Are you a budding leader eager to magnify your impact on your community this year? If so, an extraordinary opportunity awaits you with the opening of applications for the Obama Leaders program on January 16. This six-month leadership development journey, spanning across four regions – Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, and the United States – is designed to nurture, empower, and connect emerging leaders committed to fostering positive and lasting change.

Empowering Change Globally

The Obama Foundation’s Leaders program aspires to inspire, empower, and connect regional cohorts of changemakers to accelerate positive change within their communities and throughout their regions. Open to emerging leaders worldwide, typically aged 24-45, this program encourages the creation of societies and communities rooted in shared values, where everyone belongs, participates, and thrives.

Diverse Leadership for Social Impact

Leaders hail from diverse nations and territories, representing public, private, and nonprofit sectors, addressing a broad spectrum of social impact issues. The program offers practical skill-building for social change, leadership coaching, discussions on critical issues, and small group support. Participants self-define a values-based foundation for sustained leadership, cultivate relationships to catalyze inclusive change, and prepare to engage with issues at the systems level.

Global Perspectives and Alumni Network

Upon program completion, Leaders gain a deeper understanding of how values-based leadership propels their ability to enact change. Inspired to take further action, armed with new ideas and skills, Leaders become part of the Obama Leadership Network—a growing global alumni community of nearly 900 active changemakers.




Apply Now! The application for our 2024-2025 Leaders programs is now open! The application closes on Friday, February 9, 2024 at 12:00 PM United States Central Time (UTC-6). Apply Now  Opens in a new tab!