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Barack Obama to Host Global Summit in Chicago: “We Want to Empower People to Change the World”

Former President Barack Obama to host a global summit in Chicago as his foundation’s inaugural summit, he said in a video on Wednesday announcing the event. He is taking action to get young people engaged in their communities.

Obama announced that he will gather civic leaders from around the world in October to exchange ideas and learn from one another.

“We want to inspire and empower people to change the world.” “And we hope you’ll be a part of it,” Obama said at the end of his message.

The summit will be held on October 31 – November 1.

According to a news release sent to us, the Obama Foundation has a slate of upcoming activities in addition to the summit:

Obama Foundation Fellowship: The Obama Foundation Fellowship seeks to support and elevate outstanding civic innovators from around the world in order to amplify the impact of their remarkable work and to inspire a powerful wave of civic innovation. Obama Foundation Fellows will be a diverse set of twenty community-minded rising stars—organizers, inventors, artists, entrepreneurs, journalists, and more—who are radically altering the civic engagement landscape.

The two-year, non-residential Fellowship will offer hands-on training, resources, and leadership development. Fellows will also participate in four multi-day gatherings where they will collaborate with each other, connect with potential partners and resources, and collectively push their work forward. Throughout the program, each Fellow will pursue a personalized plan to leverage Fellowship resources to take their work to the next level.  Applications for the inaugural fellowship class are open at

Obama Foundation Training Days: Starting in Chicago next month, the Obama Foundation will host three pilot Training Days – one-day experiences in locations around the country—to teach young people how to put “civics” into action, use their own story as a powerful tool for change, and become more active in shaping their communities. Each Training Day will include 150 young participants, ages 18 to 24. The Foundation has partnered with diverse organizations in each community—from universities to churches to opportunity youth organizations—to help us design and lead these trainings. The first Training Day will take place in Chicago, IL on October 14th, with additional trainings in Boston, MA and Tempe, AZ in November.  These pilot trainings will enable the Foundation to listen and learn from participants and shape the Foundation’s programming going forward as we scale our work.

My Brother’s Keeper Alliance: President Obama launched My Brother’s Keeper in February 2014 to address persistent opportunity gaps facing boys and young men of color, and in 2015 the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance was launched to scale and sustain the mission. Later this year, the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance will become an initiative of the Obama Foundation. Within the Foundation, MBKA will focus on building safe and supportive communities for boys and young men of color where they feel valued and have clear pathways to opportunity.

President Obama is staying busy and laying the groundwork to make a difference in the lives of millions post-presidency.