Peace Corps Founded
First Peace Corp Volunteers with Sargent Shriver the first director of the Peace Corp
One of President Kennedy's first proposals was the creation of a Peace Corps to aid developing nations.
The peace corps encouraged young people just out of college to give a year or two of their time to work as teachers, health care workers, or other advisors in poor nations in Africa, Asia and South America. The first head of the Peace Corps was the President's brother-in-law, Sargent Shriver.