Obama talks youth leadership post presidency

  • Former President Barack will speak Monday in Chicago to young community leaders and organizers at the University of Chicago, where his presidential library is planned.

    Former President Barack will speak Monday in Chicago to young community leaders and organizers at the University of Chicago, where his presidential library is planned. Associated Press/Aug. 26, 2014

 
 
Updated 4/24/2017 12:24 PM

Former President Barack Obama is using his first public appearance since leaving office to talk with students about his experiences as a community organizer in Chicago and how that laid the foundation for his political career.

Obama led a student panel Monday at the University of Chicago, where his presidential library is planned.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

He says young people are the key to solving the nation's most daunting problems and his plan after holding the nation's highest office is to work with them. He delivered brief remarks at the event before asking students on the panel about what influenced them.

Roughly 500 people, mostly college students, attended the invitation-only event that was also televised.

On Sunday, Obama met privately with young men on the city's South Side to talk about gang violence and employment.

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