New York State Afterschool Network (NYSAN) and NPCA partner in a new program for NY RPCVs
By Erin Madsen on Thursday, December 16th, 2010
Today’s youth will graduate into a world that requires global knowledge and skills for success in college, careers, and civic life. As evidenced by the global economy, increasingly diverse communities, and rapid information-sharing via the Internet, opportunities to interface with people across the world are greatly increasing. However, not all young people have meaningful opportunities to learn about the world. Recognizing this, the New York State Afterschool Network (NYSAN) and NPCA have partnered to connect Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) with local afterschool programs. RPCVs can volunteer to build upon and extend their Peace Corps experience to create global learning opportunities for children and youth from pre-kindergarten through high school.
Participating RPCVs will receive training and support, and will work with afterschool program specialists to develop a series of activities founded on their international service experience. They will then be matched with organizations in their area that run before-school, afterschool, and weekend programming. RPCVs can choose to volunteer with programs over a few weeks or for the duration of a semester, summer, or year.
This program is intended to support youth to gain knowledge and develop skills aimed at building their global competence and to provide RPCVs with a unique opportunity to share the Peace Corps experience. This is a pilot program in New York with hopes of expanding the program after the first year. We hope you will consider sharing your expertise by taking part in this important program.
To sign up or for more information, email Jennifer Siaca, NYSAN Project Manager at email@example.com.