Where Will You Serve?
"This isn't something that will be fixed by just a bill in Congress or an executive order from the president. And I know that the last thing you all need right now is a bunch of commands from Washington or a ton of red tape that makes it hard for you to get anything done at all."
In the last year, in addition to her work on obesity, she started a mentoring program for young women, where 16 girls from Washington schools were paired with women working in the Obama administration.Later in the day, from the East Room of the White House, President Obama announced that the program would be expanded to include 20 boys that would similarly be paired with members of his staff.
"Now, I understand times are tough, and I know people are busy. And so sometimes people think, well, I'd like to do it but I'm not sure I can make the commitment. Here's the thing people need to understand: It doesn't take much to make a big difference. A couple of hours a week shooting hoops, helping with homework, talking about what's going on in their lives can make a big, lasting impact in the life of a young person."
The federal government is launching the serve.gov/mentor site to assist people in finding local mentoring opportunities.
On the anniversary of his inauguration, the criticism is being made that he has taken on too much-his agenda too broad, his reforms too ambitious.
Maybe a better question to ask is where will you serve?