Youth Volunteer Corps

Summer of Service 2012
OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA

FAQs
-What is the Youth Volunteer Corps Summer of Service?
Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC) is a program of Volunteer Southern Arizona that engages youth ages 11-18 in meaningful service learning projects in the Greater Tucson area. Projects are led by AmeriCorps members and impact community issues such as education, emergency preparedness, environment, health, and leadership. This summer holds eight weeks of intensely meaningful and fun-packed service projects. These projects generally take place Monday through Thursday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

-How do I get involved?
You can start by coming to our summer registration event on May 12, 2012! The event will take place at 3130 N. Dodge Blvd. and will start at 10:00 AM and end at 4:00 PM. Be sure to arrive early for guaranteed registration in the project that interests you most! At the event, you will learn everything you will need to know about our summer service projects. If you miss our registration have no fear! You can visit Volunteer Southern Arizona at 3130 N. Dodge from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday, call us at (520) 881-3300, or visit our website at www.volunteersoaz.org (click on “Programs” and scroll down to “YouthNow! Collaboration and Youth Volunteer Corps”). Next, choose the projects you want to sign up for.

-How much does it cost?
YVC summer projects have a registration fee of $100. There are full and partial scholarships available.

-More questions?
Give us a call! You can contact a team leader at (520) 881-3300; we will be more than happy to answer any questions!

Above: YVC Team Leaders (from left to right): Erin Kowalsky - Emergency Preparedness, Bridgette Schneck - Environment, Melissa Godar - Leadership, Jessica Lohman - Health, and Leigh Moyer - Education.

Week 1: May 29-31
Habitat for Humanity
Dates/Times: Tuesday through Thursday 6:00 AM to 12:00 PM Location: 7169 S. Vuelta Silueta Tucson, AZ 85756 Spots Available: 24 Contact: Leigh Moyer @ 881-3300 x124 or lmoyer@volunteersoaz.org Important Info: Must be 16 years of age or older and fill out additional waiver prior to project. Please bring a sack lunch, wear closed toe shoes and jeans, bring a refillable water bottle, and wear sunscreen.
Want to lend a hand to a family in need? Well, here is your chance! Help build a new, stable home for those in need. Be a part of a group that has housed over 2 million people in over 500,000 decent, affordable homes. Come help build a home, help a family, and learn new skills!

Caring Companions
Dates/Times: Tuesday through Thursday 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Location: Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging 2221 N. Rosemont Blvd Spots Available: 20 Contact: Jessica Lohman @ 881-3300 x117 or jlohman@volunteersoaz.org Important Info: Lunch will be provided Tuesday through Thursday.

Discovering Diversity
Dates/Times: Tuesday through Thursday 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Location: Tuesday: Desert Ashram, 3403 W. Sweetwater Dr. Wednesday: Ward 6 Council Bldg., 3202 E. 1st St. Thursday: YWCA, 525 N. Bonita Ave. Spots Available: 25 Contact: Melissa Godar @ 881-3300 x117 or mgodar@volunteersoaz.org Important Info: Must be 13 years of age or older. Please bring a lunch Wednesday and Thursday. Lunch will be provided on Tuesday. On Tuesday and Thursday wear clothes appropriate to working outside. Please bring a water bottle.

Be a caring companion and discover how easy it can be to brighten the day of a senior citizen! We will spend the week at Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging where you will meet the amazing people. Kick off the week by getting to know the residents at a carnival themed party complete with face painting and treats! Each day you will interact with the residents in new and exciting ways- help them make mosaic flower pots, play pool, bingo and more! By the end of the week, you will have the chance to perform a creative piece for residents who are experiencing the early signs of memory loss. If you have a passion for caring, then this project is for you.

Challenge your perceptions and discover the diversity in Tucson by helping at three local organizations that serve minority groups. At Desert Ashram (a universal monestary, meditation, and retreat center) we will be building a garden. We will go from creating a peaceful environment to creating peace for people living with HIV/ AIDS. TIHAN, Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network, will show us how to make HIV/AIDS ribbons, origami cranes, and care packages for those who are living with HIV. Our final day will be spent with YWCA working in their garden.

