On the 50th anniversary of his passing, we honor the legacy of President John F. Kennedy. We trace our roots and mission to 1960, when then-Senator Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. His inspiration led to the establishment of this agency in 1961 with a mission to promote world peace and friendship.

Today, we are more vital than ever, working in collaboration with public and private partners in emerging and essential areas such as education, information technology, agriculture and environment, and business development in countries around the world. The Peace Corps is committed to giving all Americans who want to serve the opportunity to make a difference and bring their experience back home to enrich their communities here in the United States.

Since 1961, more than 215,000 Americans of all ages and backgrounds have responded to Kennedy’s enduring challenge, demonstrating how the power of an idea can capture the imagination of an entire nation.


University of Michigan students started a sit-in in the Central Student Government chambers on March 19, 2014 to push for the University’s divestment from companies involved in violating Palestinian human rights. (All images are subject to copyright)

StarKid in Ann Arbor on October 8th!

Hey everyone!  We’re going back to the place where our story began with a show we’re calling “A Very StarKid Reunion.” This special return to Ann Arbor will be a retrospective on the beginnings of StarKid, featuring music, laughs, and as many members of StarKid as we can gather in one place! Tickets aren’t open to the public yet, but we’ll let you know as soon as they are!  And there should be plenty to go around so make your travel plans now!

Where: Ann Arbor, MI
When: October 8th 2015
What: Concert/Review with as many StarKids as can make it!