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FRIDAY: Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet to Join Congresswoman Barbara Lee at Laney College

25 March 2014

peace_corpsWASHINGTON, D.C., March 25, 2014 – Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet will join U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) at Laney College in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, March 28 to talk with students and faculty from across the region about how Peace Corps service can give them a competitive edge in today’s global job market. Current Peace Corps volunteer and Oakland resident Teneasha Pierson will also participate from Kenya to share her service experience. 


California produces more Peace Corps volunteers than any other state nationwide with 973 residents currently serving. Since the Peace Corps was established in 1961, more than 28,000 California residents have served overseas as Peace Corps volunteers.

Peace Corps volunteers travel to the farthest corners of the world where they work toward sustainable change while gaining hands-on experience and developing skills employers are looking for now more than ever. College graduates who have served with the Peace Corps return home with cross-cultural, leadership, community development and language skills that help strengthen international ties and increase our country’s global competitiveness.

The Peace Corps has eight regional recruitment offices across the country that work closely with prospective volunteers. In addition, the agency’s Office of Diversity and National Outreach aims to recruit a diverse pool of volunteers and build an inclusive culture that welcomes applicants and volunteers who reflect the rich diversity of America.

WHAT:
Peace Corps event with Oakland-area college students and faculty

WHO:
Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet
U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13)
Laney College President Dr. Elñora T. Webb
Peace Corps Kenya Volunteer Teneasha Pierson

WHEN:
10 a.m. PT, Friday, March 28, 2014

WHERE:
Laney College Student Center, 900 Fallon Street, Oakland, CA

RSVP: Media interested in attending this event should RSVP to pressoffice@peacecorps.gov.

While at Laney College, Hessler-Radelet will also meet with returned Peace Corps volunteers, including members of the Northern California Peace Corps Association.

To learn more about the Peace Corps, students and community members can contact the Peace Corps’ San Francisco Regional Office at sfinfo@peacecorps.gov.

About the Peace Corps: As the preeminent international service organization of the United States, the Peace Corps sends Americans abroad to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Peace Corps volunteers work at the grassroots level with local governments, schools, communities, small businesses and entrepreneurs to develop sustainable solutions that address challenges in education, health, economic development, agriculture, environment and youth development. When they return home, volunteers bring their knowledge and experiences – and a global outlook – back to the United States that enriches the lives of those around them. President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961 to foster a better understanding among Americans and people of other countries. Since then, more than 215,000 Americans of all ages have served in 139 countries worldwide. Visit www.peacecorps.gov to learn more.

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