YAV – 2015-16

The Young Adult Volunteer program is a one year service opportunity for young adults from 19 to 30 years. YAVs live in intentional Christian community, deepening and developing their faith while serving alongside partners in sites across the United States and around the world. YAVs serve for one academic year, August – July, as they explore God’s calling in their lives.

Volunteers are placed in community agencies or local churches, with jobs depending on the needs of partners and the skills of the Young Adult Volunteer. YAVs are exposed to some of the hardest problems in the world – poverty, violence and reconciliation, and sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ – while living and reflecting with other volunteers on the meaning and motivation of their Christian faith.


This year Nassau is sponsoring two YAV’s both of whom will be working in South Korea. Please join us in welcoming them to the Nassau family, read their blogs, send them encouraging email messages.


Emily KentEmily_Kent

Home church: Immanuel Anglican Church, Destin, Florida
YAV site: Korea (South)
Email: emkent@westmond.edu
Blog address: http://emilytheyav.tumblr.com/
Hi! I’m Emily, and I am excited to be part of the 2015/2016 YAV team to South Korea! Originally from North Florida, this May I graduated from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California where I majored in Philosophy and minored in English. While in school, I spent a semester living in San Francisco and interning at the Public Defender’s Office as a paralegal. My experiences there were invaluable, and opened my eyes to a variety of issues in our criminal justice system. I also love working with kids, and the past three summers I’ve worked at a PC(USA) camp called Dogwood Acres. Incidentally, this is where I heard about the YAV program and where I spent my last few months in the States working as an Assistant Director. I’m very excited to see what the next year will bring; the ways in which God will use me and teach me.



Alyson KungAlyson_Kung

Home church: Urban Village Church, Chicago, Illinois
YAV site: Korea (South)
Email: alyson.kung@gmail.com
Blog address: https://alygoestokorea.wordpress.com/
My name is Alyson! The youngest of four, I was born and raised in the Chicago land area. I went to the University of Illinois at Chicago and received my BFA in Industrial Design in 2013. During my time there I was heavily involved in the Asian American community, I was an orientation leader, and studied abroad to Melbourne, Australia. The Young Adult Volunteer program was an answer to a prayer for me. I hope to spend my life learning about people and culture, and dedicating my life to service to others. The YAV program provides a supportive first step into this world with a framework of reflection and social justice, and very importantly respect for those we work with. I have had two years time to reflect on if this was the path I’ve been called to walk, and now here I am.



Young Adult Volunteer – Korea

At the Korea YAV site, Korean university students volunteer alongside our YAVs at neighborhood children’s centers fighting to end poverty. YAVs experience life on a divided peninsula in conflict, meet Koreans working for reconciliation and relationships across a border and learn how US policies sometimes help but often hinder the peace process.

For more information about supporting Young Adult Volunteers, please contact Linda Carter, Mission Engagement Advisor, at linda.carter@pcusa.org or (502) 269-2219.