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Do you know an amazing RPCV? Nominate them the Outstanding Returning Peace Corps Volunteer award!

Serve Colorado, the Governor’s Commission on Community Service, is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Governor’s Service Awards which are presented in recognition and appreciation of  outstanding contribution to volunteerism and service throughout the State of Colorado. Award categories include:

  • Outstanding Returning Peach Corps Volunteer
  • Outstanding Volunteer
  • Outstanding Veteran Volunteer
  • Outstanding Community Leader
  • Outstanding Nonprofit Organization
  • Outstanding AmeriCorps State/National Member
  • Outstanding AmeriCorps VISTA Member
  • Outstanding AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) Member
  • Outstanding Senior Corps Volunteer
  • Outstanding AmeriCorps Alumni

More information about each category and the awards in general be found here. Nominations are due July 18, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. and the nomination form can be found here. The awards will be presented at a special ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017.

Previously honored RPCVs include Casey Burnette (Vanuatu, 2002-2004), Mike and Ann Moore (Togo, 1962-64), and Steve Werner (Korea, 1976-78).

Saturday, 10 June 2017 20:32

Sign Up to Host Conference Attendees

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Interested in hosting a fellow RPCV during the 2017 Peace Corps Connect conference in August? Complete this simple form and have your name added to a list of individuals and families willing to open their homes to a conference attendee or two. Once you have filled out the form, your name will be added to a list of couch surfing options for the conference on the National Peace Corps Association's conference registration page. Individuals and/or families looking to stay with a local RPCV can then reach out directly to make arrangements for their stay.

Dear Friends:

This morning the Peace Corps urgently needs your help.

A document vital to Peace Corps’ future is now circulating in the Senate: The Peace Corps Funding Dear Colleague Letter. By signing onto this letter, Senators pledge to support robust funding for the Peace Corps for fiscal year 2018.

Please urge your Senator to sign now.

With the president’s proposed cuts to the Peace Corps—potentially denying many more Americans and host country communities the opportunity to partner in peace, progress, and understanding—it is up to Congress to restore the agency’s resources.

But the turn-around time is short. Senators have until this Friday, June 9 to sign the Dear Colleague Letter. That’s our deadline, too.

After you email your Senator, please forward this email to your networks. Two minutes of your time could mean another American has the opportunity to serve our country and fuel the next generation of American leadership.

With graditude,

 

 

 

Glenn Blumhorst

President and CEO

National Peace Corps Association

#ProtectPeaceCorps

Saturday, 03 June 2017 16:58

Registration for Peace Corps Connect

Register now 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 should attend the conference to: 

  • Learn about amazing international and U.S.-based partnerships and projects.
  • Find out more about the Rotary and Peace Corps partnership.
  • Connect with old Peace Corps friends and to make new ones.
  • Attend our annual picnic, which will occur on August 6.
  • Reconnect with the energy and vision of the Peace Corps community.
  • Be inspired by the competitors seeking funding through the Partnering for Prosperity event.

You can register for the conference here . Along with two days of amazing speakers and breakout sessions, the registration price also includes a ticket to our annual picnic.

Are you a member of the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Colorado (RPCVCO)? That's great as you'll receive a 15% discount to the event. Look for a notification of the discount code coming soon. Not sure if you're a member? You can reach out to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , our Membership Chair, or login to our website to check your membership status or sign up to be a member.

We hope to see you in August at the conference!

 

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.

Thursday, 16 March 2017 15:32

Take Action to #ProtectPeaceCorps

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. 

Friday, 10 March 2017 15:21

#ProtectPeaceCorps

A message from the National Peace Corps Association on March 10, 2017
 
#ProtectPeaceCorps
 

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...

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 17:21

Celebrate Hospitality During Peace Corps Week

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!

Saturday, 11 February 2017 22:01

National Geographic Tackles Gender

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.

Covers of the January 2017 National Geographic magazine

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