There are many ways you can get involved with the Tucson Borderlands YAV program. Here are just a few!
Donate to support the YAVs
Young Adult Volunteers are required to raise a minimum of $4,000 to help support their year of service. These funds help pay rent on the community house, supply health insurance for the volunteers, and make the program possible! Your donation can be designated to support a particular volunteer or the program as a whole. Whatever the amount, your donation will help us offer opportunities for service to young adults for years to come. Thank you for participating in this mission of spiritual growth and service for young adults in the borderlands!
Follow the stories of current YAVs
Join the local Board of Directors
The Tucson Borderlands YAV program is guided locally by a Board of Directors made up of enthusiastic, thoughtful volunteers. The Board meets once a month to reflect on the work of the program, review the finances, and plan for future ministry. Board members commit to connecting with currently serving volunteers for fun and fellowship at least once during the YAV year of service, so that YAVs see that they are part of the larger body of Christ. Plus, we always have great snacks! Interested in being considered for Board service, or want to hear more? Email Board Chair Debbie Hobbs.
Apply to serve with the Young Adult Volunteer Program
The PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteer Program offers an opportunity for young adults between the ages of 18 and 30 to serve in communities of need for a year, practice simple living, explore vocational discernment, and discover new things about themselves, their faith, and the world. Learn more about national and international service sites here.
Each YAV experience is different—but all YAVs will participate in a mutual discernment process to be a part of the program, receive national and on-site orientation, work closely with mentors and peers, participate in vocational discernment activities, and integrate the whole experience at a transition retreat. All YAVs are eligible for health insurance and student loan assistance. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), you and your supporting congregation and presbytery, and some placement agencies share funding of this program. All volunteers are required to raise some of their financial support—the requirements for fundraising have been cut in half since 2013—to $4,000 for national service and $5,000 for international service.
Find out about application deadlines and apply here!
Apply to host a YAV at your church or non-profit organization
Tucson Borderlands YAVs work 32-36 hours each week with a Community Partner (spending the other 4-8 hours focused on intentional community). Community Partners are engaged in work focused on a wide range of issues, from food security to housing safety to community support and education. We are proud and honored to work with so many partners who are doing amazing things across Tucson! Interested in partnering with the Tucson Borderlands YAV site? Email the Site Coordinator to find out more.