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Champions of Change: Lessons from Returned Peace Corps Volunteers

by John Carson

This post originally appeared on the White House blog on April 5, 2011.

The White House is kicking off a special series called “Champions of Change: Winning the Future Across America.” Throughout this series we will be profiling Americans whose work is helping our country rise to the many challenges of the 21st century.

The White House is proud to feature these stories of Americans who are doing extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world. Each week, we will invite individuals from many walks of life to the White House to meet with Administration officials and share with us what they are doing to build a better tomorrow.

The first group to be featured in the series are Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who have used their experiences abroad to affect change in their local communities. As a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer myself, I know that service does not end when a Volunteer's tour is over. My experience in the Peace Corps gave me the tools necessary to affect a greater change in my community at home.

The best ideas come when we band together in pursuit to better the world around us. Every Returned Peace Corps Volunteer knows this.

I'd like to invite you to join us. Learn their stories, share them with the world, and celebrate the success of these Champions of Change. And if you know someone who is doing extraordinary things to make a difference in your community, nominate them to be a Champion of Change. We’ll consider your nominations as we invite people who are bringing about change in their communities to the White House to share their ideas on how to win the future.

Jon Carson served in Honduras from 2004-2006 and is now the Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement

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