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A Day in the Life: Peace Corps Director to Visit Returned Peace Corps Volunteers Working to Improve Baltimore Community

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 26, 2014 – On Wednesday, August 27, Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet will visit Lakeland Elementary and Middle School in Baltimore to see how returned Peace Corps volunteers are giving back to the local community.

Brooks Binau and Greg Couturier are returned Peace Corps volunteers and current Peace Corps Fellows at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) Shriver Peaceworker Program. As part of their graduate degree program, they are completing internships working to enhance Lakeland’s community outreach and parent engagement. The student body at Lakeland is 90 percent students of color, and 94 percent of students come from low-income families.

During her visit, Hessler-Radelet will tour the Fellows’ projects at the school and hold a roundtable discussion with the Fellows, the school’s principal and the head of the local community association. The trip will give Hessler-Radelet the opportunity to experience a day in the life of a returned Peace Corps volunteer, as President Obama and many of her fellow government leaders have done this summer in spending a day with the people they serve.

WHAT:         
Peace Corps Director to visit returned Peace Corps volunteers serving Baltimore community

WHO:            
Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet
Brooks Binau, returned Peace Corps volunteer and Peace Corps Fellow (Zambia, 2011-2013)
Greg Couturier, returned Peace Corps volunteer and Peace Corps Fellow (Peru, 2009-2011)
Najib Jammal, Principal at Lakeland Elementary and Middle School
Joby Taylor, Director of the Shriver Peaceworker Program and returned Peace Corps volunteer (Gabon, 1991-1993)

WHEN:         
10:00 a.m. ET, TOMORROW, Wednesday, August 27, 2014

WHERE:      
Lakeland Elementary and Middle School at 2921 Stranden Rd., Baltimore, MD 21230. Please enter through the main entrance off Stranden Road and sign in at the front office.

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.

 

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