July 1, 2003 - Woodland Daily Democrat: Charlotte Apodaco Lucero will be traveling to Ecuador for next 27 months in Peace Corps

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Charlotte Apodaco Lucero will be traveling to Ecuador for next 27 months in Peace Corps





Read and comment on this story from the Woodland Daily Democrat on Charlotte Apodaco Lucero has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will be stationed in Ecuador for 27 months. Lucero said her attraction to the Peace Corps came after discerning where she could be of service and bring together her personal life's experience and her many years of volunteering in Woodland and Yolo County. She is a retired UC Davis employee, with 30 years of service, primarily in the school of medicine. Read the story at:

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Retiree will be traveling to Ecuador for next 27 months

Charlotte Apodaco Lucero has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will be stationed in Ecuador for 27 months. Lucero said her attraction to the Peace Corps came after discerning where she could be of service and bring together her personal life's experience and her many years of volunteering in Woodland and Yolo County. Her Peace Corps duties will draw from her organizational experiences, and her years as an administrator. Lucero, who was widowed in 1993, finds this "a perfect opportunity and time in her life to be of service globally," she stated.

She is a retired UC Davis employee, with 30 years of service, primarily in the school of medicine.

Lucero's two passions are promoting education and travel: her four children are University of California graduates; she mentors individuals seeking to further their educational and career goals, assisting and encouraging individuals of all ages in their pursuit of college application, acceptance, and internships.

She's traveled to mexico, Italy, Sicily, Malta, France, Turkey, Greece, Great Britain, New Zealand, South Pacific, and to more than 20 states including the Hawaiian Islands. Lucero, a member of the Woodland High School class of 1961, and graduated as a reentry student in 1997 from UC Davis with a bachelor's degree in women studies.

She has also received a lay ministry certificate from the Sacramento Catholic dioceses in 2001 and currently serves as a lay counselor for families struggling with alcohol and drug abuse. Lucero is also an active member of the lay ministry community of the St. James Catholic Parish in Davis. She has past affiliations on the boards of Yolo County Hispanic Chamber, Yolo County Concilio, UCD Hispanic Staff Association, and Sacramento Del Oro Girl Scout Council. Lucero will be departing for Quito, Ecuador on July 19.

She will be trained in Quito for three months in the language, culture, and customs; then sent to an Ecuadorian Province for 24 months to participate in her Peace Corps Project with the Youth and Families at Risk Program. "The program goals are three-fold," she reported, such as "youth educational enhancement, community and organizational development, and prevention and intervention."

Lucero will assist is identifying existing programs and community needs, foster "respectful, responsible and caring relationships" with youth and families with whom she will be working, collaborate with counterpart organizations, local schools, and with fellow Peace Corps volunteers and staff.

Lucero is the mother of Rudy Lucero Jr. of Capay Valley, Katherine Lucero Trask of San Jose, Karen Lucero Jones of Portland, Ore., and Christine Lucero O'Hare of Sacramento, Ecuador is among the group of countries that welcomed Peace Corps volunteers, with the first volunteers arriving in 1962.

"The focus of our efforts over the years has evolved to match the needs of this developing nation," Lucero stated. "Ecuador made a strong statement about its intentions and core values when it became the third country in the world, and the first in Latin America to ratify the United Nations' Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Lucero reported "this commitment gives important backing to a new way of seeing and responding to children."

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