Week 2: June 4-7
Garden for Good
Dates/Times: Monday throughThursday 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Location: Sunnyside Neighborhood Association Community Garden 5901 S Fiesta Tucson, AZ Spots Available: 20 Contact: Jessica Lohman @ 881-3300 x117 or jlohman@volunteersoaz.org Important Info: Please bring a sack lunch each day and a water bottle. Wear comfortable clothes, closed toe shoes, sunscreen, and bring a hat.

Do you love being outdoors and getting your hands dirty? Come join us in the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association Community Garden! Plant some veggies and get active with us as we learn basic gardening techniques. By helping in the garden, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you helped families in the Sunnyside neighborhood gain access to healthy foods! We will also create artwork for the garden and learn about recycling.

Left: Previous Project - Sunnyside Community Peace Garden Above: Previous Project - Beat Back Buffelgrass

Week 3: June 11-14

Left: Previous Project - Paint Against Graffiti Above: Previous Project - Leave No Trace! Below: Previous Project - Give a Horse a Hand

Through the Looking Glass
Dates/Times: Monday through Thursday 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Location: Sonoran Glass Art Academy 633 W. 18th St. Spots Available: 24 Contact: Bridgette Schneck @ 881-3300 x124 or bschneck@volunteersoaz.org Important Info: Additional waiver must be signed. Please bring a sack lunch each day and a water bottle. Wear comfortable clothes, closed toe shoes, sunscreen, and bring a hat.

Would you like to create art using glass? Sonoran Glass Art Academy does exactly that! Join us as we create glass mosaic panels and help with a sculpture garden. Many glass blowing and glass art projects occur at Sonoran Glass Art Academy year round, so come join the fun! Help the community by making art for all to enjoy and doing some gardening work.

Week 4: June 18-21
Save a Drop
Dates/Times: Monday through Thursday 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Location: Monday - Wednesday: 4210 N. Campbell Ave. Thursday: 2205 S. 4th Ave. Spots Available: 20 Contact: Erin Kowalsky @ 881-3300 x121 or ekowalsky@volunteersoaz.org Important Info:

Arizona 100 and You!
Dates/Times: Monday through Thursday 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Location: Arizona Historical Society 949 E. 2nd St. Spots Available: 24 Contact: Leigh Moyer @ 881-3300 x124 or lmoyer@volunteersoaz.org Important Info:

Please bring a lunch and a water bottle. Throughout Please bring a lunch and a water bottle. On the week wear comfortable clothing that can get dirty, Wednesday and Thursday, please wear clothes closed toe shoes, and sunscreen. appropriate to work outside and sunscreen.

Water in Tucson?! We sure do have it! Learn how to harvest it and conserve it. Spend a week with REALM Environments and University of Arizona Cooperative Extension as we learn all different techniques, both indoor and outdoor, then finish the week off by painting and installing cisterns! Learn about healthy food and be a part of a new farm!

Arizona turned 100 this year! Celebrate your state and your community by learning about Arizona's history and working in and around Tucson's great museums. We will visit the Arizona Historical Society Museum at the U of A, viewing the exhibits, learning how history is preserved and taught and take care of some artifacts of our own. We will also spend time at the Fort Lowell Museum, where a park clean up might just lead to a treasure hunt; hint, hint. Make a little of your own history this summer!

Above: Previous Project - Sunnyside Community Peace Garden

Week 5: June 25-28

Above: Previous Project - Get Back our Gardens

Clean & Beautiful Colossal Cave Mountain Park
Dates/Times: Monday through Thursday 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Location: Colossal Cave Mountain Park 16721 E. Spanish Trail Dr. Spots Available: 24 Contact: Bridgette Schneck @ 881-3300 x124 or bschneck@volunteersoaz.org Important Info: Dates/Times:

Role Models
Monday through Thursday 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Location: Casa de los Ninos 1101 N. 4th Ave. Spots Available: 18 Contact: Jessica Lohman @ 881-3300 x117 or jlohman@volunteersoaz.org Important Info:

Please bring a lunch and a water bottle. Throughout Must be 16 years of age or older to participate in this the week wear comfortable clothing that can get dirty, project. Please bring a sack lunch and water bottle closed toe shoes, sunscreen, and bring a hat. each day. Wear comfortable shoes.

