Peace Corps Director Teaches Students About Leadership

Speech to Air April 29 on C-SPAN3

WASHINGTON, D.C., APRIL 29, 2003 - Today, Peace Corps Director Gaddi H. Vasquez visited John F. Kennedy High School in Silver Spring, MD, to speak to students about leadership and public service. The event is part of a C-SPAN and Comcast initiative designed to create a unique, month-long educational experience for District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia high school students through a program called Students & Leaders.

The program will air nationally on C-SPAN3 at 7 pm ET Tuesday, April 29, on Comcast Digital Cable channel 105.

From Monday, April 28, through Friday, May 23, 2003, leaders from the Administration, Congress, federal courts, federal agencies and national print and television journalists have been invited by C-SPAN to "return to the classroom" to discuss their lives and careers and the concepts of leadership and public service. C-SPAN cameras will record the events so these sessions can be shared with other students across the country and with the network\'s national viewing audience.

The C-SPAN Education Foundation is also offering $25,000 in college scholarship money to D.C., Maryland and Virginia high school seniors as part of the project. More information on the scholarship competition is available through C-SPAN\'s Educators Hotline at 202-626-4858.

Comcast serves more than 3 million customers in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, the District of Columbia, Southern Florida, and parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.

C-SPAN is a non-profit company, created by the cable industry, funded by its affiliates without government or taxpayer support. The C-SPAN networks provide long-form public affairs programming without editing, commentary, or analysis.

Since 1961, more than 168,000 volunteers have served in the Peace Corps, working in such diverse fields as education, health and HIV/AIDS awareness and education, information technology, business development, the environment, and agriculture. Peace Corps volunteers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. Peace Corps service is a two-year commitment.

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