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Obama Foundation  The Obama Foundation is a living, working start-up for citizenship — an ongoing project for us to shape, together, what it means to be a good citizen.

It’s that time of year—check out @barackobama’s NCAA Brackets at the link in our bio and see how your picks compare.

Zarlasht Halaimzai, one of our #ObamaFellows, co-founded @refugeetrauma to provide refugees in Greece with vital psychosocial support. Learn how her own harrowing experience as a refugee led her to this work to help others at the link in our bio.

On April 6, @barackobama will travel to Berlin for a town hall with hundreds of young leaders from across Europe. He’ll be answering their questions and learning more about how we can best support their good work.

Make sure you don’t miss the #ObamaTownHall about the future of community leadership in Europe. Sign up for a livestream reminder at the link in our bio.

Koketso Moeti wanted to channel the power of technology to amplify the voices of marginalized communities—primarily black women—in South Africa. That’s why she founded amandla.mobi, a movement of over 250,000 people working to build a more just and people-powered country. Learn more about one of our inaugural #ObamaFellows at the link in our bio.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day ☘️

“If you don’t have a seat at the table...create a table and look for people to join it.” When #MBKRising came to a close, we asked a few of the young men of color about their biggest takeaways from the event. Read more about why this quote from Ras Baraka stuck out to Quamiir Trice as an educator at the link in our bio.

To celebrate #internationalwomensday, the @GlobalGirlsAlliance is sharing Diana’s story—a young woman from Malawi who overcame insurmountable obstacles to pursue an education and follow her dreams.

“We started out trying to showcase how people can use technology to accelerate connection, reach and impact. We also started showcasing how anybody could become a changemaker. And it worked.” Preethi Herman, one of our inaugural #ObamaFellows, founded the She Creates Change program at the Change.org Foundation in India to unite people around her country and beyond to push for change—and to keep women leaders at the forefront. See how she does it at the link in our bio.

There’s joy in the work of breaking down barriers. At #MBKRising, Joshua Mays (@JoshuaMaysArt) brought that joy to life through his art.
As a local artist, Joshua worked with the Obama Foundation and @MBK_Alliance team to create and design the printed and digital art showcased at the event in Oakland. Inspired by the modern age of technology and the voices of young men of color, Joshua approached his work with a mission to tell these young men that “the world is yours.” We sat down with Joshua to talk more about his artistic method and his experience at #MBKRising. Read it all at the link in our bio.

At the Obama Foundation, we believe everyone has a role to play in shaping the future of their communities.
To help young people in Chicago, IL and Hartford, CT get started, we’re now accepting applications for  the Community Leadership Corps—a six-month program designed to empower and train young people to make a difference. The program will include in-person trainings, online coaching, and project funding.
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Five years ago today, @BarackObama announced the My Brother’s Keeper initiative to expand opportunities for boys and young men of color. Read his reflections on the work of @MBK_Alliance over the years and the young leaders he met at #MBKRising in Oakland last week at the link in our bio.

This week, @MBK_Alliance hosted a national convening to bring together our growing network of communities, cross-sector leaders, and young men all working hard to help boys and young men of color achieve their dreams.
Watch some of our favorite moments with @BarackObama, @StephenCurry30, @JohnLegend, and more at the link in our bio.

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