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MEDIA ADVISORY: Peace Corps Acting Director & Minnesota Congressmen to Visit Twin Cities Schools

Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet to talk with students at Macalester College, Minnetonka High School and the University of Minnesota

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 17, 2014 – Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet will visit the Minneapolis-St. Paul area on Tuesday, Feb. 18 to talk with high school and college students about the inspiring work of Peace Corps volunteers around the world and how Peace Corps service can give young adults a competitive edge in today’s global job market. Hessler-Radelet will participate in events at Macalester College, where she will be joined by College President Brian Rosenberg; at Minnetonka High School, where she will be joined by U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen; and at the University of Minnesota, where she will be joined by U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison and the Dean of the University’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs Eric Schwartz.

TUESDAY, FEB. 18, 2014
WHAT:          Macalester College Peace Corps event with students and faculty
WHO:            Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Macalester College President Brian Rosenberg & Macalester faculty who served in the Peace Corps
WHEN:          10:00 – 11:00 a.m. CT
WHERE:       Macalester College, Weyerhaeuser Chapel, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn.

WHAT:          Minnetonka High School Peace Corps event with students and faculty, featuring current volunteer Anne Ruelle from El Salvador
WHO:             Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet, U.S. Representative Erik Paulsen, Minnetonka High School Principal Jeff Erickson & Minnetonka teachers who served with the Peace Corps
WHEN:          3:00 – 4:00 p.m. CT
WHERE:       Minnetonka High School, The Forum, 18301 Highway 7, Minnetonka, Minn. (Media should enter the building through the front entrance and check in at the front desk to be escorted to the Forum.) 

WHAT:          University of Minnesota Peace Corps event with students and faculty
WHO:             Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet, U.S. Representative Keith Ellison, University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs Dean Eric Schwartz & Local returned Peace Corps volunteers
WHEN:          6:00 – 7:00 p.m. CT
WHERE:       University of Minnesota, Cowles Auditorium, 301 19th Ave. S, Minneapolis, Minn.

RSVP: Media interested in attending these events should RSVP with your contact information to pressoffice@peacecorps.gov indicating the event you plan to attend.

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 a global perspective as well as cross-cultural, leadership, community development and language skills. They give back to their communities here at home and enrich the lives of those around them, helping to strengthen international ties and increase our country’s global competitiveness.

Minnesota has long been one of Peace Corps’ top volunteer-producing states in the country, ranking eighth among states with the most Peace Corps volunteers per capita in 2013. The Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington area is home to 150 currently serving Peace Corps volunteers and ranks No. 9 among metropolitan areas nationwide in total Peace Corps volunteers produced.  Several Twin Cities area colleges and universities also consistently rank among the top in the country for Peace Corps recruits. In Peace Corps’ recently released rankings of the top volunteer-producing colleges and universities, Macalester College claimed the No. 3 spot among small schools, the University of Minnesota claimed the No. 10 spot among large schools, and Carleton College, St. Olaf College and the College of Saint Benedict also placed among the top 25 small schools.

Since the Peace Corps was established in 1961, more than 215,000 Americans representing all 50 states have served in 139 countries worldwide. The Peace Corps has eight regional recruitment offices across the country and recruiters based locally in the Twin Cities who work closely with prospective volunteers to ensure that all Americans who want to serve have the opportunity to do so. To learn more about the Peace Corps, students and community members can contact the Peace Corps Midwest Regional Office at chicago@peacecorps.gov.  

While in Minnesota, Hessler-Radelet will also meet with returned Peace Corps volunteers, friends and family members of currently serving volunteers, and school officials.

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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