President Obama to Bring Civic Leaders to Chicago In October

Frederick Owens
September 13, 2017

Former President Barack Obama announced Wednesday morning that the Obama Foundation will hold a two-day "immersive event" in Chicago featuring hundreds of leaders from around the world later this year. The foundation says it will collaborate with "diverse" organizations in those communities.

This fall, we're kicking off Obama Foundation Training Days in three communities to energize young people - particularly those who are not yet engaged in civic life - and kickstart their work to make a difference.

Barack Obama is on an ambitious new mission: to bring people together to change not just their communities but also the world at large. The "immersive" summit, which lands in Chicago for two days this fall, will bring together civic leaders "from around Chicago, the US, and the world", according to the Foundation.

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In addition to the summit, the Foundation also recently announced its first-ever fellowship, aimed at supporting "civic innovators".

The Obama Foundation, the former president's post-White House venture, wants young people to become the next civic leaders of America.

To be held on October 31 and November 1 in Chicago, the summit is essentially a series of events and discussions addressing topics from art, music, and technology. Another project will be "training days", which he said will "teach young people how to put civics into action where they live". Former president Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama will both attend, according to the Foundation. "This is only the beginning-our programs will grow as we continue to listen and learn".

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