Press Release: National Peace Corps Association and SEVEN Fund Launch Global Essay Competition
Washington, DC — April 7th, 2011 — Contest to focus on generating small business enterprise solutions to fight poverty
The National Peace Corps Association (NPCA), the nation’s leading 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization supporting Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) and the Peace Corps community, announced today it will launch a worldwide essay contest with SEVEN Fund called the Enterprise Solutions to Global Poverty Essay Contest. The competition kicks off April 15-July 31 to generate innovative ideas on small enterprise development to fight global poverty.
“This is an essay contest that is geared to those who have an interest in and/or have worked in the entrepreneurial sector in developing countries,” said Molly Mattessich, manager of online initiatives for the National Peace Corps Association who helped organize the essay contest. “We are asking writers to submit short essays that touch on personal experiences in the developing world where there continues to be a shortage of basic human needs.”
Essays should highlight personal grassroots efforts and successes that can serve as models for lessening poverty around the world and everyday struggles to have basic needs met. Submissions can approach this topic through the lens of cultural, religious, philosophical, technical, and academic traditions. Both past and present Peace Corps volunteers are strongly encouraged to enter to win.
The winner will be announced at the “Conversations: The Future of the Peace Corps Global Leaders” panel in Washington, DC on September 24, to coincide with the Peace Corps’ 50th anniversary celebrations during that week. SEVEN and NPCA will award the grand-prize winner $5,000 and the chosen essay will be featured in WorldView magazine. The winner will also receive one ticket to attend the “Promise of the Peace Corps Gala” in Washington, DC on September 24.
“We are collaborating with SEVEN to sponsor this contest with the hopes of bringing together the best ideas to help mitigate both urban and rural poverty,” adds Mattessich. “We anticipate a variety of submissions offering innovative approaches to small enterprise development that can be implemented on a modest budget.”
About the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA)
Founded in 1979 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) is the nation’s leading 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization connecting and championing Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and the Peace Corps community. It provides service and education opportunities that build on the Peace Corps experience, and is also the longest-standing advocate for an independent and robust Peace Corps. To learn more, visit: www.peacecorpsconnect.org
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