John Fitzgerald Kennedy Jr. shakes meets Dan Geiss and Ross Greathouse in this image from the 1960 Cornhusker. Then a senator, the future President of the United States visited the University of Nebraska and received an honorary charter membership in the Young Democrats.
Kennedy originally proposed creating the Peace Corps in 1960 while giving a speech to students at the University of Michigan. He challenged students to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries.
The Peace Corps was officially established on March 1, 1961. Since the creation of the Peace Corps, 182,000 volunteers have been invited to serve in 138 host countries. Projects worked on include issues ranging from AIDS education, information technology and environmental preservation.
Currently, there are 7,810 volunteers and trainees serving in the Peace Corps.
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