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Obama Foundation announces civics summit, fellowship.
  Wednesday 13 September, 2017
Obama Foundation announces civics summit, fellowship.

The Obama Foundation announced Wednesday its first set of initiatives since former president Barack Obama left office, including a summit and fellowship for civic leaders.

The summit will be held on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, bringing in hundreds of civic leaders from around the world to discuss ideas and solutions.

"We're bringing together hundreds of leaders from all around the world for a hands-on exchange of ideas in my hometown and the future site of the Obama Presidential Center the city of Chicago," Obama said in a video announcing the summit. "This leadership summit will be a place to gather and learn from one another, and then go back to your communities to lead other in the hard work of change."

The foundation also announced a fellowship for "civic innovators," described as people who are working with others to "tackle big challenges."

"We want to lift up the amazing work that organizers, inventors, artists, entrepreneurs, journalists and others are doing -- and if we do it right, together we'll show the world that each of us has a role to play in our civic life," an email sent to foundation supporters read.

The foundation also announced that it will hold "training days" across the country, inviting young people to learn how to put civics into action. The first three training days will be held in Chicago, Boston and Tempe, Ariz.

Additionally, the foundation said the My Brother's Keeper Alliance, launched during the Obama administration, will become an initiative of the foundation. It works on building communities for boys and young men of color.

Source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/09/13/obama-foundation-announces-civics-summit-fellowship/661704001/

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