When we look back at 2018, we see all of you: emerging leaders who are embarking on journeys of change throughout the world; supporters who are helping us bring the Obama Presidential Center to life; and the millions of people who are following along, inspired to build a brighter future in their own communities. Take a look at our year in review, then tell us how you're committing to make your community a better place in 2019.
February 12, 2018
Watch: Unveiling of President and Mrs. Obama’s Portraits at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery“The arts have always been central to the American experience. They provoke thought, challenge our assumptions, and shape how we define our narrative… More
February 27, 2018
More than 500 Newark youth, including boys and young men of color, had the opportunity to interact and interview with employers, be hired on-the-spot, and other career training resources.
We’re committed to ensuring that the community that has given so much to the Obamas benefits directly from the Obama Presidential Center. Check out the commitments and keep up with our progress+
April 2, 2018
To honor the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr’s death, President Obama and Congressman John Lewis hosted a My Brother’s Keeper Alliance round table with students from Ron Brown College Preparatory High School in Washington, D.C. See more from the day+
April 16, 2018
20,000 applications. 191 countries. 20 Fellows. Meet the class+
The Community Leadership Corps is a six-month program that brings together young people in Phoenix, AZ; Columbia, SC; and Chicago, IL to learn how to take on the biggest challenges they see in their local communities. Explore the program+
July 18, 2018
President Obama joined the 200 Africa Leaders for a Town Hall that continued the conversation about what it means to be a global citizen and make an impact — and how the Obama Foundation can support their efforts.
Over the course of the year, MBK Alliance hosted online Town Halls to bring MBK Community Leaders around the country together to ask questions and to learn best practices from one another. Special guests included award-winning American hip-hop recording artist Common, Trayvon Martin Foundation founder and Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton, and former Secretary of Education and MBK Alliance Advisory Council Member Arne Duncan.
Halfway through the six-month program, Community Leadership Corps members gathered yet again—and brought two new friends with them—for in-person trainings and to provide updates on their community projects. Learn more about the program+
In one-and-a-half days, young people between the ages of 18 and 25 were exposed to the skills they’ll need to change their communities for the better. Get to know some of the young people who were in the room+
October 23, 2018More
October 31, 2018
The Chicago City Council voted 48-0 to approve agreements between the City of Chicago and the Obama Foundation related to the Obama Presidential Center and Museum, the last step in the City’s approval process related to the Center. Read the full story+
I see myself in these young people.
President Obama on the youth MBK Alliance communities impact every day
November 15, 2018
Nineteen communities across the United States that are making steady progress to substantially improve the lives of boys and young men of color were selected as MBK Community Competition winners. Get to know the communities+
November 15, 2018
From an MBK Alliance community gathering to the Community Leadership Corps Capstone event, to Fellows grabbing dinner with Scholars, program participants from across the country and around the world traveled to Chicago for our second Obama Foundation Summit. See highlights from the Summit+
There are few endeavors that are worthwhile that you can do by yourself.
President Obama at the Obama Foundation Summit