Recent advocacy news from the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) is the endorsement of "Rethinking the Battlefield," which is U.S. Senator Chris Murphy's (D-Conn) alternative budget proposal representing a powerful vision for American leadership in International Affairs. This proposal includes funding for 15,000 Peace Corps Volunteers by 2022.
While growing Peace Corps to 15,000 Peace Corps Volunteers in the field is an exciting vision, the current focus for advocacy is the request to maintain level funding of Peace Corps at $410 million. NPCA has assembled great resources to help with advocacy efforts ranging from details on how to connect with elected officials to how to submit letters to the editor or otherwise gain media attention about the importance of Peace Corps. Check out the resources here.
We're excited to announce the registration is now open for the 2017 Peace Corps Connect Conference!
The conference will take place August 5 and 6, with pre-conference events on August 4, at the University of Denver. Peace Corps Connect is hosted by National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) and the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Colorado (RPCVCO), the 2017 Peace Corps Connect conference will celebrate and build upon the great partnerships of the greater Peace Corps community. This year’s conference, Partnering for Progress: Taking Collaborations to New Heights, will feature a series of breakout sessions and workshops that address the Peace Corps community's role in impacting key U.N. Sustainable Development goals.
You can register for the conference here and early bird pricing ends May 31. Along with two days of amazing speakers and breakout sessions, the registration price also includes a ticket to our annual picnic, which will occur the last day.
We hope to see you in August at the conference!
News released by the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) on March 16, 2017.
Just hours ago, President Trump’s budget proposal requested drastic cuts of 29 percent to the International Affairs budget, which includes the Peace Corps. While funding for the Peace Corps is not specifically referenced, it could face disproportionate cuts when the full budget is released later this spring.
The top-line cuts to International Affairs will have potentially serious impact on the Peace Corps, including greatly reduced Volunteer numbers, the inability to open new country programs or expand in others, and diminished cross-agency partnerships with PEPFAR and USAID.
I know that the Peace Corps community will not let this happen.
In anticipation of this announcement, National Peace Corps Association launched the #ProtectPeaceCorps campaign to ensure the future of the Peace Corps. By mobilizing our grassroots and grasstops communities to advocate to Congress for the Peace Corps, our goal is to hold the line for no less than current funding levels of $410 million for the Peace Corps and $60 billion for International Affairs.
We will achieve this through an unprecedented mobilization of the Peace Corps community.
Right now, take your first step in the campaign by urging Congress to provide adequate funding for the Peace Corps and International Affairs.
Your continued activism will be crucial, so join the #ProtectPeaceCorps movement.
This past weekend, the Trump Administration confirmed that it will propose "fairly dramatic reductions" to International Affairs in a budget to be released on or around March 16. The cuts, reportedly upwards of 37%, would have significant impact on America's diplomatic and development programs, including the Peace Corps.
To ensure the future of America's greatest institution, NPCA is launching the #ProtectPeaceCorps campaign to mobilize our community and secure no less than level funding of $410 million for the Peace Corps, and $60 billion for the International Affairs Budget.
NPCA is currently working with Advocacy Coordinators and Affiliate Group Leaders to mobilize the community. Stay tuned for more announcements and actions.
Take Action Now: Urge Congress to support robust funding levels for the Peace Corps and International Affairs.
The Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVCO) teamed up with the Denver Nuggets for a new and exciting fundraising event that brought together RPCVs and their family and friends to see the Nuggets take on the Celtics on Friday, March 10, 2017 (click here for the event details).
Currently serving Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) are also using basketball to bring together the community members. Check out these two stories from PCVs that are using basketball as a way to make friends in their community as well as to teach youth leadership and life skills, which important skills and knowledge when working towards gender equality.
D1 college basketball player to Peace Corps Volunteer
How do you make the transition from Division 1 college basketball player to Peace Corps Mongolia Volunteer? Simple. Trade in your sneakers, shorts, jersey and teammates for a Bactrian camel, subarctic thermal gear and amazing host country community members....
Promoting health, fitness, and girls' basketball
Last year, my director told me that the girls at our school had a strong desire to play basketball...
The U.S. Peace Corps is celebrating Peace Corps Week through the video contest "Highlighting Hospitality". Check out the finalists for the contest here and see if your country of service is featured!
Interested in learning more about the topic of gender to help you better understand our current focus area on gender equality? Check out the January 2017 edition of the National Geographic magazine. This special issue, Gender Revolution, features stories such as "How science is helping us understand gender", "In their words: how children are affected by gender issues", "The many ways society makes a man", and more. When viewed online there is additional access to discussion guides for teachers and parents.
Check out this story from the U.S. Peace Corps about work being done by a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mongolia that focused on inspiring fathers, empowering students and promoting positive relationships between fathers and their children.
The RPCVs of Colorado is teaming up with the Denver Nuggets for a new and exciting fundraising event! Come watch the Nuggets take on the Celtics and hang out with your fellow RPCVs. The tickets are less than face value, there are three different seating areas to pick from, and $6 from each ticket sold goes to supporting RPCVCO.
This event is not just for RPCVs, so share the link and invite your friends and family, too!
Click here to find out more about the event, including the pre-game happy hour and how to buy tickets.
If this event is popular, we'll look for similar opportunities with some of the other local sports teams. We hope to see you there!
The RPCVs of Colorado are excited to be hosting the National Peace Corps Association's (NPCA) 2017 Peace Corps Connect conference. Details include:
Location: Sturm Hall, University of Denver
Pre-conference events: Friday, August 4
Conference: Saturday and Sunday, August 5 and 6
Given these confirmed details, we are seeking volunteers throughout the conference to help make this event a success. Please complete this initial interest survey to let us know a little more about you and your availability. As we get closer to the event we will be in contact about your availability and preference for available volunteer opportunities.