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How many of you would be willing to serve your country and the cause of peace by living in and workin g in developing countries President Kennedy asked that very question to 10000 students at University of Michigan Ann Arbor on October 14 1960 With asking that President Kennedy had no idea what would be in store for the future when he asked that question The reaction that he got from the crowd was a quick and enthusiastic response For the past 40 years more than 165000 Americans have responded to this challenge given to them by President Kennedy on that fateful day And since then the Peace Corps has demonstrated how the power of an idea can capture the imagination of an entire nation In President Kennedys inaugural speed made January 20 1961 he challenged a new generation of Americans to join a grand and global allianceto fight tyranny poverty disease and warKennedy peacecorpsgov To those people in the huts and villages across the globe struggling to break the bonds of mass misery we pledge our best efforts to help them help themselvesKennedy peacecorpsgov As of March 1 1961 the Peace Corps has been here ever since and will not be going away any time soon In the first year of establishing the Peace Corps there were 5000 applicants to take the first exam to enter into the Peace Corps On September 22 1961 there Congress gave a mandate authorizing the Peace Corps the promote world peace and friendship This mandate can be achieved by three goals stated by Congress The first goal is to help the people of the countries and areas to help meet their need for trained workers The second goal of the Peace Corps is to help promote a better understanding of Americans to those in need of help And the third goal is to help promote a better understanding of other people by help from Americans By
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