Youth Volunteer Corps of Greater Topeka wins national video competition

For Immediate Release

Aug. 22, 2013

Mike McLaughlin, Communications Director
Phone: 785.228.5117 | Cell: 816.591.1592

Youth Volunteer Corps of Greater Topeka wins national video competition

TOPEKA, KAN. – A promotional video created by members of the Youth Volunteer Corps of Greater Topeka has won a national YVC competition including $500 in awards. The video was created by five high school students on YVC’s Youth Advisory Council. Titled “YVC: Something for Everyone,” the video promotes how students who find themselves cast into different roles in school – from cheerleader to nerd, athlete, scout or troubled youth – come together through volunteering to reap the benefits of meeting new people and making new friends while giving back to their community. The video has earned the youths a $250 award for their YVC program and another $250 for their Youth Advisory Council.

The students who produced the video include Topeka High School juniors Savanna Whitaker and Elena Blum along with sophomore Tomasa Lake, and Shawnee Heights High School juniors Victoria Hennes and Ashleah Metcalf.

The video can be viewed at

The local YVC is sponsored by United Way of Greater Topeka. The chapter recently completed multiple projects throughout Topeka during July’s Month of Service.


Youth Volunteer Corps of Greater Topeka’s mission is to promote a lifetime commitment to service among youth by offering volunteer projects for youth ages 11 to 18 on Saturdays, after school, in school and during the summer. YVC of Greater Topeka is one of nearly 30 affiliates of Youth Volunteer Corps, headquartered in Kansas City. YVC engages young people from diverse backgrounds in service projects helping the community.


United Way brings together people, companies and nonprofits to create positive sustainable change in our community. By focusing on education, income and health, we help more children graduate and get stable jobs, help families become financially stable and improve the overall health of our community. United Way remains dedicated to Basic Needs including food, shelter, rent and utilities, health and prescription access and safety from domestic violence.