Friday, May 5, 2017
Barack Obama announces $2 million personal donation to Chicago summer jobs programs
Barack and Michelle Obama have announced they are going to donate $2 million to the summer jobs programmes in Chicago.
The former President disclosed the hefty personal donation during a speech at South Shore Cultural Centre, saying the former first couple are keen to provide a wealth of opportunities to children in his hometown.
“One of the things that we’ll be starting this year is Michelle and I are personally going to donate $2 million to our summer jobs programs here in the community,” he said.
“[It's] so that right away young people can get to work and we can start providing opportunities to all of them.”
Mr Obama also unveiled plans for a 200,000-square-foot campus on Chicago’s South Side –where he launched his political career.
It will also be home to the Obama Presidential Centre which will be used to “train the next generation of leadership, the Michelle Robinsons of today and the Barack Obamas of today”.
The centre will include a library, museum and a forum which will all be located next to a lagoon. Spokespeople for the foundation have said the project is likely to cost $500 million and should be finished in four years time.
”What we want this to be is the world's premier institution for training young people and leadership to make a difference in their communities, in their countries and in the world. That is our goal,“ he said at the design unveiling in Chicago.
“More than a building or museum, the Obama Presidential Center will be a living, working centre for engagement - an ongoing project for the community and world to shape what it means to be an active citizen in the 21st century,” the foundation added