Help fund this revealing film examining our self-immersion in technology

Generation Y is suffocating under a net of labels cast by older generations: “selfish”, “entitled”, “apathetic”. In an endeavor meant to transcend these simplistic descriptions, Gen Why the Film’s creators turn to their peers in hopes of redefining and redesigning the true millennial experience.

We have a great deal of access to each other, but what are we actually sharing? By fostering a strong relationship with a varied sample of their peers, the creators aim to cultivate a compassionate environment in which millennials can join them in considering how proliferating technology shapes relationships, feelings, and choices. Moreover, GWTF will call upon a diverse group of professionals to scrutinize these confessionals. The film is intended to be poetic and participatory (without being indulgent) and will build itself on human vulnerability in order to cultivate an enlightened understanding of the Gen Y experience.

LPCA Small Grants Program–Deadline Extended!

The grant application deadline has been extended to Wednesday November 25th, 2015.
Are you a member of, work for or know of an organization or project here in Louisiana or in a your Peace Corps country of service that could use a little financial assistance? In years past, LPCA has given out several small grants that furthered our mission to promote charitable, cultural, educational, scientific, and social exchange, as well as interaction between returned Peace Corps Volunteers and our local community.
This year we are making available 2 Community Grants of up to $500. Those organizations interested in a grant should submit a written proposal.   Click here for more details or visit our website.
For questions about the Small Grants Fund contact Grants Coordinator Marcus Rozbitsky. (

Summer BBQ Saturday, August 22

Each year the LPCA puts on a BBQ at The Fly ( scheduled to coincide with the Fall rush of students into town.  Let’s use this opportunity to enjoy some great food, friends and scenery to recruit potential Volunteers by sharing our story.
Saturday, August 22nd, 12-4:30pm
@ the Fly (Look for the LPCA Banner!)
We’ll provide the beer and some food for the grill but we encourage you to bring your favorite beverages and BBQ treats. We’ll cheers to a great summer and welcome our new Masters International Tulane students and any other new friends. It will be fun for the whole family!
For questions or if you’d like to help out, contact Ryan Tascar (

See you this Saturday

Louisiana Peace Corps Festival-Cheers for Charity

Louisiana Peace Corps Festival-Cheers for Charity
Thursday, July 23rd, 6-10 pm
@ the Rusty Nail

Calling All Local RPCVs! The first ever Louisiana Peace Corps Festival is scheduled for Thursday, July 23rd from 6-10pm at The Rusty Nail, in conjunction with our Cheers for Charity night. As a Cheers for Charity event, The Rusty Nail will charge full price for drinks during happy hour and give us the proceeds, which will go towards our Small Grant Fund. The Louisiana Peace Corps Festival will showcase the experiences of Peace Corps Volunteers, in the hopes of bringing in as many local RPCVs, friends, families, and general public as we can to achieve the Peace Corps Third Goal of sharing other cultures with Americans. This is where you beautiful people come in!

We need our local RPCVs to share their stories, in whatever medium you would like to use. We would like four Pecha Kucha (20 images x 20 seconds presentations, story slams, and at least one panel of Peace Corps Now & Then with some of our older, more seasoned local RPCVs. We are open to other panel ideas, any form of individual storytelling/ standup comedy/ poetry/ blog readings/ etc.

Please please please help us make this a great event, and contact Social Chair Sarah Mae with what you would like to do.

Mama Maji Walk this Sunday!!


There is an opportunity to volunteer with a non-profit organization here in NOLA called Mama Maji which does work in Kamrongo, Kenya. They have a two-part focus, one being to increase Kamrongo’s access to water, the second being women’s professional growth in Kamrongo (as well as here in New Orleans). They will be hosting an event to raise awareness of the organization and its work March 22nd. Members of the walk will be carrying buckets of water for 5k around the Audubon Park route to signify the walk many Kenyan women have to endure every day to access (usually unclean) water. Along the route we will also have educational stations explaining in more depth the struggle of women in areas like Kenya and Ghana to access water and their hike to bring it home everyday. Mama Maji will also be talking about the health issues that accompany the water crisis abroad.

If anyone is interested in walking in the event, or just coming and checking out all the cool stuff they have that day – please come! There will be some performances and artwork, yummy food, and awareness about something a lot of RPCVs have come across firsthand during their service.

The website for Mama Maji is

The fundraising page is:

There are two options for walking – one is to buy a ticket, which is $20 (this comes with a Mama Maji t-shirt!). Another is to become a fundraiser, which costs nothing. Any little amount helps, and spreading the word of Mama Maji’s work, and just in general the water crisis in so many countries around the world, is invaluable.

Interested members can contact Michela Schildts via phone (305 916 0175) or through email.