We celebrated a special milestone in Boston this year. Our 3-Day Youth Corps marked its tenth year with yet another extraordinary group of selfless and kind young people who supported our walkers and crew members. In 2013, our Youth Corps members will be bringing their special spirit and energy to every 3-Day across the country!
Robin Maxcy was one of the founders of the Boston 3-Day Youth Corps. Robin was a 3-Day coach for the very first Boston 3-Day, and led the Youth Corps program for six years. She has kept in touch with some of her Youth Corps members of the years, and in 2011, she organized the first ever Boston Youth Corps alumni cheering station!
Robin was inspired to create the Youth Corps program after her first experience on the 3-Day, seeing how meaningful it was for the walkers, crew and volunteers. “I wanted to bottle it all up and offer everyone a dose of 3-Day experience. It’s life-changing! I met an incredible 3-Day family that year. They included their daughter, Jessica, in some of the 3-Day experience, it was apparent to her dad and me that we needed a place for young people on the 3-Day. So the Youth Corps was born. Over the last ten years the members of the 3-Day community have all worked together to make the Youth Corps Team what it is today.”
Being a part of the Youth Corps is hard work, but it’s also a lot of fun. “One of the many cool things about being part of the Youth Corps is inspiring and energizing our walkers while out there. And you know what? The walkers inspire and energize the Youth Corps members, too!”
In their 10 years, Boston 3-Day Youth Corps members have raised over $200,000 – an amazing accomplishment! The secret to Youth Corps’ fundraising success is simple, according to Robin. “When you have a group of young people with a mission, anything is possible. They continue to raise the bar by reaching, and often exceeding their fundraising goals. Our members have found meaningful and creative ways to fundraise and spread awareness.”
As experienced 3-Day participants have witnessed, the Youth Corps plays a special part in the camp show on Saturday. “My favorite member every year is seeing the Youth Corp members on stage at the Saturday night Camp Show, sharing their stories. It’s incredibly powerful and moving.”
How does Robin describe the Youth Corps in three words? “Hopeful. Awesome. Family.”
Are you a Youth Corps Alumnus or family member? What is your favorite Youth Corps memory? Share your story in the comments below.