A group of interns was in for a surprise at the Obama Foundation when the former president popped in to offer some words of wisdom to the recently graduated high school students.
Slipping through the door with a coffee cup in hand, former President Barack Obama was greeted with screams and shocked faces in a video shared by the Urban Alliance.
“Well it’s good to see you guys,” Obama says as the students remain giddy. “How’s everybody doing?”
“This is the summer before you guys go off into the world and do all kinds of amazing things,” he adds. “That’s pretty exciting.”
Watch the video below:
SURPRISE! A special guest dropped in to the @ObamaFoundation today to share some words of wisdom with a few of our Obama Youth Jobs Corps interns. Their reactions are priceless #OYJC pic.twitter.com/NOCDPUaLUJ
— Urban Alliance (@UrbanAlliance) July 16, 2019
Obama shared his thoughts on the significance of their work with the Obama Youth Jobs Corps, emploring them to stay involved with the communities they came from as they continue to achieve their goals in life:
“As you guys know, part of the goal of this program is to expose you to what’s possible. Also to make sure that you recognize that even as you succeed, that the communities from which you come are gonna need you to be active and involved and engaged and focused.”
The Obama Youth Jobs Corps is a partnership between the Obama Foundation and the Urban Alliance, working to “increase access to economic opportunity for high school students in some of the most underserved communities in Chicago.”
The program offers workforce training and skill development for students in 10th and 11th grades and paid professional internship opportunities for students in 12th grade.
“They may have just graduated high school, but these [Urban Alliance] interns have dedicated their summers to working hard—and [Barack Obama] dropped by to share some encouragement,” the Obama Foundation tweeted.
“You guys are just such good role models for so many people your age,” the former president told the students at the end of the video.