The Community Leadership Corps program is designed to empower and train young leaders to create the world they want to live in by working to address an issue in their community. The program offers in-person and online programming to increase leadership skills and expand networks. In each city, the program will consist of two in-person trainings, online trainings, and ongoing guidance.

Highly motivated young people who believe in their ability to make change will participate in this program — individuals who have bold ideas for the future and are eager to grow as community leaders.

Stay tuned for more information about the 2019 program!


The Community Leadership Corps kicked off in Phoenix, Arizona on June 9, bringing together 35 young leaders for immersive activities. The goal was to equip them with the skills they need to tackle a specific issue in their community. After the training, participants returned to their communities to discuss their chosen issue with local residents and start working to address it.


Continuing the kickoff, another cohort of Community Leadership Corps participants began their journey in Columbia, SC, on June 15. Participants developed their personal narratives and identified the issues they wanted to tackle in their own communities. As the three-day gathering came to a close, these young people were encouraged to recruit two more people to join their project team to return with them for the Community Leadership Corps Bootcamp being held later this year.


The kickoff tour ended back in Chicago, where the final cohort of participants gathered at Malcolm X College on the city’s West Side to deepen their understanding of civic engagement and the powerful role they can play in their communities. Over the two day event, young people spent time strengthening their communication skills while building on their leadership skills through workshops focused on facilitation and collaboration.



Have demonstrated leadership skills.

Are invested in their local communities.

Are aligned with the Obama Foundation values.

Are between the ages of 18 - 25 for the duration of the program.

(June - November 2018)

Are eager to bring people together to address community problems.

Living in the following places:

Columbia, SC (Lexington and Richland Counties)

Phoenix, AZ (Maricopa, Pinal, and Gila Counties, as well as Tribal Communities in the valley)

Chicago, IL (Cook County)

Available for in-person trainings on the following dates:

Columbia, SC: Kickoff: June 15 - 17, Bootcamp: August 10 - 12

Phoenix, AZ: Kickoff: June 9 - 10, Bootcamp: August 3 - 5

Chicago, IL: Kickoff: June 23 - 24, Bootcamp: August 17 - 19


Applications for the Community Leadership Corps program are not open at this time, but more information about 2019 opportunities will be coming soon! To receive program updates including future application openings, you can sign up for our email list here.