Interested in exploring Colossal Cave Mountain Park? Well here’s your chance! Come explore the park by helping with trail maintenance, removing buffelgrass, and helping with the gardens. Colossal Cave Mountain Park preserves our natural resources and native plants and animals. Don’t miss out on this educational and interesting adventure where we get to tour the cave for free!

Young children crave role models in their life. Step up and be a positive one for the children of Casa de los Ninos! Casa de los Ninos provides a safe environment for children who have been abused, neglected or at-risk. Join us as we lead an animal themed day camp experience for children who deserve it. We will learn about and play with insects, interact with animals from the Desert Museum, take a trip to the zoo, and so much more!

Week 6: July 9-12
Home Away From Home
Dates/Times: Monday through Thursday 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Location: 3482 E. River Rd . Tucson, AZ 85718 Spots Available: 24 Contact: Leigh Moyer @ 881-3300 x124 or lmoyer@volunteersoaz.org Important Info: Please bring a lunch and a water bottle. Throughout the week wear clothing that you will be comfortable working in and closed toe shoes.

Taking Charge of Tohono Chul
Dates/Times: Monday through Thursday 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Location: Tohono Chul Park 7366 N. Paseo Del Norte Spots Available: 24 Contact: Bridgette Schneck @ 881-3300 x124 or bschneck@volunteersoaz.org Important Info: Please bring a lunch and a water bottle. Wear clothes you can get dirty, closed toe shoes, sunscreen, and bring a hat.

“Home sweet home” is not something that most people have to worry about, but for some people, they can't go home. Lend a hand to refugees by harvesting and canning fruits or vegetables and celebrating the cultures that have come to the US. With the International Rescue Committee and Iskashitaa, learn about refugees in Tucson and how to harvest wild food in your community. Celebrate with new friends at a Welcome Party at the end of the week!

Take charge of the gardens and trails throughout Tohono Chul Park. Enjoy the outdoors while helping to preserve the park’s environment. We will be helping with trail maintenance, doing some gardening, and making sure Tohono Chul Park can continue to be beautiful. We will celebrate our progress at the end of the week with an invitation out to all the parents for a small party.

Above: Previous Project - Be Prepared!

Week 7: 16-19

Left: Previous Project - Give a Horse A hand Above: Previous Project - CPR with UMC Below: Previous Project - Vet Bingo

Give a Horse a Hand
Dates/Times: Monday through Thursday 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Location: If riding in the van meet at 3130 N. Dodge Blvd. If meeting at Equine Voices meet at 1540 W. Dove Way, Amado, AZ from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM Spots Available: 20 Contact: Melissa Godar @ 881-3300 x117 or mgodar@volunteersoaz.org Important Info: Please bring a lunch and a water bottle each day. Wear clothes for working outside, closed toe shoes, sunscreen and bring a hat. 13 spots are available for transportation. Must complete extra waiver.
Come out and get hands on helping at Jumpin’ Jack Ranch with Equine Voices Rescue and Sanctuary. The horses there have spent most of their lives being mistreated, but now they have a safe place to live. We’re going to help this organization by mucking corrals (picking up poop), cleaning water troughs and horse equipment, weeding, working on their garden, and most importantly, providing the horses with positive human interaction so they can learn to trust again. You will receive safety training so that you can be around the horses.

Safety First
Dates/Times: Monday through Thursday 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Location: Monday: Police Department, 101 W. Miracle Mile Tuesday: Santa Rose Library, 1075 S. 10th Ave. Wednesday: Red Cross, 2916 E. Broadway Thursday: Santa Rose Library, 1075 S. 10th Ave. and House of Neighborly Service, 243 W. 33rd St. Spots Available: 20 Contact: Erin Kowalsky @ 881-3300 x117 or ekowalsky@volunteersoaz.org Important Info: Please bring a lunch and water bottle daily and wear clothes that you can get wet on Thursday.
Earthquake! Fire! Tsunami! Oh, my! Curious about how Tucson responds to an emergency? Take a week with the Tucson Police Department, Rural/Metro Fire, and the Red Cross to learn all about Tucson’s disaster relief. You’ll spend some time touring a fire truck and ambulance, getting a first-hand look at how the Red Cross prepares for an emergency, and you’ll round out the week teaching the youngsters at House of Neighborly Service what you learned. Safety first!

