Peace Corps Youth Leadership

JUNE 13-16, 2017 ~ GRADES 4-6


Registration (Closed for 2017)



Peace Corps Youth Leadership is a unique and fun summer camp opportunity for
youth to learn how to become leaders, good communicators and problems solvers.
From CPR and disaster response training, service learning and celebrating cultural
diversity, participants will work together under the guidance of two experts and
former Peace Corps volunteers who learned all those skills while working in other
parts of the world. Peace Corps is a U.S. government international service initiative
that sends Americans to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world.
Volunteers, like Farrahn and Jake, work in partnership with local residents toward
sustainable change. When they return home, they are committed to continue
sharing these values and enriching the lives of those around them. This is the kind of
commitment and experience they will share and teach during the youth leadership
camp. Returning campers are welcome, as programming is entirely new this year.


Program is open to students in grades fourth through sixth who are admitted on a
first-come, first-served basis. Enrollment is limited to 20 students, so register early.


Activities are led by Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and Peace Corps Prep
participants at WIU. These Prep students are interested in serving with Peace
Corps in the youth in development sector. This camp is an opportunity for these
WIU undergraduates to get hands-on experience running and programming
a camp for youth, under the guidance of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers.
Lodging is provided by Horn Field Campus, which is located one mile south of
WIU’s Macomb campus. The 92-acre facility offers a wide variety of educational
and service programs, as well as opportunities for recreation, public service,
instruction, and research.



Farrahn Hawkins enhanced the livelihood and education
system of Malagasy students in Port-Berge, Madagascar.
She served as a volunteer from June 2014 – August 2016.
Hawkins dedicated herself to many community and
economic development projects through youth education,
some of which she created, hosted and orchestrated. Her
focus became counseling for higher education, locally and
abroad. She is currently completing her graduate assistantship  with the city of Macomb and is a participant in the Peace  Corps Fellows program at Western Illinois University.





Jake Hamilton was a youth and community development volunteer in Morocco, West Africa from January 2013-March 2015. Hamilton ran a one-room youth center in a small, rural town, which focused on youth education through recreation, English classes, art, geography and culture. He is now working in Macomb as a Peace Corps Fellow and a recruiter for the Peace Corps at Western Illinois University.




Registration: Enrollment is limited to 20 students who are admitted on a first-come, firstserved basis. The full residential $210 registration fee includes tuition, supplies, all scheduled extra-curricular activities, lodging, and meals. Registration forms, with payment information, can be completed online at wiu.edu/sao/outreach/youth_enrichment/youthmain.php, mailed to Study Abroad & Outreach, Horrabin Hall 8, Western Illinois University, 1 University Circle, Macomb, Il 61455, or faxed to (309) 298-2226. Checks are to be made payable to Western Illinois University.

Payment: The full residential fee is $210. Parents who wish to use a Payment
Plan may send a $100 deposit at the time of registration. Full payment is due 30
days before the start of the program.

  Refund Policy: WIU reserves the right to withdraw a program because of
unforeseen circumstances or insufficient enrollment. If a program is withdrawn,
participants will be notified and fees will be refunded. A $50 fee will be charged
to participants who cancel after Monday, May 22, 2017. No refunds will be
made on or after Monday, June 5, 2017.

Location: The program is a residential program on the WIU-Macomb campus.
Overnight lodging will be at Horn Field Campus.

Medical/ADA Compliance: Students do not qualify for University health care.
Parents should check family insurance policies for health and accident coverage. Western Illinois University is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Please let Study Abroad and Outreach staff know how we can accommodate any special needs students may have at least two weeks prior to the program start date.

Further Information: For further information, call the Office Study Abroad
and Outreach office at (309) 298-1911 or toll free at (866) 933-8964.

Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes discrimination based on an individual’s membership in the following classes: sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and any other classes protected by state or federal law.

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