At the Obama Foundation, we believe everyone has a role to play in the future of their communities and our shared world. That’s why we’re always working to inspire, empower, and equip people with the tools they need to create change together. And we believe that work starts with young people.
Community Leadership Corps
The Community Leadership Corps is an opportunity for young people, between the ages of 18-25, to come together and develop projects that address opportunities and challenges in their community. When we launched the program in 2018, it took place in our home of Chicago, Columbia, South Carolina, and Phoenix, Arizona. In 2019, the program took place in Chicago and Hartford, Connecticut.
What was the 2019 community leadership corps?
- Six-month program
- 2019 Locations: Chicago, IL and Hartford, CT
The Community Leadership Corps is designed to empower and train young people invested in their communities and eager to make a difference.
THE COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP CORPS IS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WHO are:
- Between 18-25 years old
- Invested in their community
- Eager to grow as a leader
We believe leadership shows up in many ways. Our expectation is not that everyone shows up to the Community Leadership Corps as a leader–but our hope is they leave as one. Along with leadership potential and a commitment to one’s community, when reviewing applications, we look for alignment with Obama Foundation values like humility and teamwork.
WHAT DOES THE COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP CORPS INCLUDE?
- Three in-person trainings
- Online coaching
- Project funding
- Connection to the Obama Foundation network
Members will be placed on teams to design and implement community projects. The trainings, coaching, funds, and connections are designed to support those projects.
WHAT ARE COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP CORPS TRAININGS LIKE?
- Tailored to members
You’ll be able to walk out the door with fundamental skills and knowledge about design thinking, community organizing, project management, and equity-centered leadership.
Community Leadership From Every Angle
From success coaches to facilitators to the teams themselves, meet the people who made up the 2019 Community Leadership Corps.
Our 2019 Cohort
Watch Community Leadership Corps Members in Action
From the stage at the Obama Foundation Summit to communities where they are putting their projects into action, watch our Community Leadership Corps members in action.
Here are a few of our favorite moments from the 2019 Community Leadership Corps program.
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