My Journey

December 01, 2005

My 2006 People to People Journey

I am so excited and honored to be a 2006 People to People Student Ambassador. As a Student Ambassador I will be joining less than one percent of all American Students who have been selected to travel on behalf of People to People and represent its goals and ideals.

Since it's beginning in 1956, the People to People Student Ambassador program has helped thousands of young Americans explore their world. My journey will be 2006 Myths & Legends through England & Scotland where I will have the opportunity to exlore cultural differences, and learn about many historic and mytical places.

To learn more about People to People or my 2006 Myths & Legends journey visit the links on the left.

An excerpt from a letter to Student Ambassadors from Mary Eisenhower, grandaughter of President Dwight D. Eisenhower and current President and CEO, People to People International
My grandfather, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, a man of vision and integrity, accepted the mantle of leadership of the United States at a particularly difficult time. The Cold War was gaining momentum in a world divided by politics. Nations were stockpiling weapons of mass destruction at an alarming rate and the world itself seemed to be careening toward another global armed conflict. Granddad believed that the only way to prevent another conflict was to build international understanding one person at a time. He believed that "people want peace. Indeed, I believe they want peace so much that the governments will just have to step aside and let them have it."

This belief inspired my grandfather to call a special conference of 100 American civic leaders, including Walt Disney, Joyce Hall (founder of Hallmark Cards), Conrad Hilton, Jesse Owens, and Norman Rockwell. My grandfather asked these civilian leaders to help him start a program called "People to People," which would put ordinary American citizens in contact with citizens from other lands. He believed that people could find common ground if they visited each other's homes, schools and communities. This knowledge would eliminate the misunderstandings, misperceptions and suspicions born from fear of things unknown.

In 1963, the first delegation of Student Ambassadors went forth, forging new friendships. Shortly after the first delegation of students returned, inspired by the goals and aspirations of People to People, Walt Disney opened the timeless attraction "It's a Small World" at Disneyland.

From that time forward, the Student Ambassador Program has helped thousands of young Americans explore their world.