Posts Tagged ‘Michelle

29
Jul
15

First Lady Michelle Obama Discusses Education

23
Jul
15

First Lady Michelle Obama Champions Students

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First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a discussion on higher education in the East Room of the White House. The First Lady hosted the 2015 Beating the Odds Summit to recognize youths who have overcome substantial obstacles to persist through high school and make it to college, as part of the “Reach Higher” initiative

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President Barack Obama makes a surprise visit to the Beating the Odds Summit, part of the First Lady’s Reach Higher Initiative, in the East Room of the White House (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Jayson Rodriguez: Michelle Obama Talks Ambition, Educations & #TodaysKidsWillNeverLearn

Michelle Obama is nothing if not gracious. Since moving to the White House in 2009 following her husband Barack Obama’s presidential election win in 2008, the Chicago native has used her mantle as the First Lady to fight for military families, children’s health and young people’s pursuit of education. Her charm, intellect and warm personality have created a collaborative environment where politics are left at the door and people connect to get things done.

First lady Michelle Obama puts her hand on the shoulder of Brown University student Manuel Contraries, the son of two Mexican immigrants, after he spoke about his freshman year at school, during an East Room event to welcome more than 130 college-bound students from across the county to participate in the 2015 Beating the Odds Summit at the White House in Washington, Thursday, July 23, 2015. The summit is part of the first lady's Reach Higher initiative. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

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Do you find yourself being more ambitious about your designs to help young people now more than any other point in your life, and why?

I’ve always said that the role of First Lady comes with this big bright light that follows you wherever you go, and you have the privilege—and the responsibility—to shine that light on important issues and tell the stories that too often go untold. So I do find myself being especially ambitious right now, especially because so many of the issues I work on are deeply personal to me.

A perfect example is my Reach Higher initiative, an effort to inspire young people to continue their education past high school. My parents didn’t have college degrees, and while they loved and supported me, they really couldn’t help me with things like standardized tests and financial aid forms. So I often had to figure stuff out on my own, and I didn’t always get it right (I actually applied to one college simply because I liked the pictures in the brochure). And today, I have a chance to reach back and help young people struggling with these exact same challenges, and I intend to use my time as First Lady and beyond to do everything I can to empower them so they can fulfill their dreams.

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10
Jul
15

The Kids State Dinner

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First lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks as she hosts the 2015 winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge for the Kids' State Dinner in the East Room at the White House, Friday, July 10, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks as she hosts the 2015 winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge for the Kids’ State Dinner

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President Barack Obama drops by and shakes hands with attendees during the annual Kids State Dinner at the East Room of the White House. The First Lady hosted the 2015 winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, a nationwide recipe challenge for kids that promotes cooking and healthy eating, at the annual “dinner”

First lady Michelle Obama talks with guests during the Kids State Dinner for the 2015 winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, on Friday, July 10, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Barack Obama greets a young guest after making an unannounced appearance as first lady Michelle Obama hosts the 2015 winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge for the Kids' State Dinner in the East Room at the White House, Friday, July 10, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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President Barack Obama mingles with guests during the Kids State Dinner for the 2015 winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, on Friday, July 10, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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President Barack Obama greets Sophia and Isabella Strahan, the daughters of retired football player Michael Strahan, as he makes an unannounced appearance as first lady Michelle Obama hosts the 2015 winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge for the Kids' State Dinner in the East Room at the White House, Friday, July 10, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Barack Obama greets Sophia and Isabella Strahan, the daughters of retired football player Michael Strahan

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (L) speaks with Felix Gonzalez (back to camera), age 11 of Puerto Rico, as she welcomes children to a Kids' State Dinner at the White House in Washington, July 10, 2015. The children are winners of

President Barack Obama makes an unannounced appearance as first lady Michelle Obama hosts the 2015 winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge for the Kids' State Dinner in the East Room at the White House, Friday, July 10, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Barack Obama, accompanied by first lady Michelle Obama, delivers remarks as he makes an unannounced appearance at the Kids' State Dinner in the East Room at the White House, Friday, July 10, 2015, in Washington. The children present were part of the 2015 winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Barack Obama greets guests after  making an unannounced appearance as first lady Michelle Obama hosts the 2015 winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge for the Kids' State Dinner in the East Room at the White House, Friday, July 10, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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President Barack Obama gives a young guest a hug as he makes an unannounced appearance as first lady Michelle Obama hosts the 2015 winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge for the Kids' State Dinner in the East Room at the White House, Friday, July 10, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

09
Jul
15

A Historic Day At The White House

First lady Michelle Obama speaks to Native American youth at the first White House Tribal Youth Gathering, Thursday, July 9, 2015 in Washington. Obama told hundreds of Native American youths that they are all precious and sacred and that "each of you was put on this earth for a reason." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to Native American youth at the first White House Tribal Youth Gathering. She told hundreds of Native American youths that they are all precious and sacred and that “each of you was put on this earth for a reason”

