Michelle Obama Tells San Jose Young People Abut One Of Her Best Jobs

Mike Colgan
December 14, 2018 - 11:46 pm

SAN JOSE — Michelle Obama went to the Seven Trees Library in South San Jose on Friday to take part in a youth leadership workshop. 

It was put on by Public Allies, a nonprofit that focuses on developing diverse groups of young people for public service. The former first lady remarked about her involvement with the organization in Chicago.  

"Public Allies was one of the best jobs I ever had," said Obama, who founded the Chicago chapter in the 1990s. "All around the country, I'm running into Ally alums who are doing some amazing things. So, the future is bright."

Alysyn Martinez, who recently graduated from San Jose State, was one of 30 lucky participants who got to meet Obama. The former first lady was scheduled for an event at the SAP Center later.

"This is beyond a dream come true," said Martinez. "For this to actually be a reality right now is intangible, because this has never been something I could have experienced."

Public Allies CEO Jamie Uzeta said that you couldn't ask for a better role model. 

"She's a bridge builder. She's transparent about she leads," said Uzeta. "She identifies, even through the title of her book "Becoming," that we're all works in progress."

Obama told the group of young people that they shouldn't be afraid to fail, because failure is part of the process.