Community Development Works is a program of The Rapides Foundation

Youth Volunteerism

My Civic Life


Through the My Civic Life program, Community Development Works has partnered with 18 high schools in 4 local school districts for the 2022-2023 year to offer service clubs for students to engage in volunteer opportunities. The service clubs follow an evidence-based model developed by Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC) that is team-based, diverse, structured and flexible. During the YVC Club meetings, students discuss and identify needs that are unique to their individual communities and plan service projects to address those needs. The YVC Clubs also allow students a fun and convenient way to accrue service hours to receive the Community Service Diploma Endorsement offered by the Louisiana Department of Education. 

What is Youth Volunteer Corps?

Youth Volunteer Corps is a nonprofit organization that creates meaningful volunteer opportunities for youth ages 11-18. YVC’s mission is to promote a lifetime commitment to service in youth by providing quality service projects. Since 1987, nearly 300,000 YVC youth from diverse backgrounds have volunteered more than 4.5 million hours serving their local communities. Based in Kansas City, YVC has 37 programs across the United States and Canada. What sets YVC apart is an emphasis on quality. Any youth can call an organization and volunteer, but YVC’s team-based, supervised model based on service-learning offers a truly transformational experience.

Four Fundamental Goals of YVC

  1.     To engage teams of youth in volunteer service projects that are challenging, rewarding and educational;
  2.     To serve the needs of the community;
  3.     To promote among youth a greater understanding and appreciation for diversity in their community; and
  4.     To inspire youth to a lifetime ethic of service


Participating Schools

Natchitoches Parish

Lakeview High School
Natchitoches Parish Technical and Career Center

Vernon Parish

Pitkin High School
Hornbeck High School

Winn Parish

Atlanta High School
Dodson High School
Winnfield High School

Rapides Parish

Alexandria Senior High School
Bolton High School
Buckeye High School
Glenmora High School
Northwood High School
Oak Hill High School
Peabody Magnet High School
Pineville High School
Plainview High School
Rapides High School
Tioga High School

What is a Community Service Diploma Endorsement?

A Community Service Diploma Endorsement is one of three types of diploma endorsements that Louisiana high school students may earn upon graduation. Authorized by Act 295 of the 2012 Regular Session of the Legislature, local education agencies (LEAs) may award a Community Service Diploma Endorsement to students completing a minimum of 80 hours of documented community service hours by graduation. This voluntary diploma endorsement was established to:

• Engage students in their communities.
• Provide a process to apply what they have learned in a social setting.
• Provide opportunities for students to explore their interests, passions, and potential career aspirations in an engaged, hands-on environment.

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