Obama Foundation Selects Fellowship Winners From Shortlist.

What makes me so hopeful, so optimistic, is that so many of you have shown up, dived in, and embraced the kind of active citizenship that makes our democracy work.

President Obama

When Michelle and Barack Obama opened applications for their inaugural Obama Foundation Fellowship, over 20,000 people from 191 countries applied. From that incredible pool, they selected 20 inaugural Fellows who represent 11 countries around the world.

Each member of the elite team is a civic leader who brings a variety of disciplines and skill sets to their work – including community organizing, healthcare, technology, and the arts – and they apply their talents to a range of missions, from empowering parents and teachers to improve our schools, to ensuring deaf children have equal access to literacy tools, to bringing trauma-informed care to the criminal justice system and refugee camps, to working with partners across the healthcare system to treat addiction collaboratively.

TFP bucketed the Obama Foundation’s fellowship winners and their extraordinary contributions into 5 common categories: Social Responsibility, Health & Care, Good Governance, Social Security and Education.

For more detailed information about the program or to see how YOU can join this team as a volunteer or submit for the next fellowship to contribute your own special talents visit the Obama Foundation .

Social Responsibility

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Mrs. Obama with former President Nelson Mandela of South Africa at Mandela’s home in Houghton, South Africa, June 21, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)

KOKETSO MOETI

Johannesburg, South Africa

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Amandla.mobi

Building a digital platform to enable Black South African women to organize around the issues that most affect their lives.

ALEX SMITH

London, UK / Manchester, UK

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The Cares Family

Fighting loneliness and polarization in the UK by connecting seniors and young professionals to build new and lasting relationships.

ERIN BARNES

Brooklyn, New York

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Website: ioby

Equipping new local leaders across the country to improve their neighborhoods through resident-led, crowdfunded community change.

KEITH WATTLEY

Oakland, CA

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Uncommon Law

Transforming the lives of young people convicted of serious crimes, equipping them to become valuable members of the community

VERONICA CRESPIN-PALMER

Aurora, CO

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RISE Colorado

Empowering families most affected by educational inequity in Colorado to organize for change.

CELINA DE SOLA

San Salvador, El Salvador

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Glasswing International

Forging partnerships across institutions and people to empower youth, mobilize action, and build community resilience to reduce poverty and violence.

SASHA FISHER

New York, NY / Rwanda

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Spark MicroGrants

Using community organizing and village grants to foster democratic capacity, inclusion, and growth in rural Africa.

HARRY GRAMMER

Los Angeles, CA

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New Earth

Empowering justice-involved youth through arts, education, and vocational programs.

ASHLEY HANSON

Granite Falls, MN / Boulder, CO

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PlaceBase Productions and The Department of Public Transformation

Using the arts to help rural communities connect across difference, revitalize their rural spaces, and create new narratives across the United States

Health & Care

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President Barack Obama and Mrs. Obama at Holt Elementary School in Holt, Ala., April 29, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

ZARLASHT HALAIMZAI

London, UK / Greece

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Refugee Trauma Initiative

Providing psychological first aid to refugees, making mental health care integral to all relief efforts.

NAVDEEP KANG

Cincinnati, OH

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Mercy Health

Building a collaborative, community-based approach to the opioid crisis, changing how addiction is treated in Ohio

Good Governance

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(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

TIANA EPPS-JOHNSON

Chicago, IL

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Center for Technology and Civic Life

Improving voter turnout by training elections officials to better communicate with voters and providing civic information through digital platforms.

MOUSSA KONDO

Bamako, Mali

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Accountability Lab Mali

Fighting corruption in Mali by celebrating honest civil servants.

PREETHI HERMAN

Delhi, India

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Change.org Foundation

Equipping a new movement of female leaders to engage their communities in addressing India’s toughest problems.

SANDOR LEDERER

Budapest, Hungary

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K-Monitor Association

Building digital tools to help citizens push for transparency and good governance in Hungary

Social Security

August 14, 2012 President Barack Obama in Oskaloosa (Photograph by Scout Tufankjian for Obama for America)

DOMINIQUE JORDAN TURNER

Chicago, IL

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Chicago Scholars

Equipping under-resourced youth to get to and through college, find meaningful careers, and become the next generation of Chicago leaders.

KALANI LEIFER

San Francisco, CA / New York, NY

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COOP

Building a movement of diverse, upwardly mobile college grads overcoming underemployment through digital skills and peer connections.

Education

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NEDGINE PAUL DEROLY

Gonaïves, Haiti

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Anseye Pou Ayiti

Working with Haitian communities to create a network of civic leaders and build an equitable education system based on shared history, values, and vision.

CLARISSA DELGADO

Makati, Philippines

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Teach for the Philippines

Redesigning teacher training to address the reality of students’ poverty and helping public school teachers become community leaders.

MELISSA MALZKUHN

Washington, DC

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Motion Light Lab, Gallaudet University and Ink and Salt LLC

Designing digital tools to give deaf children equal access to language, literacy, and expression

 

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