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Representation matters—every child should see themselves in the careers they want to pursue. Through camps, conferences, internships and mentoring programs, I Am Abel in Chicago is increasing exposure, education, and opportunities for underrepresented minorities in the medical field.

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“A hush came over the crowd. Everyone was just silent." * On November 4th, 2008, @BarackObama delivered a victory speech in Grant Park to over 200,000 people. Chicagoan Marieth Mitchell and her husband James were there, and after hugging strangers and cheering with the crowd, wanted a way to hold on to that moment. As Marieth left the park, her husband encouraged her to grab this t-shirt from a street vendor. It became her #ObamaKeepsake —reminding her of the bated breath the city held that night, the hope she experienced, the history she felt she was part of once she learned America had elected its first black President. * Over the next few months, we’ll be featuring an #ObamaKeepsake every Thursday—memorabilia that connect us to the special moments in @BarackObama and @MichelleObama ’s story. It's artifacts like these that will help us preserve the Obamas' legacy for generations to come as part of the Obama Presidential Center Museum. Tell us about your own keepsake at the link in our bio.

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@indusaction wants to help socially disadvantaged children in India access their right to a quality education. Hear from one of our #ObamaFellows on how they’re making it easier for every child to apply and enroll in schools across India—no matter where they’re born.

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Every town deserves to have its story told. Ashley Hanson and her team @placebasepro works with members of rural communities to help tell them. #obamafellows

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South Side southpaw. Happy #LeftHandersDay !

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As an artist, Rob uses an iPad to mimic “inking.” The process came about from trying to solve a creative problem: “How do I make static images move?” * Instead of reinventing the wheel, he adapted the method of comic book artists. By layering colors on one another, he mimics diluting the ink and creating a “wash.” By varying the widths in the outline of the faces, he brought the faces to life. * He calls this the drumbeat of the artwork.

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“What can I do where I am?” Inspired by the words of Toni Morrison, Candice Washington created @brownbooksandpaintbrushes , an initiative to educate young children on black culture through art, literature and cultural programming. Today, we reflect on the impact of Morrison’s words and how they helped make the world a better place.

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The Zulu and Xhosa necklace is one of the most iconic pieces of jewelry in South African culture. As a symbol of leadership, it became the working concept for the #ObamaLeaders : Africa logo. For @wakwatshuma , transforming traditional African design is just another day at work. Meet the artist behind the design of #ObamaLeaders : Africa at the link in our bio.

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A school garden just might be the first step in learning how to take care of the planet. Through @greenourplanet , one of our #ObamaFellows is helping grow the next generation of conservationists.

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During @BarackObama ’s two terms, Rob Pruitt had a daily routine: paint a portrait of the first black president. By the time President Obama left office, Pruitt had created almost 3,000 paintings—and an artistic legacy of the administration. Read more at the link in our bio.

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These 200 #ObamaLeaders all share the same passion for making their continent—and the world— a better place. See how they came together at our week-long convening in Johannesburg and inspired each other to take their work to the next level.

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You saw @BarackObama 's big surprise, but what did our interns think? Hear the Obama Youth Jobs Corps interns reflect on a Tuesday they’ll never forget.

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Nelson Mandela showed the world how to lead through service. On #MandelaDay , we reflect on what that means. Hear what these #ObamaLeaders had to say last week when they spent the day fixing up a local school in Johannesburg.

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A @barackobama surprise is the best surprise. Take a look at his visit today with Chicago @UrbanAlliance Obama Youth Job Corps interns.

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They’re ready to take their civic leadership to the next level. They’re ready to change the world. Congratulations to the 200 #ObamaLeaders returning to their homes across Africa after a week of leadership development, connection, and empowerment.

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Sometimes, a little failure can do a lot of good. Today in Johannesburg, the #ObamaLeaders celebrated Failure Fest—a chance to break down some of their best ideas. The leaders had to swallow their pride, summon their courage, and bare their failures in front of hundreds of their peers. When it comes to creating lasting change, failure is part of the process. It takes resilience to stand back up after you fall down, especially when you put your heart and soul into that fight. But those are some of the most defining moments in doing the work that we do. The moments that feel like the biggest failures are when we learn how to succeed. If you can find strength in those, you can change the world.

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At #ObamaLeaders Africa, music fuels inspiration and connections. Today the acclaimed Soweto Gospel Choir joined us to celebrate the convening of 200 inspiring leaders from across the continent.

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An Independence Day favorite from our archives. Happy Fourth of July!

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June 2019

A Center for the community—designed with the community.

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June 2019

Computer science is more than a class—it’s a way to help young girls achieve their dreams. See how @Compile her, a student-run organization at @UChicago , is eliminating barriers to computer science education:

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June 2019

In honor of #WorldRefgueeDay , we’re shining a spotlight on the work of one of our 2018 #ObamaLeaders : Innocent Magambi. When Innocent was just a teenager, war broke out in Congo. As a result, he spent much of his adolescence in refugee camps across Eastern and Southern Africa. A decade later, a scholarship changed his life. For the first time, he was able to live outside the confines of a refugee camp—but he couldn’t stop thinking of the people still there. Taking what he learned at school, he went on to form There is Hope, a non-profit that provides opportunities for refugees to escape poverty and become self-reliant.

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June 2019

Not all museums are about the past. The Obama Presidential Center: Coming to historic Jackson Park on Chicago's South Side

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June 2019

On Father's Day, see how one of our #ObamaFellows , Charles Daniels, and his team at Fathers’ UpLift is helping dads in the Boston area overcome systemic challenges to engage in their children’s lives and be the best parents they can be.

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June 2019

This place will be more than a look into a president's past. It will be a glimpse into a community's future.

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June 2019

For these young people in Hartford and Chicago, it’s about making a tangible change in their communities. See how they kicked off their six-month journey in the #CommunityLeadership Corps:

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June 2019

Every kid deserves a bike—that’s the message at the heart of Blackstone Bicycle Works. As a part of @expstation , Blackstone Bicycle Works is more than just a shop; it’s a place where kids can learn to ride, repair, and build bikes. With many participants coming back for at least three to seven years, Blackstone Bicycle Works took a simple childhood joy—riding bikes around the neighborhood—and turned it into a project to give back to the community.

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June 2019

Hope has a new home base.

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June 2019

It takes courage to dream big and make a difference. And these Chicago kids have plenty of it. Take a look at the first-ever Civic Action Recognition Awards we hosted with @ChiPubSchools to recognize civic all-stars inside and outside of the classroom.

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June 2019

“Whenever the world makes you cynical, stop and think of these men. Whenever you lose hope, stop and think of these men.” #DDay

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June 2019

Eid marks a time where friends and family gather to reflect on the bonds of community. To all those celebrating, Eid Mubarak!

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June 2019

For these leaders in Chicago, this weekend was just the beginning. Over 100 young people from around the city began their six-month journey in the Community Leadership Corps—where they’ll learn how to tackle the challenges they care about most.

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May 2019

ALS has no known cure. That’s not stopping I AM ALS from starting a movement to find one. As 2008 Obama presidential campaign staffers, Brian and Sandra met and fell in love. Then in 2017, Brian was diagnosed with ALS. Now, this couple is using the lessons they learned on the campaign trail to take charge in the fight against the disease.

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