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Faces Of Interns Light Up As Former President Surprises Them By Dropping In On Their Obama Youth Jobs Corps Meeting

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Imagine being at work one day and President Barack Obama walks in.

This incredible moment actually happened to a group of recent high school graduates.

The astonished teens are all a part of Obama Youth Jobs Corps who intern with the Urban Alliance.

Their shocked expressions were caught on camera as Barack strolled in and started shaking their hands in the Chicago office. 

Faces Of Interns Light Up As Former President Surprises Them By Dropping In On Their Obama Youth Jobs Corps Meeting
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“It’s good to see you guys, how is everybody doing?’ Obama says joyfully as he greets the group as a collective. “This is the summer before you go out into the world and do all sorts of amazing things. That is exciting.”

One student explained that she is interning at the site responsible for building the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago.

The father-of-two was sure to thank the excited teen for all her help.   

Faces Of Interns Light Up As Former President Surprises Them By Dropping In On Their Obama Youth Jobs Corps Meeting
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“As you guys know, part of the goal of this program is to expose you to what’s possible,” the 44th President explained. “It’s also to make sure you recognize that even as you succeed, the communities from which you come are going to need you to be active and engaged and focused.”

Another graduate shared how the foundations have helped her and other minority students realize their potential. 

One young woman told Obama that the way they look sometimes meant “they are always two steps behind in life.”

“But with this opportunity We all feel like we have an even playing field and I really wanted to like thank you,” the intern told Obama.

In a video shared to the Obama Foundation, an emotional teen said she was fighting back tears upon seeing Obama in the flesh.

The Urban Alliance created the Obama Youth Jobs Corps – in partnership with the Obama Foundation. It’s aim is to increase access to economic opportunity for high school students in underserved communities in Chicago, according to their website.

“Through workforce readiness training and early, meaningful work experience at businesses throughout the city, OYJC will give students the skills, experience, and exposure needed to succeed,” the website reads. 

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Written by Christine Haveford

Christine loves all things cinema, and she's been that way ever since she was a little girl. In fact, she is so passionate about cinema that she decided to pursue cinematography as a full-time career, and is now pursuing film studies at the New York Film School. Originally from Florida, she is still exploring the new city, people, places, and the culture, loves the new weather, going ice skating during winters, and spending time with her fellow classmates and friends from college.

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