Miles Green, 25, of Lansing, Michigan, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Ukraine on March 13 to begin training as a youth in development volunteer. Green will work in secondary institutions, sports departments, and rehabilitation centers to provide Ukrainian youth from underserved communities with knowledge and skills to integrate into a global community and live healthy, meaningful lives.
“After looking into the Peace Corps and educating myself on the mission and focus, I quickly learned that this program would be the perfect challenge that would enable me to flex the skills I have acquired during my working career,” said Green. I also hope that I will be gaining valuable life experience while immersing myself in a new culture and sharing my own.”
Green is the son of Kelly Kitchen of Old Town Lansing, Michigan, and a 2009 graduate of Holt High School. He went on to graduate from Michigan State University in May 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies with an emphasis evaluation and technology. As an undergraduate at MSU, Green played lacrosse, was a member of the debate team, engaged in theater and played in a metal band.
“My university had a wonderful international education program that heightened my interest in working abroad,” said Green. “During my senior year I was able to take some classes that focused on international and global affairs. I met some very intelligent people who had done international work and shared some great stories and experiences. The passion they shared in regards to their past experiences and future ventures ignited within me the courage to seek work in international affairs.”
During his first three months of service, Green will live with a host family in Ukraine to become fully immersed in the country’s language and culture. After acquiring the necessary skills to assist his community, Green will be sworn into service and be assigned to a community in Ukraine, where he will live and work for two years with the local people.
Green joins the 239 Michigan residents currently serving in the Peace Corps. More than 7,376 Michigan residents have served as volunteers since the agency was created in 1961.
About Peace Corps/Ukraine: There are more than 210 volunteers in Ukraine working with their communities on projects in youth development, education, and community economic development. During their service in Ukraine, volunteers learn to speak Russian and Ukrainian. More than 3,005 Peace Corps volunteers have served in Ukraine since the program was established in 1992.