Applications are being accepted through August 15 for the 2022-2023 virtual Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) year.

Ten virtual YAVs (VYAVs) will work directly with Presbyterian Mission Agency leaders to learn how to do mission work in partnership, engage in vocational discernment, and take part in leadership development training. The program is open to young adults ages 19 to 35, and there is no cost for the virtual program.

Application information may be found here.

Virtual YAVs will begin interviewing September 1 with PMA ministry areas they are interested in serving. There will be a week of training before they begin working directly with ministry areas and spending time together monthly as a group. Virtual YAVs also will be given the opportunity to work directly with the ministry areas up to 19 hours a week for a stipend.

The virtual YAV program was created during the COVID pandemic for the 2020-2021 year. Adapting quickly to the contextual realities was difficult, but according to participants, the virtual format challenged them and helped them grown. 

Learn more about the virtual YAV program in an article published June 16, 2022 by Kathy Melvin of the Presbyterian News Service.

The YAV program is a Matthew 25 ministry, and addresses the three areas of focus passed by the 222nd General Assembly (2016); building congregational vitality, dismantling structural racism and eradicating systemic poverty.