The impact of volunteers, and how to attract and retain youth volunteers

September 21, 2017

David Battey, FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT, Youth Volunteer Corps

As President and Founder of YVC, David oversees programming and is a nationally recognized leader in the community service and youth development fields. As a political economy major at Williams College, he developed the initial YVC concept as part of his senior thesis. Using the thesis as a guide, he established the YVC of Greater Kansas City, sponsored by the local United Way. After operating the program for two years, David was hired by Youth Service America to begin national replication of the YVC model with seed funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which helped him eventually launch YVC as an independent nonprofit. In his free time, David enjoys traveling. He has visited more than 100 countries, but his favorite places are those off the beaten path such as Barrow, Alaska; Afghanistan; Cuba; North Korea; and rural Kansas.


1.       Keep volunteers busy.  There is nothing worse for a volunteer than to feel like they wasted their time.

2.       Let volunteers know how their service matters.  Even if the task is somewhat mundane, volunteers won’t mind if they understand the           importance of the task.

3.      Thank.  Recognize volunteers often and in personally meaningful ways.