Friday, September 22, 2017

Feel Good Friday - The Obama Foundation

Happy Feel Good Friday! Yesterday I was at a conference in Utah where Michelle Obama was a featured speaker. She was inspiring, articulate and charming and it made me wonder what she and that husband of hers have been up to lately. Here's the answer: The Obama Foundation

You can click here to watch a short message from President Obama or, you work in an open office environment and forgot your headphones, you can read more below.

The foundation has just been created and, as stated on their website, "Our mission is to inspire and empower people to change their world." The goal is to make programs accessible to people with and without experience. "We'll equip civic innovators, young leaders, and everyday citizens with the skills and tools they need to create change in their communities."

There are four programs in place to help realize this goal:

  • A fellowship for civic innovators, which they see as "organizers, inventors, artists, entrepreneurs, journalists, and more" to help amplify the impact of their work. 
  • A summit for civic leaders from around the world, which is taking place in Chicago. 
  • Training Days to teach young people across the country to engage in civic life.
  • My Brother's Keeper Alliance to address opportunity gaps for boys and young men of color.
The Foundation will be located in the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago, and construction is underway.

This is a developing story and since there aren't always opportunities to chat with Michelle about it, the best way to keep up with what's happening is to jump on the social media train by liking the Obama Foundation Facebook page and following them on Twitter @ObamaFoundation.

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