Obama Foundation Strategies for Changemakers

I’ll add this info to my book-in-progress about how to be a changemaker. I’d like to add your experiences and observations.

The Obama Foundation reports:

On Saturday, October 14, 150 young adults gathered at the Gary Comer Youth Center on the South Side of Chicago to learn how to make concrete, positive change in their communities.

 

They came from all across the Chicago area. They ranged from age 18 to 24. They showed up fired up and ready to go. They left with a deeper understanding of themselves, their communities, and how to make change at a local level.

 

 

 

So how do you learn how to tackle the work of real community change over the course of one day?

 

First, you learn how to tell your own story.

 

 

 

Next, you come to better understand the issues at play in your community, and how you’re connected to them in a real, personal way.

 

 

 

Then you learn how to create an action plan to tackle an issue that matters to you.

 

 

 

Finally, you meet community organizations who are already making change on a local level.

 

 

 

Our participants were joined by 25 peer advisors — young folks who have taken on active leadership roles in their communities — and three knowledge partners who helped design the curriculum for the day:

 

Mikva Challenge — A civic education group that puts together local programming to help high schoolers become more civically engaged.

 

Facing History and Ourselves — An organization that helps us come to understand the bigger systems and history at play when tackling a given issue, so that we can be as strategic and effective as possible when taking action to change it.

 

Narrative 4 — A personal storytelling organization that helps people tell their stories, both to deal with trauma and take strategic action moving forward.

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