Barack Obama Is Hosting A Global Summit, And He Wants Young Leaders To Join Him

It will take place in Chicago.

Upon leaving office in January, former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama launched the Obama Foundation, whose mission is to "inspire and empower people to change the world."

On Wednesday, the foundation announced its first set of initiatives, including a global summit to be hosted this fall in Obama's hometown of Chicago. In a video announcing the event, the former president explained that the inaugural summit will bring together "hundreds of leaders from all around the world for a hands-on exchange of ideas."

"This 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 continued. 

According to the Obama Foundation website, the summit will take place on October 31 and November 1 of this year, and also feature "civic art, technology, and music from around the world."

The foundation is extending invitations to leaders from around the world, but it's also asking young people to apply for their own spot at the event. "We're inviting incredible young leaders who are passionate about social change and civic engagement to apply to attend," the website explains. "The ideal candidate is active in their community, and will bring a unique perspective to share with other attendees."

Those interested should apply by September 27.

According to USA Today, the foundation also announced a two-year, residential fellowship for "civic innovators." The first class will contain 20 fellows who will receive "hands-on training, resources, and leadership development."

The foundation will also be hosting a series of "training days" (the first three to be held in Chicago, Boston, and Tempe, Ariz.) to teach and inspire young people to make a difference. Additionally, the Obama Foundation will continue work on My Brother's Keeper Alliance, launched during Obama's presidency to improve opportunities for young men of color.

We're glad to see that, even out of office, Obama is continuing to inspire change.

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