV program

Please consider giving to the YAV program through a monthly or one-time gift to care for young adults engaged in "a year of service for a lifetime of change."

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Matthew 25 Church

The Young Adult Volunteer program, a ministry of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), is an ecumenical, one-year service opportunity for young adults ages 19 to 30. For nearly three decades, YAVs have listened for God’s call in their lives, while serving alongside partners at sites in the United States and around the world. YAVs live in intentional Christian communities developing and deepening their faith through service. Learn more about this transformative year at

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Matthew 25 Church
We invite you to join us on this journey to become a Matthew 25 church

In Matthew 25, the call is loud and clear: we must actively engage in the world around us, so our faith comes alive and we wake up to new possibilities. Becoming a Matthew 25 church involves working to build congregational vitality, dismantle structural racism and eradicate systemic poverty. Over 1,000 churches, mid councils and groups have accepted the Matthew 25 invitation. You too can help our denomination become a more relevant presence in the world.

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