Barack and Michelle Obama are continuing their mission to empower youth. In early February 2017 they sent out an email to former White House interns announcing the launch of their 16-week internship program in D.C.
The email stated that the office is looking for interns who “take initiative” and “have the utmost commitment to public service.” The internship will run from Feb. 27 – June 16 (2017).
Although they are no longer accepting applications for this program, there will be other roles to sign up for in the future. Earlier this year, the Obamas unveiled The Obama Foundation which will bring in more opportunities for community activism.
According to the official site, The Obama Center, based in the south side of Chicago, will “house the archives of Administration materials, both traditional documentation and multimedia content of the first truly digital president.”
During her final public speech as First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama had some powerful words for youth:
“I want our young people to know that they matter. That they belong. So don’t be afraid. Do you hear me? Young people, don’t be afraid. Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered. Empower yourselves with a good education.
Then get out there and use that education to build a country worthy of your boundless promise. Lead by example with hope, never fear, and know that I will be with you, rooting for you and working to support you for the rest of my life.”