The former President, Barack Obama, has stayed busy after his time in office taking a much-needed vacation, speaking at several events, and now pledging $2 million to a Chicago summer jobs program. The former President has made these donations after he has come under criticism leaders from his own party for accepting large payments for speeches.
During an event at the South Shore Cultural Center, Obama stated the following:
“One of the greatest 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. …So that right away young people can get to work, and we can start providing opportunities to all of them.”
Obama used the event to reveal his new Obama Presidential Center, a 200,000-square-foot campus that Obama says will “train the next generation of leadership, the Michelle Robinsons of today and the Barack Obamas of today.”
The school will enjoy a beautiful location beside a lagoon that sits beside Lake Michigan. The Center will reside in the Jackson Park neighborhood and will contain three buildings; a museum, a forum, and a library. The hope is that the new jobs and visitors will help boost the economy of the dying neighborhood. The Foundation made the following statement about the Center and the community:
“More than a building or museum, the Obama Presidential Center will be a living, working center 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 is expecting the project to cost around $500 million and be completed by 2021. Once completed, its assumed Obama will use the Center to work through issues in America. The Hill reports these to be “criminal justice reform and education for underprivileged children.”
Obama may be out of office, but he’s still working pretty hard at a better tomorrow.
Credit: The Hill