Young Adult Volunteer Begins Service in Scotland

Each year, the presbytery’s World Mission Ministry contributes financially to support young people in the presbytery who join the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program.

In this ecumenical, faith-based year of service, individuals ages 19 to 30 help agencies around the world address root causes of poverty and reconciliation. Alongside this work, volunteers explore the meaning of their Christian faith and accountability to their neighbors in community with peers and mentors.

Helen Salita is the newest presbytery YAV and is serving in Scotland along with three other volunteers.

The daughter of Rev. Lisa Salita, who served churches in Presbytery of the James before taking a call to Delaware this fall, Helen graduated from the University of Mary Washington after studying history and political science. She most recently worked at Sojourners, a print and online magazine of faith, culture, and politics.

Salita is most looking forward to connecting with people during her time as a YAV. “Given this past year and a half where people have had to keep apart [due to COVID-19],” she said, “I’m looking forward to being with people and having the chance to form strong relationships.”

The program is accepting applications now for positions starting in Fall 2022. International assignments include Colombia, Peru, Philippines, Scotland, South Korea, and Zambia. U.S. assignments are available in Arizona, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Montana, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Texas, and Washington, D.C.

Helen Salita
Helen Salita

Find information about the YAV program.