A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done.

- Dwight D. Eisenhower

A PTPI scholarship enabled Julius to attend his first Global Youth Forum (GYF) in 2014, and it changed his life. These are his remarks:

“I’ve traveled for the first time outside the country and made it to the U.S. first because of the GYF. I’ve been able to conquer my fear of public speaking. I’ve shared my thoughts and acquired more information about community service. I’ve met and made friends with people around the world who share the vision with me, to provide positive and significant changes in our own communities. I am really blessed and thankful for being part of the GYF because of the things I experienced and most especially for the things that I learned.  

Some of the realizations and things that I’ve learned are: genuine community needs are identified by the community itself; experience is one of the best ways to learn; leaders must share a common vision with their group; connection with many different people is the greatest asset of an individual; everybody can help in improving their community; and lastly, peace—though a big word—is achievable through understanding.”

PTPI Stories

We have 23,700 members around the world, and each has a story to tell. Discover the drives, dreams and ambitions of our PTPI network members, and then share your story with us. It’s how we break down barriers to peace and understanding.


Thank you for your ongoing support for our mission at People to People International. We, as a whole, continue to strive to live up to the legacy of world peace. But every day we make a choice to make a difference. That difference cannot be made without you and your contributions. Only together can we create everlasting peace and only together can we strive for and achieve greatness.

Merrill Eisenhower Atwater joined People to People International as the Chief Operating Officer in January 2018 and in April of that same year, he became Chief Executive Officer.

The People of People to People