2019 Community Leadership Corps

We just announced our newest Community Leadership Corps members! Learn more below.


See our Chicago-based cohort.


See our Hartford-based cohort

Community Leadership Corps

The Community Leadership Corps is an opportunity for young people ages 18-25 to come together and develop projects that address opportunities and challenges in their community. For more information about the program, you can visit our FAQ page.

What is the community leadership corps?

  • Six-month program
  • 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.


  • 18-25 year olds
  • Invested in their community
  • Eager to grow as a leader
  • Adaptable

We believe leadership shows up in many ways. Our expectation is not that everyone shows up as a leader but leaves as one. Along with community investment and leadership potential we look for adaptability and alignment with Obama Foundation values like humility and teamwork when reviewing applications.


  • Three in-person trainings
  • Online coaching
  • Project funding
  • Connection to 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.


  • Hands-on
  • Tailored
  • Practical

You’ll be able to walk out the door with fundamental knowledge and skills about design thinking, community organizing, project management, and equity-centered leadership.

A Closer Look at the Community Leadership Corps

Learn more about the Community Leadership Corps by flipping through the journey of Dejah Powell, a corps member from Chicago, and a selection of videos from the first cohort. You can learn more about Dejah and her team here.

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2018 Community Leadership Training Days

Every generation has a chance to remake history. But if you’re a young person who wants to change the world, where do you start? We created Community Leadership Training Days to help young people answer that question.

The Community Leadership Training Day is a one-and-a-half-day experience designed to inspire and equip young people between the ages of 18 and 25 with the skills and tools they need to create change in their communities. We’ve already hosted Training Days in cities ranging from Tempe to Oakland to Oklahoma City. Take a look at the experiences of some of our recent participants in Dallas below.

"I am now accepting the fact that “I belong” and that my community needs real voices and direct representations of who we are."

Tiara Cooper, 25 Client Services Coordinator, Student she · her · hers
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"I show up by creating spaces for others to live their truth."

Hanlyn Tyler, 19 Student they · them · theirs
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"I care about my community because it’s comprised of people with different experiences who want an equal shot at the same thing: happiness."

Uzodinma Mgbahurike, 20 Student he · him · his
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"When I hold a vial of insulin in my hand, I hold someone’s life and means of survival."

Danielle Carty, 19 Certified Pharmacy Technician she · her · hers
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"As a country, we all have imperfections and we're not embracing them. We're attacking each other for them. We are all imperfect, but we also have a lot to bring to the table."

Jonathan Pena Vice Principal he · him · his
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"My goal is to spend my life serving and uplifting the people in this city."

Sommer Iqbal, 23 Legislative Coordinator, Dallas, TX she · her · hers
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"I really care about children, they are the jewels in our future. If we don't grab their hands now and teach them to become one, there will be no unity in the country."

Lamontria Edwards, 18 Entrepreneur, Student she · her · hers
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"In the homeless community, there are so many brilliant people; people with potential, people who have something to offer and want to offer it."

Alicen Brown, 25 Contributing Writer she · her · hers
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