Obama Foundation To Host First Global Summit

Obama is returning to his roots by announcing new community leader summit

Barack Obama is on an ambitious new mission: to bring people together to change not just their communities but also the world at large.

One of the new projects is an Obama Foundation fellowship "to support and elevate outstanding civic innovators - individuals from around the world who are working with their fellow citizens to tackle big challenges", Obama said in the email.

Early Wednesday morning, former President Barack Obama announced in a video a plan for the inaugural Obama Foundation Summit.

"This leadership summit will be a place to gather and learn from one another, and then to go back to your communities and lead others towards hard work and change".

"When President Obama left public office in January, he asked people to believe-not in his ability to bring about change, but in their own".

"We want to hear your ideas and help you lift up good work that's already going on in your communities", Obama continued, adding that he has sat down with young people "from Chicago to Berlin to Jakarta" to hear directly from future leaders. No exact locations of where the Summit will be held in Chicago have been listed yet. The focus will be "to exchange ideas, explore creative solutions to common problems, and experience civic art, technology, and music from around the world". The initiatives announced today reflect the input from those conversations. "This is only the beginning-our programs will grow as we continue to listen and learn". The first Training Day takes place in Chicago on October 14.

Obama said he and wife Michelle hope the summit will open the door to "hear directly from the future leaders we want to cultivate", he said.

The summit is planned for the same city that will house Obama's presidential library and his presidential center, according to The Hill.

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