People to People International Announces 2017 Global Youth Forum & Featured Speakers


Kansas City, MO, USA – March 24, 2017: People to People International’s Global Youth Forum this year promises to be an exceptional one with a renowned lineup of expert speakers touching on the subject of reconciliation for students that are university-bound and within the ages of 13-18.

The theme for the 2017 Global Youth Forum is Peace through Reconciliation. Leadership skills will be learned through expert international lectures, small-group breakout sessions, team building, and community service. Not only do students develop skills on how to make a positive impact on the global community, but they also learn how to make a lasting impact within the community in their own backyard.

With the event held June 19-23, 2017 at the University of Missouri –Kansas City Campus, each speaker will play a significant role at the Global Youth Forum in helping students develop leadership skills and establish cross-cultural connections that will enable them to become future global leaders.

For over 60 years, PTPI has served as a global leader in connecting every-day citizens and businesses with cultural diversity and sustaining long-lasting friendships around the world. At the 2017 Global Youth Forum, students will gain a firsthand perspective from speakers who are experienced in the areas of the African, South American, and the South Asian regions. The goal for the students is to leave the Global Youth Forum with a new, global perspective, and to be able to address pressing international issues with mutual respect for other nations and individuals that hold different point of views than their own.

PTPI’s CEO & President, Mary Jean Eisenhower, holds the same objective for this year’s event: “As the world grows more connected through technology and development, we are excited to use this sort of approach to cultivate the next generation of global leaders. This year we have centered our curriculum on the theme of Peaceful Reconciliation and the significant role students can implement in confronting global challenges.”

A few speakers who will be present at the 2017 Global Youth Forum are:
  • Lynne M. Jackson, Founding President of the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation
  • Steve Youngblood, Director, Center for Global Peace Journalism at Park University
  • Dr. Dean Bartholomew, Director of Anthropology at the University of Kansas
  • Lindsay Harroff, doctoral candidate in Reconciliation & Nation Building, Department of Communication Studies at the University of Kansas
 
A special thanks to Chinyeh Hostler and the Hostler Endowment for their generous donation and dedication in making the 2017 Global Youth Forum possible.

People to People International (PTPI) was established by U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower on September 11, 1956 to enhance international understanding and friendship through educational, cultural, and humanitarian activities involving the exchange of ideas and experiences directly among peoples of different countries and diverse cultures. With its World Headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri USA, PTPI has reached more than 160 countries with people of all ages participating in our programs. With a U.S. not-for-profit [501 (c)(3)] tax rating, the organization is comprised of an international network of culturally knowledgeable global citizens who are an active force in creating and sustaining a more peaceful world.