My name is Jake Crowther and I am going into my second year of serving with the Young Adult Volunteer program, Presbyterian Church (USA). This program gives young adults the opportunity of a year of service, simple living, and intentional community either domestically or internationally. I will be moving to Austin Texas, where I will be working, and learning with Grassroots Leadership. This non-profit has many areas working to change policy in regards to incarceration, private prisons and immigration issues. If you have any personal questions you’d like to ask, or you just want to hear an update on what has been going on, feel free to email me at jcrowth@clemson.edu. I would love to hear from you all and have the chance to share more of my story!

If you are interested in learning more about the Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program, you can go to https://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/yav/yavexperience/. If you are looking for ways to support me, there are various ways to do that. The number one way is through prayer; this year will challenge me in many ways and prayerful support for each of you is necessary and incredibly helpful. You can also support me financially two different ways.

You can send a check directly to Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary attn.: Office of Admissions, 100 East 27th St, Austin, TX  787052. All checks should include a notation indicating that the funds are to support AYAVA House, not me personally. Don’t worry, I will receive all donations meant for me. 

You can also make donations online. 

Go to our website www.austinseminary.edu

-There are blue tabs running across the top of the website (Academics, Admissions, Community Life, etc).  Click on the tab labeled “Giving.”

-You will be sent to a page with two blue tabs on the right hand side of the page.  Click on the tab labeled “Make an Online Gift”

-Pick an amount to donate, or fill in an amount you wish to donate

-For the box marked “Designation”, use the pull down menu to pick “Other”

-Under Additional Information, indicate that it is a one-time gift (unless you want it to be recurring) and in the section for Comments please write “AYAVA HOUSE.”  Please DO NOT designate the name of an individual YAV, but do know our YAVs will be made aware of your gift.

-Continue by filling out the payment information and the billing information and then click “Submit Gift”

-The gift will be acknowledged first by the Seminary, and then later by your personal connection to the YAV program.


All donations are tax deductible. The goal of each national YAV is to raise $3,000 throughout our year of service. Any and all help is greatly appreciated, as the YAV program is a great example of the Church and a wonderful opportunity for all of us and the future YAVs.


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