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Former President Barack Obama talks youth leadership in first post-presidential event

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Former President Barack Obama hosts a conversation on civic engagement and community organizing on Monday, April 24, 2017, at the University of Chicago. Credit: AP / Charles Rex Arbogast

CHICAGO - The Latest on former President Barack Obama's first public event since leaving office (all times local):

12:30 p.m.

Former President Barack Obama addressed civic engagement for young people during his first public appearance since leaving office, but he didn't mention his successor or detail his thoughts on current events.

Obama gave advice on leadership, dealing with failure and even social media as he talked with youth during a University of Chicago panel event. He spoke briefly about his experiences as a community organizer before asking the panel of young people for their views.

His first public engagement comes as President Donald Trump nears his 100-day mark in office.

Obama's presidential library is planned near the edge of the Chicago campus. He says he hopes it'll also serve as a place for young people to become more civically engaged. Obama says young people are critical to resolving the nation's most daunting problems.


11:30 a.m.

Former President Barack Obama is using his first public appearance since leaving office to talk with students about his experiences as a community organizer in Chicago and how that laid the foundation for his political career.

Obama led a student panel Monday at the University of Chicago, where his presidential library is planned.

He says young people are the key to solving the nation's most daunting problems and his plan after holding the nation's highest office is to work with them. He delivered brief remarks at the event before asking students on the panel about what influenced them.

Roughly 500 people, mostly college students, attended the invitation-only event that was also televised.

On Sunday, Obama met privately with young men on the city's South Side to talk about gang violence and employment.


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