United Way of Western Connecticut (UWWC) is pleased to announce that the Youth Leadership Program of New Milford will merge with the Youth Volunteer Corps of Western Connecticut effective this fall.
The Youth Leadership Program of New Milford began over 20 years ago and has engaged over 465 New Milford high school juniors and seniors in community service and leadership development. Giles Vaughan, a longtime New Milford resident, business owner, and high school coach, facilitated the program since 1998 and has been instrumental in the program’s success. It is thanks to Giles’ leadership that this youth program has provided a strong foundation for student leadership and service learning in New Milford.
The Youth Volunteer Corps of Western Connecticut (YVC) is a service learning volunteer program for youth ages 11-18 in greater Danbury. Over the last six years, over 575 youth have participated in YVC. YVC engages youth in projects that are challenging, rewarding, and educational and promotes a lifetime ethic of service. YVC youth work on projects year round which include after school activities, weekend projects and a Summer of Service camp. The youth participate in a variety of team building activities and learn how to be effective leaders in their everyday lives.
The newly merged program will incorporate key aspects of the two programs: community service and the development of leadership skills. Both programs have operated under the umbrella of United Way of Western Connecticut, and the merge will increase the geographic footprint of the current Youth Volunteer Corps.
“We are pleased that the Youth Volunteer Corps of Western CT and the Youth Leadership Program of New Milford will now be a merged program,” said Kim Morgan, CEO of United Way of Western Connecticut. “This shift will increase the number of youth we serve across the region and provide additional opportunities for community service projects and service learning. Engaging youth in learning about the needs in their communities and the roles they can play in advocating for change is a key tenet of our work at United Way ”
Photo: Youth Leadership Program members with Morgan Greening, AmeriCorps team leader for the Youth Volunteer Corps of Western Connecticut