Prior to Project 55 being about students of law in action, it was a website for the Princeton Project 55. We are not affiliated to them in anyway, but you can find out more about them below in this blog post of their history.
Princeton Project 55 is a nonprofit organization established by members of the Class of 1955 at Princeton University to mobilize alumni and students, and others who share our concerns, to provide civic leadership and to develop and implement solutions to systemic problems that affect the public interest. PP55 was born of the realization that there is a vast untapped resource, available for the public good, among groups of college alumni. For information about the history of PP55, click here.
Please visit the PP55 office at 12 Stockton St. to learn more about the many exciting opportunities!
Princeton Project 55 (PP55) was conceived in 1989 in Washington, D.C. by members of Princeton University’s Class of 1955. It reflected then – and continues to reflect – a shared feeling that the Class and its generation had both an obligation and the capacity to contribute to the resolution of problems of broad social concern.
It reflected, too, the fact that classmates were of an age and status in life when many could redirect their energy, resources, and time to public interest concerns. Finally, classmates present at the time were moved by Ralph Nader’s challenge to put their experience, access, and influence at the service of Princeton undergraduates by creating what has become the Public Interest Program of summer Internships and yearlong Fellowships in the non-profit sector of American life.
These pages provide a brief snapshot of PP55’s first 10 years, beginning in 1989 following the Class mini-reunion.
- A series of planning meetings consider and debate the various initiatives proposed at the mini-reunion.
- A committee of classmates prepares a comprehensive proposal recommending that the Class establish a not-for-profit organization.
- The Officers and Executive Committee of the Class of 1955 approve the proposal. Princeton University President Harold Shapiro lends his strong endorsement.
- Princeton Project 55 (PP55) and the Center for Civic Leadership (an umbrella organization which coordinates and supports public interest projects approved by PP55) are launched.
- PP55 sponsors a conference, “Leadership ’55: Planning Meeting” to assess the feasibility of creating a national network of university alumni to encourage Americans to become more active in community service.
- PP55 launches its first initiative, the Public Interest Program, with 14 summer Interns and 8 yearlong Fellows. The PIP places participants in significant positions with public interest organizations. The program has since placed almost 700 young Princetonians as Interns or Fellows in 20 cities.
- PP55 sponsors a conference, “Alumni Making a Difference: An Exchange of Ideas,” attended by over 50 colleges and universities, to promote alumni involvement in community service.
- PP55 broadens its involvement in community service by beginning participation in youth mentoring programs in Trenton, NJ and Norwalk, CT.
PP55 co-sponsors a conference to encourage major national education associations to give higher priority to K-12 character education programs. The result of this conference is the creation of the Character Education Partnership, a national coalition dedicated to promoting character education in schools. PP55 serves as one of the organizing partners.
The Center for Civic Leadership welcomes its first tenant, Reachout 56, a community service initiative sponsored by Princeton University’s Class of 1956. Future inhabitants will include the Class of 1969’s Community Service Fund and the Class of 1998’s Princeton in Belize Initiative.
- PP55 organizes a study group of Princeton alumni to consider possible new directions for higher education in the post-Cold War era.
- PP55 founds the Care-Share program in Atlanta.
- The study group issues a report, “Princeton University in the 21st Century: Paths to More Effective Undergraduate Education,” and launches the Experiential Education Initiative to assist Princeton faculty, students, and staff in exploring academically rigorous models of experiential education.
- PP55 convenes a conference, “Tuberculosis: A Global Emergency,” at which representatives from 25 international organizations – including among others the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Department of Health and Human Services – agree that there is a critical need to build effective support for TB control.
- PP55 launches its Tuberculosis Initiative. We quickly discover that we have remarkable convening power as a “neutral” party.
PP55 launches The Alumni Network to encourage and support PP55-type alumni-based public interest organizations at 50 colleges and universities by 2005.
- Planning begins for the next ten years!