Former President Barack Obama continues to inspire civic leaders around the world, and next month he is inviting them to meet in Chicago. Obama’s plan is that they will exchange ideas and come up with solid plans to solve common issues. Obama’s statement is subtly directed at President Trump.
The Obama Foundation Leadership Summit “will be a place to gather and learn from one another, and then go back to your communities to lead others in the hard work of change,” Obama said via email and video.
The former president hopes that the summit will gather hundreds of leaders, many of them young people. The summit is just the start of several initiatives the Foundation is working on.
Obama said, “In the weeks and months ahead, we’ll be kicking off more initiatives and opportunities for people like you to get involved with the Obama Foundation’s mission. That mission is simple: We want to inspire and empower people to change the world.”
The email that Obama sent to his supporters stated that one of the new projects is an Obama Foundation fellowship “to support and elevate outstanding civic innovators, individuals from around the world who are working with their fellow citizens to tackle big challenges.”
Obama also mentioned other projects, including “training days,” which he said will “teach young people how to put civics into action where they live.”
In the near future Obama’s signature My Brother’s Keeper Alliance program will be completely integrated with the Obama Foundation.
Obama said he and his wife, Michelle, want to achieve a lot at the Summit, nothing more than to “hear directly from the future leaders we want to cultivate,” according to The Hill.
“And what makes me so hopeful, so optimistic, is that so many of you have shown up, dived in and embraced the kind of active citizenship that makes our democracy work,” Obama said.
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