On Tuesday, former President Barack Obama and Civic Nation formally launched Change Collective. The organization’s latest initiative is described as “a new leadership community created to connect, elevate and train local changemakers across the country.”
“The Change Collective’s vision is to reinvent civic life for the 21st century by investing in and supporting the next generation of emerging leaders who are bridging divides and driving change in their communities. Members of the Change Collective will have access to training opportunities, leadership development and a wide network of mentors both locally and nationally,” a press release from Civic Nation reads.
The Change Collective aims to engage adults across the United States and help them become more engaged with the political process. The initiative will kick off in three key cities, Chicago, Jackson and Detroit. Through an application process, 25 leaders will be chosen and invited to participate in a series leadership training sessions in the aforementioned cities.
“It’s a way to bring emerging leaders from different identities and backgrounds together, and help them build relationships and solve problems in their communities,” former President Barack Obama said.
“Because real change happens one person, one community, one connection at a time. And we all need to learn how to better work with folks who have different backgrounds and beliefs.”