On Monday, the Obama Foundation announced its inaugural Fellows class. The Chicago-based non-profit, established in 2014 to equip and empower civic innovators, young leaders and everyday citizens with the skills they need to create change in their communities, announced the fellowship program last year, and from more than 20,000 people who applied from 191 countries, just 20 were selected, including Carmen’s friend and colleague Celina de Sola.
The two-year program, which brings together inspirational individuals who are effecting transformational change on many of the world’s most pressing problems, offers hands-on training, leadership development and a powerful network to amplify the impact of their work, and aims to endeavour to inspire others to a follow a similar path.
The 2018 Fellows come from a variety of disciplines, including healthcare, community organizations, technology and the arts. Celina de Sola is the founder of Glasswing International, a charity that works with children across Latin America who are facing poverty and extreme violence. With Carmen’s support – she has recently joined the organization’s board has donated $100,000 to the cause – Glasswing has recently extended its work into communities in the U.S.
“By bringing these individuals together to work with the Obama Foundation, we hope to help amplify their work so it has a widespread impact,” said David Simas, CEO of the Obama Foundation. “On behalf of President and Mrs. Obama and the Obama Foundation family, I congratulate our new Fellows and look forward to working with them.”