Portland, OR. When Michelle Obama visited Portland for her sold-out appearance at the Moda Center on March 19th, she also visited Broadway Books. She promoted, Becoming and wrote on her Facebook page that she, “Spent time with a group of young professional women who are juggling careers, relationships, and children, and trying to find a little time for themselves too. We talked about the importance of self-care and finding a group of women to support us through all our ups and downs as we try to manage our chaotic lives.”
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Our Mission is to inspire, empower, and connect people to change their world.
That mission begins at home, on the South Side of Chicago, where we are building the Obama Presidential Center. But it extends to all our work, whether it’s holding leadership training sessions in communities throughout the U.S., bringing local leaders together in countries around the world, working to support the global education of girls, or ensuring young men of color have pathways to opportunity.
Learn more about these initiatives below.
Global Girls Alliance
The Global Girls Alliance continues the work of First Lady Michelle Obama to empower adolescent girls around the world through education. Learn how you can directly support the grassroots leaders working to educate adolescent girls today.
Leaders: Africa is a year-long initiative to inspire, empower, and connect 200 emerging leaders from across Africa to take on the biggest challenges in their communities, countries, and continent. Explore +
Community Leadership Corps
The Obama Foundation Community Leadership Corps builds upon our pilot training programs to bring together rising leaders to identify and address community issues. Learn More+
Community Leadership Training Day
The Community Leadership Training Day is a one and a half day, introductory training that is designed for young people ages 18 to 25 who want to get involved in their community, but, don’t know where to start. Read More +
We developed the Obama Foundation Scholars Program to give rising young leaders around the world who are already making a difference in their communities the opportunity to take their work to the next level through a newly designed curriculum that brings together academic, skills-based, and hands-on learning. Read more +
My Brother’s Keeper Alliance
To ensure all young people can reach their full potential, the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance focuses on mobilizing mentors, reducing youth violence, and improving life outcomes for boys and young men of color. Read more +
The Obama Foundation Fellowship supports outstanding civic innovators from around the world in order to amplify the impact of their work and to inspire a wave of civic innovation. Read more +
We brought civic leaders from around Chicago, the U.S., and the world to come together to exchange ideas, explore creative solutions to common problems, and experience civic art, technology, and music. Read more +
Obama Foundation Values
With you, we will inspire and empower people to change their world.
We focus on solving problems, not taking sides. We strive to collaborate, not to compete. We win when ordinary citizens understand the impact every individual can make in a community, regardless of who they are or what they believe. For us, there is victory in civic engagement that goes beyond border, party, or pride.
We are defined by our values:
We are invested in the success of others, we treat each other with respect and kindness, and we will work diligently to lift each other up.
We share a passion for impacting the lives of those around us. Sometimes that means speaking up and other times that means stepping aside to create space for other voices. We recognize that we do not have all the answers, and we commit to showing up and learning from others.
We recognize that how we do our work and how we collaborate with others is just as important as what we are seeking to accomplish.
We value each other’s contributions and hold the conviction that only from diverse backgrounds and divergent points of view can we find the best solutions.
We roll up our sleeves, work hard, and focus on what we are giving back to our communities, rather than what we are gaining ourselves. When we find success, we remember and support those who are just beginning to take risks and make a difference.
We have a fearless mindset. We are not afraid of taking risks, sharing a new idea, meeting new people, or admitting when we just don’t know the answer. Something great might come of it.
We strive to be novel thinkers. Unconventional ideas and new perspectives are why we’re here. We are willing to make big bets on ideas that haven’t been tried before as we aim to solve the hardest problems of our times.