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The White House Martin Luther King, Jr. Champions of Change program—
The White House Champions of Change program highlights the stories and examples of citizens across the country that represents President Obama’s vision of out-innovating, out-educating, and out-building the rest of the world through projects and initiatives that moves their communities forward. In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Day of Service in his honor on January 16, 2012, the White House is seeking recommendations of individuals and organizations who are committed to giving back to their community and who are working to help provide economic opportunities to those in need.
Tell us about a leader or an organization in your community who are committed to giving back to their community and who are working to help provide economic opportunities to those in need and how it’s improving the lives of people in or around your community. Submit your leader or organization in this web form for a chance to come to the White House to be honored for their excellent work.
Here are some examples of great leaders that are winning the future to give you an idea of what we’re looking for:
- One man, owns and publishes an African-American newspaper that reaches over 250,000 readers in a large metro area (print and online). The newspaper employs 20-22 people from the local community, who are mainly African-American. The newspaper keeps alive the voice of the African-American community at a time when community newspapers are struggling. It serves as a convener; advocating and encouraging greater African-American participation in the areas of: healthcare, business (particularly entrepreneurship), and education.
- Another man is at the forefront of progressive education in his State. He is the Founder and Executive Director of a non-profit family education which is focused on education and community revitalization in communities of African descent. His mission through his non-profit is to strengthen important connections within African American communities that help prepare children for success in school and life. His organization is staffed by 35 employees, tutors, and volunteers of African descent, each of who is dedicated to the educational achievement of Black youth. The organization also works with over 100 parents each year to help them build strong literacy foundations in the home.
Leader Name: *
Leader Organization: *
Leader Email Address:
Leader City: *
Leader State: *
Leader/Organization Details: (Please describe the leader or organization in detail.)
Leader/Organization Results: (How has their work helped others in their community? How have they provided access to economic opportunities or improved the economic conditions of those in their community?)
Please submit all recommendations by December 12th, 2011 to Africanamericans@who.eop.gov
Heather J. Foster
The White House| Office of Public Engagement, Associate Director