As Africa and the rest of the free-world bid President Obama farewell, we were in tears when we received a heartfelt letter from the outgoing U.S. president; a day before his peaceful transition of power to Donald J. Trump. The letter reads;
Hello Young Leaders!
As I leave office, I wanted to take a moment to thank you. Your involvement in the Young Leaders Initiatives-- YALI, YSEALI, and YLAI-- has demonstrated the power of young people to make positive change in their communities. Whether you are an entrepreneur, work for an NGO, serve your government, or are still a student, you have proven that you are prepared to tackle the challenges we face as global citizens.
Wherever I have traveled around the world, I have seen the impact of this generation. You aren't waiting for permission; you're taking action where you see the greatest need. I've seen firsthand the remarkable efforts of the nearly half a million young people that are a part of the Young Leaders Initiatives in Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. You've fought for the rights of the disabled and the LGBT community. You're taking steps to reverse the effects of climate change. You're starting businesses that are helping your economies grow. And, you're using music and art to fight violent extremism and promote pluralism.
While I will no longer be the President of the United States, I will continue to find ways to empower young leaders across the world. I want to stay in touch with you. Click here to stay connected with me and find ways we can continue to make positive change.
I believe in you and look forward to working together in the future.
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