"YVC has definitely prepared me for my future. It's given me insight on how to not only look for service projects in my community, but it's made me think about other people more. It's made me think about how I can help to affect change in my community. It's provided me with the skills to do a service project and to collaborate with others in my community. It's taught me to look outside of myself and the sense of gratitude that comes from helping people is amazing. It's a wonderful and gratifying feeling--I absolutely love it."
"Before YVC I wasn't very connected to nature. I never realized there were polluted rivers or global warming. Through YVC, I've learned that there is so much you can do to change your community and change your environment. We're not just learning about it, we're actually going out to improve our waterways. I came up with the idea of doing a clean-up day in the river harbor at low-tide, when all the trash comes in, where we have a lot of skiffs. We had YVC volunteers come in and it was a lot of fun because we were able to teach them how to row and the basics about river conservation and safety. The Delaware River gets a bad rap in the city of Philadelphia. A lot of people think that it's dirty, but through the program I was able to learn that we can fix it."
While interning at the Independence Seaport Museum, Dante (second in from right) put together the river education and volunteer cleanup day described above for his fellow YVC Philly students.