Seven percent of Peace Corps volunteers currently work in Youth in Development and another 40 percent engage young people as educators.
Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet will join the National Youth Leadership Council for a Day of Service on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, April 12 in celebration of Global Youth Service Day.
Global Youth Service Day is the world’s largest service event dedicated to recognizing the contributions young people make to their communities.
Peace Corps volunteer Laura Demmel of Grant, along with fellow volunteers and community members in Moldova, recently brought 40 youth ages 16-25 together from eight European countries for ‘BE ACTIVE,’ a cultural exchange and leadership workshop.
The summit, sponsored by the European Union, lasted eight days and aimed to promote volunteerism, civic engagement, and the importance of democracy.
The event connected youth from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Italy, Moldova, Romania, Spain, Turkey and Ukraine, fostering personal relationships among youth from countries that don’t have diplomatic relationships. The English-only summit also served to sharpen participants’ English language skills.
“During the workshop, participants had the chance to be active together and to share how they focus on physical, civic, social and intellectual activities in their countries,” said Demmel, a graduate of The University of Nebraska–Lincoln who has been living in Moldova since 2012. “This project helps citizens of many different countries with different cultures and histories come together to recognize and appreciate the diversity they offer each other. The workshop facilitates shared visions of democracy, active citizenship, and peaceful living.”