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.
The National Peace Corps Association's (NPCA) 2017 Peace Corps Connect conference will be held in Denver, August. 5-6, 2017 and will be hosted by the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Colorado (RPCVCO). The overarching theme of the conference is Partnering for Progress: Taking Collaborations to New Heights and we are seeking proposals for break out sessions. Any member in the greater Peace Corps community is welcome to submit a proposal on under the overarching theme and within the focused topic areas that address global health, the environment, economic development, equality and justice, and education and youth development. See 1) the Session Proposal Guidelines and 2) Online Application.
The proposal deadline is February 19, 2017.
The following message was shared by the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) on Sunday, January 29, 2017. Given the important reminder of the oath given by Peace Corps Volunteers, it is being shared by the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Colorado (RPCVCO).
In Support of Refugees
In 1958, then-Senator John F. Kennedy wrote A Nation of Immigrants. The text outlines the history and importance of immigration to the United States, as well as proposals to liberalize immigration law.
As one of his first presidential acts, President Kennedy established Executive Order 10924 to promote world peace and friendship through a Peace Corps. Since 1961, 225,000 Volunteers have been welcomed in 161 countries — including Muslim majority ones, as well as many below our southern border. As foreigners, we were accepted without prejudice into homes, schools, offices, and houses of worship by our hosts.
At the time, each of us made an oath: I promise to serve alongside the people of my Country of Service. I promise to share my culture with an open heart and open mind. I promise to foster an understanding of the people of my Country of Service, with creativity, cultural sensitivity, and respect. I will face the challenges of service with patience, humility, and determination. I will embrace the mission of world peace and friendship for as long as I serve and beyond. In the proud tradition of Peace Corps’ legacy, and in the spirit of the Peace Corps family past, present, and future - I am a Peace Corps Volunteer.
Because of this, those of us who have served in the Peace Corps have a special responsibility. We are tasked with sharing, in a spirit of humility and respect, what it means to be an American. We must speak up on behalf of the refugees who have now been prevented from entering our country and receiving our welcome in return.
Now is the time to rededicate ourselves to the mission and goals of the Peace Corps, to commit ourselves to constructive dialogue – to representing the open hand of America, rather than the closed fist.
To do this, multiple channels exist:
Our national security depends not on building walls, but bridges. Peace is a product of friendship and understanding, and the Peace Corps community demonstrates our lifelong commitment to those ideals by following through when it’s needed most.
President & CEO
RPCV Guatemala 1988-91
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