Week 8: July 23-26
Rebuilding Together
Dates/Times: Monday through Thursday 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Location: 3700 S. Calle Polar Tucson, AZ 85707 Spots Available: 20 Contact: Bridgette Schneck @ 881-3300 x124 or bschneck@volunteersoaz.org Important Info: Please bring a sack lunch, wear closed toe shoes and jeans, bring a refillable water bottle, wear clothes you can get dirty, and apply sunscreen.

Come help not only transform a home, but a life with Rebuilding Together. Give a homeless veteran a chance to have a home by helping with the renovation of a house. We will be learning basic construction techniques, painting both the interior and exterior, cleaning, and doing yard work throughout the week.

A Week of Wellness
Dates/Times: Monday through Thursday 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Location: House of Neighborly Services 243 W. 33rd St. Spots Available: 20 Contact: Jessica Lohman @ 881-3300 x117 or jlohman@volunteersoaz.org Important Info: Please bring a sack lunch and a water bottle each day. Wear clothes that you feel comfortable exercising in.

Make Our Neighborhood Shine
Dates/Times: Monday through Thursday 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM Location: Catalina Magnet High School 3645 E. Pima St. Spots Available: 20 Contact: Erin Kowalsky @ 881-3300 x117 or ekowalsky@volunteersoaz.org Important Info: Please bring a sack lunch and water bottle each day. Wear clothes that can get dirty, closed toe shoes, and on Thursday, bring a bathing suit and a towel!

Are you in to sports, exercise or eating healthy? Come join us at House of Neighborly Services as we teach young children about active and nutritious lifestyles! Help build an obstacle course for the children, cook a healthy snack with them, and teach them what it really means to be healthy. We will celebrate your service with some water balloon action on the last day!

Ever watch something go from shabby to chic? Well, now you can be involved! Help the Palo Verde Neighborhood clean up, remove buffelgrass, teach residents about safety in their neighborhood by writing an e-newsletter, and lots more!

Greater Tucson Youth Leadership
What is Greater Tucson Youth Leadership?
The nationally recognized Greater Tucson Youth Leadership Program is a dynamic collaboration among Volunteer Southern Arizona, the YouthNow! Collaboration, and influential community leaders. The Youth Leadership Institute is a two-week summer program based upon Greater Tucson Leadership’s issue-day model. Each day youth participants will be exposed to important issues facing our community through exploratory trips and discussions with high-level leaders. Youth will leave with a greater interest in civic engagement, confidence in their leadership abilities, knowledge about the issues that are important to them, and a personal leadership plan. Youth must commit to both weeks and attend all sessions. Youth must be nominated for this program. Self-nominations will be accepted. Nomination forms can be found on our website at www.volunteersoaz.org or by contacting a team leader at 881-3300. Nominations will be accepted on a rolling basis, but due to high interest there is a suggested deadline of May 12th.
What: Greater Tucson Youth Leadership Summer Leadership Institute Who: High school age youth (incoming freshmen to incoming seniors) When: June 4-15, 2012 Monday through Friday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Where: City High School 48 Pennington St. Cost: $300-scholarships are available and some lunches will be provided How to Sign Up: Parents/Teachers nominate youth! Youth nominate yourself! Go online to get a nomination form at www.volunteersoaz.org or call 881-3300 x117 Spots Available: 25

Above: Youth Advisory Council shooting a Public Service Announcement.

Join our Luau and get signed up for summer!
Come register for Youth Volunteer Corps summer projects taking place May through July! Don’t forget to bring a parent or guardian. When: May 12, 2012 Where: 3130 N. Dodge Blvd. Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

(520) 881-3300

TUCSON,AZ 85716 3130 N. Dodge Blvd. VOLUNTEER SOUTHERN ARIZONA YOUTH VOLUNTEER CORPS

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