MyPeaceOfTheCorps.jpgThe National Peace Corps Association is teaming up with YouTube on the My Piece of the Peace Corps video contest, which will mark the Peace Corps’ upcoming 50th anniversary by searching for the best one- to two-minute video about how the Peace Corps, a Peace Corps Volunteer, or a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer changed the entrants’ lives.

The Peace Corps will celebrate its 50th anniversary in October at the University of Michigan, where the idea was first conceived.

Contestants have until Sept. 30 to upload their video entries, with the grand-prize winner receiving $2,500 and other winners receiving $1,000 or $500.

National Peace Corps Association director of communications Erica Burman said:

We expect the videos to be as diverse as the people who serve in the Peace Corps. A video could be about a high-school teacher whose stories from overseas inspired you, or a Volunteer whose service taught you new skills, or maybe a Returned Volunteer who continues to be a community leader here at home.

Like the Peace Corps, YouTube has brought the world closer together. It’s only natural that we would use this new technology to showcase the ways that Peace Corps Volunteers and Returned Volunteers have affected tens of thousands of people around the world.