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Brooke Overture, of the Navajo Nation and from Window Rock, Ariz., listens to first lady Michelle Obama speak at the first White House Tribal Youth Gathering, Thursday, July 9, 2015 in Washington.  Michelle Obama on Thursday told hundreds of Native American youth that they are all precious and sacred and that “each of you was put on this earth for a reason.” (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Brooke Overturf, of the Navajo Nation from Window Rock, Arizona, listens to First Lady Michelle Obama speak

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Michele Richinick: Michelle Obama to Native American Youth: The Country Needs You

More than 1,000 Native American children gathered Thursday for the first-ever Tribal Youth Gathering at the White House, where first lady Michelle Obama called them precious and sacred members of society. “Each of you was put on this Earth for a reason. Each of you has something that you’re destined to do, whether that’s raising a beautiful family, whether that’s succeeding in a profession or leading your community into a better future,” she said. “You all have a role to play and we need you.” The first lady touched upon the historical struggles of Native Americans: being forced from lands they had lived on for generations, requiring young people to attend boarding schools designed to strip them of their cultural traditions and outlawing their religions and traditional ceremonies. She urged the individuals to learn about their elected officials, and run for local, state or federal office if they aren’t satisfied with their current efforts. “Make no mistake about it, your customs, your values, your discoveries are at the heart of the American story,” she told the crowd. “And yet, as we all know, America hasn’t always treated your people and your heritage with dignity and respect.”

Deandra Antonio, 17, of Whiteriver, Ariz., center, who is on the White Mountain Apache Nation and who serve on the White Mountain Apache youth council, is greeted by first lady Michelle Obama, left, after the first lady spoke at the first White House Tribal Youth Gathering, Thursday, July 9, 2015 in Washington.  Michelle Obama on Thursday told hundreds of Native American youth that they are all precious and sacred and that “each of you was put on this earth for a reason.”  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The meeting was part of President Barack Obama’s vow to remove barriers that make it hard for Native American children to succeed. The children came from 230 tribes in 42 states to attend the inaugural summit and meet with the first lady, cabinet officials and members of the White House Council on Native American Affairs. They planned to discuss issues ranging from cultural protection and revitalization, to tribal justice and economic opportunity. Along with the meeting on Thursday, the White House announced several commitments aimed at ensuring Native children can thrive. DOI will issue $995,000 to be distributed to 20 tribal colleges and universities, and will award seven tribal applicants a total of $1.45 million in new funding to build their tribal education departments. And in September, there will be a second Native Languages Summit to identify ways to preserve and revitalize Native languages.

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Wearing traditional regalia Little Bear Johnson, 20, a member of the Kickapoo Nation, who is from Shawnee, Okla., dances to a pop song during a break in programming before the arrival of first lady Michelle Obama to speak to Native American youth at the first White House Tribal Youth Gathering, Thursday, July 9, 2015 in Washington. Obama told hundreds of Native American youths that they are all precious and sacred and that "each of you was put on this earth for a reason." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Wearing traditional regalia Little Bear Johnson, a member of the Kickapoo Nation, who is from Shawnee, Oklahoma, dances to a pop song

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First lady Michelle Obama speaks to Native American youth at the first White House Tribal Youth Gathering, Thursday, July 9, 2015 in Washington.  Mrs. Obama told hundreds of Native American youth that they are all precious and sacred and that “each of you was put on this earth for a reason.”  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Gusccavedo Harrison, right, of the Navajo Nation who is from Chinle, Ariz., cheers as first lady Michelle Obama mentions the Navajo as being among the Nations present as she speaks to Native American youth at the first White House Tribal Youth Gathering, Thursday, July 9, 2015 in Washington. Obama told hundreds of Native American youths that they are all precious and sacred and that "each of you was put on this earth for a reason."(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Gusccavedo Harrison of the Navajo Nation who is from Chinle, Arizona, cheers as First Lady Michelle Obama mentions the Navajo as being among the Nations present as she speaks to Native American youth at the first White House Tribal Youth Gathering

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Brooke Overturf, of the Navajo Nation from Window Rock, Ariz., listens to first lady Michelle Obama speak at the first White House Tribal Youth Gathering, Thursday, July 9, 2015 in Washington. Obama told hundreds of Native American youths that they are all precious and sacred and that "each of you was put on this earth for a reason."(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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Shasta Dazen, 21, center, of Whiteriver, Ariz., who is the 53rd Miss Indian Arizona, and Deandra Antonio, 17, right, both of the White Mountain Apache Nation and who serve on the White Mountain Apache youth council, vie for a glimpse of first lady Michelle Obama, after she spoke at the first White House Tribal Youth Gathering, Thursday, July 9, 2015 in Washington.  First lady Michelle Obama on Thursday told hundreds of Native American youth that they are all precious and sacred and that “each of you was put on this earth for a reason.” (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Shasta Dazen of Whiteriver, Arizona, who is the 53rd Miss Indian Arizona, and Deandra Antonio, right, both of the White Mountain Apache Nation and who serve on the White Mountain Apache youth council, take pictures of First Lady Michelle Obama




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