JFK Centennial CelebrationCelebrate his legacy of leadership.

At Apple, we share the same vision of leadership through service, courage, innovation, and inclusion that guided John F. Kennedy’s presidency. Together with the JFK Library, we’ve curated a collection of learning materials and activities to help commemorate his centennial year and inspire the next generation of leaders.

Leading Through Service

Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.

JFK’s Inaugural Address, nineteen sixty one

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Exploring Service in the Classroom Go on a virtual Peace Corps mission.

In nineteen sixty, JFK gave a speech at the University of Michigan that led to the establishment of the United States Peace Corps. Inspire your students with the work of Peace Corps Volunteers by listening to the Peace Corps Community Resources podcast.

Listen to the podcast

Then use the JFK Challenge app on iPad to take students on a virtual Peace Corps mission in Colombia. They’ll build hospitals, dig waterways, and experience JFK’s vision for US citizens offering their services in over one hundred forty countries around the world.

Download the JFK Challenge app

Leading Through Courage

To be courageous requires no exceptional qualifications, no magic formula, no special combination of time, place, and circumstance. It is an opportunity that sooner or later is presented to us all.

John F. Kennedy, Profiles in Courage

Exploring Courage in the Classroom Define political courage.

In nineteen sixty, JFK became the thirty fith President of the United States and the youngest ever elected to office. Have students read excerpts from his book Profiles in Courage to identify characteristics of political courage.

Get the book Profiles in Courage.

Then have them create a Keynote presentation to tell the story of a current local, national, or international profile in political courage. They can also submit their story to the JFK Library’s Profile in Courage Essay Contest.

Download Keynote

Download Keynote

Leading Through Innovation

We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.

JFK’s Address to Rice University, nineteen sixty two

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Exploring Innovation in the Classroom What’s your “moonshot”?

In nineteen sixty two, John Glenn became the first American to orbit Earth as part of the NASA program, which was expanded under JFK’s presidency. Listen to JFK’s message to Congress urging support for such innovative programs.

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Encourage your students to consider and discuss urgent needs for innovation today. Using the GarageBand app on iPad, let them create and record their own message to share their ideas.

Download GarageBand

Download GarageBand

Leading Through Inclusion

Today we are committed to a worldwide struggle to promote and protect the rights of all who wish to be free.

JFK’s National Address on Civil Rights, nineteen sixty three

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Exploring Inclusion in the Classroom Youth in action.

In nineteen sixty three, over two hundred thousand people participated in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Read the March: Book One graphic novel with your students to learn about key moments from the Civil Rights movement.

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Then have them work in groups to define a local topic of importance, and use the Comic Strip Comic Maker app to create their own graphic novel that demonstrates the key issues of debate.

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Take learning further.

The Life of JFK Explore a curated collection of movies, documentaries, podcasts, books, apps, music, and more.

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JFK Library Resources Explore historical materials and full lesson plans by grade level from the JFK Library.

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JFK in Your Town Discover and contribute to an international digital photo collection of places named after President Kennedy.

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