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Peace Corps Acting Director to Speak at the MONUMENTAL 25th Annual National Service-Learning Conference & Day of Service on the National Mall

 WASHINGTON, D.C., April 8, 2014 – In celebration of service-learning, Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet will talk with students, educators and community leaders from across the country about the value of service and the inspiring work of Peace Corps volunteers. Today, the Peace Corps is not just a chance to make a difference, but also a training ground and launching pad for a 21st century career.   

On Thursday, April 10, Hessler-Radelet will speak at the National Service-Learning Conference designed to give attendees tools, resources, ideas, and inspiration to improve their local communities. The conference will culminate with the Day of Service on the National Mall on Saturday, April 12, where Hessler-Radelet will speak from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. To learn more about Peace Corps service opportunities and volunteer projects, attendees can visit the Peace Corps booth between 9:30 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. at Henry Bacon Ball Field.

Global Youth Service Day, celebrated April 11-13, is the world’s largest service event dedicated to recognizing the contributions that young people make to their communities. An anticipated 1,000 people will participate in the Day of Service on the National Mall, contributing an estimated 3,000 hours of service.

National Service-Learning Conference plenary remarks by Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet 

Plenary begins: 11 a.m.
Estimated time of remarks: 11:25 a.m. 

Marriott Wardman Park, Main Ballroom at 2660 Woodley Rd. NW, Washington, D.C. 

Day of Service remarks by Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet 

Public address begins: 2 p.m.
Estimated time of remarks: 2:25 p.m. 

Steps of the Lincoln Memorial, National Mall, Washington, D.C. 

RSVP: Media interested in attending these events should RSVP to pressoffice@peacecorps.gov indicating the event they plan to cover. Interview requests will also be considered.

For more information on the MONUMENTAL Day of Service: A Celebration of Global Youth Service Day, visit www.nylc.org/conference.

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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