The Foundation at Work: Celebrating Dr. King and Exemplary Leadership in Our Communities

As we kick off the New Year, Chelsea Clinton and Clinton Foundation staff honored the incredible legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. by volunteering in our first Day of Action of 2017. Together, we repacked more than 25,000 pounds of grapefruit at City Harvest, a nonprofit that aims to end hunger in New York City. See a great group shot of the team here.

We believe that we all do better when we work together and help each other. This week’s updates illustrate how people from all experiences, backgrounds and walks of life are making their communities a better place. As always, here are the latest updates of some of the Foundation’s programs at work:

In a joint announcement with the George W. Bush Presidential Center, the Clinton Foundation released next year’s schedule for the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program — a leadership development program that draws upon the resources of the presidential centers of William J. Clinton, George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson. In the past two years, the Presidential Leadership Scholars program has mobilized 121 emerging leaders from a wide array of backgrounds to address some of the most complex societal challenges in America. You can read the release here. We also shared some of the stories of scholars who have been making a difference over the past several years. You can share the news here.

Earlier this week, Forbes’ annual 30 Under 30 list recognized some of the most ambitious and innovative young leaders who are making a positive difference in fields ranging from healthcare to renewable energy. This list included six CGI U alumni. You can read more here about the CGI U alumni who were featured as part of this year’s class and share it here.

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation kicked off its New Day’s Resolution Campaign which will run through the month of January and focuses on daily resolutions — in place of yearly ones — with the idea that we’re more likely to achieve small goals for health every day rather than one big goal for health once a year. Several athletes, including Paralympic swimmer Becca Meyers (who spoke at the CGI 2016 Annual Meeting) and Jason Collins, have tweeted about the campaign. Upcoming posts are scheduled by Jillian Michaels, Joy Bauer, Colin O’Brady, and more! I tweeted about the campaign, sharing my resolution to take more walking meetings!

Also this week, CHMI is pleased to announce a new partnership with the San Diego Foundation, which will support CHMI’s National Health Transformation work. Using CHMI’s model for collective community impact, this program will focus on utilizing the expertise and resources in CHMI’s National Health Transformation program to establish and engage a coalition of San Diego County agencies providing care to children, including child welfare services, juvenile justice, housing services, and more. This work will contribute to the physical, mental and emotional well-being of children by creating a defined system of infrastructure, processes, resources, and community collaboration that can be sustained beyond CHMI’s engagement period.

To honor MLK Day, CPC staff and volunteers, along with City Year Little Rock, will participate in a Day of Action at the Centers for Youth and Families. The Centers provides age-appropriate comprehensive continuum of care for children ages three to 20. Since 1884, the organization has grown from serving only a few to serving thousands of children and families each year. Day of Action volunteers will work to create a more comfortable environment for youth living at the facility.

Finally, we want to recognize the anniversary of one of the worst natural disasters of the last century. Seven years ago, Haiti was devastated by an earthquake that killed over 200,000 people, destroyed the nation’s infrastructure, and crippled its economy. Even as the Haitian people face continued challenges — as we saw with Hurricane Matthew this past year — we remain inspired by their determination to chart a brighter future for their nation. These photos from 2016 provide a critical insight into the work being done in the country. They show the resilience of the Haitian people, the power of partnerships to help unlock economic opportunity, and the importance of continuing the progress that has been made in Haiti over the past seven years. We are grateful to our partners and members of the Clinton Global Initiative Haiti Action Network who are committed to sustaining this work.