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Peace Corps Partners with Alpha Phi Alpha to Promote Service in the African American Community

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 20, 2014 – On Friday, May 23, the Peace Corps and Alpha Phi Alpha – the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity for African Americans – will announce a partnership to promote volunteer service at Peace Corps headquarters. Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet will be joined by Alpha Phi Alpha General President Mark S. Tillman for the signing of a partnership agreement.

The Peace Corps and Alpha Phi Alpha will together promote the value of service and collaborate to help fraternity members access volunteer, higher education and career opportunities with the Peace Corps. Both organizations share a dedication to grassroots action and global engagement through service. Alpha Phi Alpha has more than 175,000 initiated members, including prominent and accomplished activists, educators, politicians, businessmen, philanthropists, entertainers and athletes.

Friday’s event will highlight the prominent role of African Americans in international affairs and development, featuring former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs and returned Peace Corps volunteer Johnnie Carson.  

WHAT:         
Peace Corps and Alpha Phi Alpha Memorandum of Understanding Signing Ceremony

WHO:            
Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet
Alpha Phi Alpha General President Mark S. Tillman
Former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Johnnie Carson

WHEN:         
4:00 p.m. ET, Friday, May 23, 2014

WHERE:      
Peace Corps Headquarters, 1111 20th St. NW, Washington, D.C.

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. Peace Corps volunteers gain hands-on experience and develop cross-cultural, leadership and language skills that give them a competitive edge in today’s global economy.  

Peace Corps’ Office of Diversity and National Outreach works to recruit a diverse pool of volunteers and build an inclusive culture. The agency recently announced it is stepping up outreach in under-represented communities to field a broader volunteer force that reflects the rich diversity of the American people.

RSVP: Media interested in attending this event should RSVP to pressoffice@peacecorps.gov.

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.

About Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity: Founded on December 4, 1906, at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity has continued to supply voice and vision to the struggle of African Americans and people of color around the world. The fraternity has long stood at the forefront of the African-American community’s fight for civil rights through Alpha men such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Adam Clayton Powell, Thurgood Marshall, Paul Robeson, Andrew Young, Edward Brooke and Cornel West.  The fraternity, through its more than 600 college and alumni chapters, and general-organization members, serves communities in the United States, Africa, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. Visit http://www.apa1906.net and follow on Twitter @apa1906network.

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