Partnering with President Obama on Apprenticeships
Last week President and Michelle Obama announced a $1 million contribution to the Funder Alliance. The Obamas believe that providing opportunities to gain entry into the workforce is one of the most significant ways in which we can invest in our youth and contribute to Chicago. Their contribution was part of the broader announcement of their vision for the Obama Presidential Center, and the ways in which it will invigorate our South Side. We will use this support to bring together a comprehensive effort to open up apprenticeship pathways into the building trades for adults, especially young adults, whose communities have historically been excluded from careers in this sector. We applaud the Obama family for dedicating their own resources to this difficult but important work; and we are committed to ensuring their gift catalyzes not just great apprenticeship opportunities for young people, but the kind of systems and structural changes that the Obamas have inspired all of us to work towards.