In 1961, President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps to promote world peace and friendship.1
The Peace Corps’ mission has three simple goals:
- Helping the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
- Helping promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
- Helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.
For inspirational videos, see below:
The Beginning (circa 1960):
“For every young American who participates in the Peace Corps—who works in a foreign land—will know that he or she is sharing in the great common task of bringing to man that decent way of life which is the foundation of freedom and a condition of peace.” -John F. Kennedy, 1961, after establishing the Peace Corps
Peace Corps in the 21st Century (circa 2010):
“We are no longer isolated from what happens on the other side of the world. It’s in our best interest to look beyond our immediate self-interest, and look out for one another globally. So many of today’s challenges are borderless…and solving those problems demands cooperation with others.” -Michelle Obama, 2010 GWU Commencement