Outgoing President of the United States, Barack Obama wrote to members of the YALI network today. In the letter, Obama urged young people to continue to fight against violent extremism, to keep on working to reverse the effects of climate change and help grow economies all over the world. He also promised to find ways to keep in touch and connect with them as he leaves the White House.
See the letter,
Hello Young Leaders!
As I leave office, I wanted to take a moment to thank you. Your involvement in the Young Leaders Initiatives– YALI, YSEALI, and YLAI– has demonstrated the power of young people to make positive change in their communities. Whether you are an entrepreneur, work for an NGO, serve your government, or are still a student, you have proven that you are prepared to tackle the challenges we face as global citizens.
Wherever I have traveled around the world, I have seen the impact of this generation. You aren’t waiting for permission; you’re taking action where you see the greatest need. I’ve seen firsthand the remarkable efforts of the nearly half a million young people that are a part of the Young Leaders Initiatives in Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. You’ve fought for the rights of the disabled and the LGBT community. You’re taking steps to reverse the effects of climate change. You’re starting businesses that are helping your economies grow. And, you’re using music and art to fight violent extremism and promote pluralism.
While I will no longer be the President of the United States, I will continue to find ways to empower young leaders across the world. I want to stay in touch with you.
I believe in you and look forward to working together in the future.
President Obama launched YALI in 2010 to support young African leaders as they spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa.