Former President (I know, still hurts to say) Barack Obama announced a $2 million donation to create more summer jobs for youth in Chicago.
“One of the things that we will be starting this year is Michelle and I, personally, are going to donate $2 million to our summer jobs programs here in the community, so that right away young people can get to work, and we can start providing opportunities to all of them,” Obama said.
The news was announced Wednesday, while Obama discussed plans for the new Obama Presidential Center and library being developed in the Jackson Park area on the Southside of Chicago.
Obama expects the project to take about 4 years to build, but he expects the programming to start this year.
“We don’t want to wait for a building,” he said. “One of the things that we will be starting this year is Michelle and I personally are going to donate $2 million to our summer jobs programs here in the community, so that right away, young people can get to work and we can start providing opportunities to all of them.”
Obama also touched on the perception of Chicago in the media.
“As somebody who has not been right here in Chicago over the last couple years, whenever I visit, I tell people, Chicago’s never looked more beautiful. It has, it has never sparkled more,” Obama said. “And yet, if you ask a lot of people outside of Chicago about Chicago, what’s the first thing they talk about? They talk about the violence.”
Obama’s new center is expected to create 1,4000 to 1,500 jobs during construction and 200 to 300 permanent jobs.
Listen to Obama’s speech and take a first look at the new center below.
Former Pres. Obama, Michelle Obama to personally donate $2 million to summer jobs programs in Chicago so “young people can get to work.” pic.twitter.com/0SQJU96wSm
— ABC News (@ABC) May 3, 2017
— The Obama Foundation (@ObamaFoundation) May 3, 2017
What are your thoughts on Barack and Michelle’s donation and new center? How do you think this will change/evolve the city of Chicago?
Mike “Orie” Mosley is the managing editor forand a cultural advocate from St. Louis. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Arts, Entertainment & Media Management from Columbia College Chicago and a Masters in Higher Education Administration from LSU. He is also the founder of . In his spare time, he’s probably listening to hip hop & neo soul music, hitting up brunch or caught up in deep conversations about Black music. You can follow him on Twitter or on Instagram