Writtten by Tim Talley
Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University will host a panel discussion on community service at 3 p.m. on Oct. 27 in Eastern's Student Center Theatre. Participants will discuss their organizations and how students can engage in national service outside of college. The event is part of Eastern's University Hour series. The public is invited. Admission is free.
Panel participants include recruiters from Americorps, Peace Corps, Teach for America, Our Piece of the Pie and City Year. The audience will have the opportunity to ask questions about programs and learn what it takes to become a volunteer.
AmeriCorps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service. It consists of three main programs: AmeriCorps State and National, which helps many local service programs utilize thousands of volunteers; AmeriCorps VISTA, which allows full-time members to work for community organizations to create and increase the size of volunteer programs; and AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps, which gives members, ages 18 to 24, the opportunity for a full-time residential program that develops leadership through direct, team-based community service.
The Peace Corps has served in 139 countries to address issues ranging from environmental preservation to AIDS relief. Its mission is to allow Americans and those from other countries to better understand each other while providing interested countries with trained individuals to fit their needs.
Teach For America is a national corps of outstanding recent college graduates from various majors and career interests who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools and become leaders in the effort to expand educational opportunity. Corps members are working to eliminate educational inequity, primarily in the lowest income communities, to ensure that all children acquire a first-class education and equal chance in life.
Our Piece of the Pie is a leading youth development agency that helps urban young people, ages 14 to 24, become successful adults, by effectively collaborating and partnering with schools, colleges, community agencies and businesses to promote independence and economic success. The program helps the young adults complete high school, receive occupational skill certificates, obtain two- or four-year college degrees and/or obtain long-term employment.
City Year is a group of diverse young leaders who act as tutors, mentors and role models to help children within the classroom and community for a year of full-service time. While in the corpse young people help break down social barriers, foster active citizenship and develop civic leadership skills that will last a lifetime.