Former president barack obama is expected to announce the new program Thursday at a two-day democracy forum the foundation is co-sponsoring in New York.
The Obama Foundation Leaders United States program is a six-month leadership development program for emerging leaders between 24 and 45 years old. The program will serve more than 100 US leaders in its first year. Participants will be chosen through a competitive application process.
In remarks prepared for delivery Thursday at the forum, Obama cites “consistently high interest” in the foundation’s programs as the reason for the expansion.
“The creativity, determination and passion of these leaders are already having an impact – in lives saved, environments restored, children educated,” he says. “They are creating new models for clean energy production and poverty reduction. It’s remarkable and inspiring – and a bit humbling, because I certainly didn’t have such an impact at their age.
“And the good news is that we’re only scratching the surface of what this next generation is capable of,” Obama said.
The Obama Foundation Leaders program has worked with more than 700 people in Africa, Asia-Pacific and Europe since its launch in 2018 after Obama, a Democrat, left the White House after two terms as president, according to the foundation. .
Longtime Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett said the U.S. expansion of the Leaders Program is “a continuation of our efforts to move it forward by helping the next generation.”
The foundation, in partnership with Columbia University and the University of Chicago, is hosting its first democracy forum in New York on Thursday and Friday. Democracy thinkers, leaders, and activists from around the world will discuss how to advance and strengthen democracy in the United States and abroad.
Obama is to close the first day of the forum with a speech and a conversation with a group of foundation leaders.
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