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How It All Started

​People to People International has strived to enhance friendship and understanding among the world’s people for more than 50 years.  We thought you might like to know how it all started at U.S. President Eisenhower’s 1956 White House Press Conference, which gathered notable business and civic leaders to bring his vision to life.

How It All Started

Here’s an excerpt from a summary of a detailed historical outline of PTPI by Mrs. William C. Menninger, who formerly served as President of PTPI as well as Chairman of the Board of Trustees:

Following the meeting of U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Soviet Premier Nikita Krushchev in Geneva, Switzerland in July, 1955, it seemed as though the “Cold War” with Russia was beginning to thaw.  In his report to the nation soon afterward, President Eisenhower said “The subject that took most of my attention was the possibility of increased visits overseas by the citizens of one country into the territory of the other nation.  In this subjet there was the fullest possible agreement between the West and the Soviet Union.”

Read the full article here and take the time to tell us why you support PTPI’s mission.  Thoughts from our global membership will be shared in this year’s issue of People magazine.

Please tell us:  Why do you believe PTPI’s mission is still important today?  And what do you or your community gain from your involvement with PTPI?  Comment here or email your response to ptpipublications@ptpi.org.
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Olivia

It's highly important because it instills confidence in all students and makes them better people in the world. It not only shows US students and families, but students and families from all over the world that it can be a wonderful place to be aside from all the things that lead us to believe otherwise. It shows us that even though we may look, speak, act, and live differently, we still have many similarities. We all speak the language of love and kindness and that can be communicated through action (and if needed, google translate). It gives students that may not necessarily like where they are to go and see that the world is huge and so many other places are there with welcome arms. That the world is way bigger than the little one they live in at home. Then with the help of fundraising they can show other students that they too, can work and go see the big beautiful world too. People to People also helps connect industries with culture sharing. Just one kind word or act could make a huge different in people's perspectives of other cultures and in a time of such separateness, that is so important. Through my experience with People to People, I have a home-stay sister in Sicily that would take me in anytime if I needed as I would for her. Imagine if we could do that on massive level. It would reduce massive amounts of hate. This program could start a cultural revolution of shared friendships, business, and government interests and I'd do anything to help it and other students succeed.