The Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Initiative is in its ninth year. We are hosting 2017 fellows June 24-July 22. Five groups have previously visited Wake Forest Campus. In 2009 we had a reunion at the American University of Bulgaria. The Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Initiative offers opportunities designed to foster relationships among youth from Europeans and American in order to advance links and awareness of shared values, encounter principles of freedom and cooperation as challenges of the global 21st Century. Inspiring the Institutes is American statesman and diplomat, Benjamin Franklin, who prized religious tolerance over intolerance, social mobility over class privilege, and was a firm believer in free speech. We seek an environment that encourages individual expression, communications, and information sharing in an effort to advance positive relationships among the various ethnic, religious, and national groups.