Minnesota Ranks Among Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing States in 2016

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Today, Peace Corps announced that the Twin Cities region, which includes Minneapolis, St. Paul and Bloomington, ranks No. 5 among the top metropolitan areas with the highest number of Peace Corps volunteers. The state of Minnesota also ranks No. 5 among states with the highest number of Peace Corps volunteers per 100,000 residents. There are 180 volunteers from the Twin Cities and 232 volunteers from Minnesota currently serving worldwide. Since the agency’s founding in 1961, 6,753 Minnesotans have served in the Peace Corps.

“During my time leading the Peace Corps, I have seen the tremendous impact that volunteers have when they share their unique hometown perspectives with the communities they serve,” said Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet. “Volunteers represent our nation’s rich diversity by coming from all corners of the U.S. They are able to share our nation’s rich cultural heritage with communities around the world, leaving a legacy of peace and friendship that is timeless.”

This is the fourth straight year Minnesota has ranked among the top 10 states with the highest number of Peace Corps volunteers per 100,000 residents. The Twin Cities have consistently ranked among the top 10 metropolitan areas, and this year marks the region’s first appearance among the top five. Minnesota and the Twin Cities region have been rising in the ranks for the past three years. Volunteers from the Land of 10,000 Lakes are among the more than 225,000 Americans who have served around the world as agriculture, community economic development, education, environment, health and youth in development volunteers since 1961.  Continue reading “Minnesota Ranks Among Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing States in 2016”

Michigan Ranks Among Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing States in 2016

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Today, Peace Corps announced that Michigan ranks No. 10 among states with the highest number of Peace Corps volunteers. There are 239 volunteers from Michigan currently serving worldwide, and 7,376 Michigan residents have served in the Peace Corps since the agency’s founding in 1961.

“During my time leading the Peace Corps, I have seen the tremendous impact that volunteers have when they share their unique hometown perspectives with the communities they serve,” said Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet. “Volunteers represent our nation’s rich diversity by coming from all corners of the U.S. They are able to share our nation’s rich cultural heritage with communities around the world, leaving a legacy of peace and friendship that is timeless.”

This year marks Michigan’s return to the top 10 rankings since their last appearance in 2013. Earlier this year, the University of Michigan ranked among the top 10 large undergraduate schools and top five graduate schools in producing the most Peace Corps volunteers. Michigan volunteers are among the more than 225,000 Americans who have served around the world as agriculture, community economic development, education, environment, health and youth in development volunteers since 1961.  Continue reading “Michigan Ranks Among Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing States in 2016”

Western Illinois University Celebrates 22 Years of Peace Corps Partnership with Two New Graduate Programs

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The Peace Corps and Western Illinois University (WIU) today announced the addition of two new graduate degrees under their Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program. Now, students will be able to pursue graduate degrees in liberal arts and sciences, and community and economic development. Previously, WIU has offered a degree in rural community and economic development through their Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, which has been a staple at the school for 22 years.

“We are delighted to partner with WIU to support our returned Volunteers as they pursue higher education and continue their commitment to service,” Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet. “Communities are moved forward by the selflessness of Volunteers, and returned Peace Corps Volunteers have unique skills and experiences to offer their local communities.” Continue reading “Western Illinois University Celebrates 22 Years of Peace Corps Partnership with Two New Graduate Programs”

Peace Corps and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Announce New Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program

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The Peace Corps and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) today announced the launch of a new Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program that will provide graduate school fellowships to returned Peace Corps Volunteers. All program Fellows will complete internships in underserved American communities while they complete their studies, allowing them to bring home and expand upon the skills they learned as Volunteers.

“We are delighted to partner with TCSPP to support our returned Volunteers as they pursue higher education and continue their commitment to service,” said Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet. “Communities are moved forward by the selflessness of Volunteers, and returned Peace Corps Volunteers have unique skills and experiences to offer their local communities.”

The Fellows Program at TCSPP will be housed in the International Psychology Online Program, and available to students pursuing a master’s degree in international psychology (IP). Students in the program examine the social, political, and psychological issues that impact the world.
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Recruiters Bring Peace Corps to HBCUs and MSIs Throughout Mississippi

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Peace Corps recruiters Natalie Felton and Stephanie Wade made their way across Mississippi to visit historically black colleges/universities and minority serving institutions.

Peace Corps recruiters Natalie Felton and Stephanie Wade recently wrapped up the first Peace Car tour of minority serving institutions and historically black colleges and universities throughout the Mississippi area.

The educational tour, which began Oct. 13, made stops at Tougaloo College, Mississippi State University, Coahoma Agriculture High School, Delta State University, Mississippi Valley State University, Alcorn State University, Belhaven University, and Jackson State University in an effort to reach qualified, underserved communities.

“The true inspiration for this tour derived from wanting to reach and share the possibility of Peace Corps as a postgraduate or post-retirement opportunity with diverse groups,” Felton said. “This led to personalized and intimate conversations with students on a career path that could take their collegiate experience overseas.” Continue reading “Recruiters Bring Peace Corps to HBCUs and MSIs Throughout Mississippi”

Peace Corps Marches In Dallas Pride Parade

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Thousands came out to celebrate the 2016 Dallas Pride Parade September 18 – including Peace Corps recruiters, returned Peace Corps Volunteers and staff members, whose inspirational anecdotes seasoned the celebration with a service-filled flavor.

“Marching in a parade is so much fun,” said Michael Madej, Peace Corps recruiter. “People were genuinely excited to hear about Peace Corps’ LGBQT initiatives and trainings.”

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Purdue University Announces New Peace Corps Prep Program

Peace Corps and Purdue University announced a new partnership that will offer students a unique combination of undergraduate coursework and community service that prepares them for an international career.

Purdue University students will be able to apply to the new Peace Corps Prep program for enrollment beginning in the fall semester of 2016.

“Students today have a passion for service and are interested in not just imagining a better world, but rolling up their sleeves and doing something about it,” said Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet. “Through the Peace Corps Prep program, students at Purdue University can develop skills specifically targeted to Peace Corps service and careers in the international development and service communities.” Continue reading “Purdue University Announces New Peace Corps Prep Program”