Michelle Obama talks with youth organizers in Minneapolis

Michelle Obama, wife of presidential candidate Barack Obama, visited Hope Community, a Minneapolis organization that started in 1977 as a shelter for the homeless. In response to a community ravished by a crack-cocaine epidemic in the early 1990s, Hope Community expanded their housing focus to include civic engagement.

Danielle Peterson, Minnesota organizer for Public Achievement, works with youth organizers at Hope. She said that an important part of what they do is teach young adults to think differently about the role they play in public policy and community organizing.

Read "Obama talks shop with community organizers" in the November 14 Spokesman-Recorder.

Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs