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Joining Forces Community Challenge and Educational Excellence for Hispanics

From the President’s press conference on the American Jobs Act to a discussion on Latino education with singer-songwriter Shakira, the White House was full of activity.

From the President’s press conference on the American Jobs Act to a discussion on Latino education with singer-songwriter Shakira, the White House was full of activity this week.

Thursday, the White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for Hispanics hosted its second commission meeting at the White House. Shakira joined the meeting as a newly appointed commissioner. She has worked on a number of efforts to expand and improve comprehensive early childhood care and education around the world. Also, President Obama held a press conference to talk about the American Jobs Act and the upcoming Senate vote on his plan to put people back to work and put more money in the pockets of working Americans. The President took questions from reporters. Check out these events as well as the President’s congratulations to Texas A&M University’s women’s basketball team, information about the American Jobs Act, and ways to get involved.

President Obama welcomes the Texas A&M University Women’s Basketball Team

President Barack Obama welcomes the Texas A&M University women’s basketball team to the White House to celebrate their 2011 NCAA championship, in the Rose Garden, Oct. 6, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)

 Youth Violence Prevention: Investing in Detroit

The Community Leaders Briefing Series: California Leaders

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Putting Our Teachers Back to Work: Stephanie Harris Walter

Is there a Hero in Your Neighborhood? Joining Forces Community Challenge

President Obama Headlines HRC Dinner

Champions of Change: Leaders in the Fight Against Breast Cancer

Partnering with Honduras to Create Economic Opportunity

White House Is Pink

The North Portico exterior of the White House is illuminated pink, Oct. 3, 2011, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

How to Get Involved

For more information about the American Jobs Act conference calls and other ways to get involved email You can also follow Jon Carson, Director of the Office of Public Engagement, on twitter: JonCarson44.

 Do you know someone who is an everyday hero, demonstrating commitment to improving their own communities, their country, or their fellow citizens? Nominate them to be a Champion of Change!

 The First Lady and Dr. Biden are excited to announce that the submission deadline for the Joining Forces Community Challenge has been extended to October 31, 2011. Please sign up today for the challenge at, and tell the White House about the ways you’re helping and honoring our brave military families – or nominate someone in your community who is doing great work.

Coming Up

Next week the White House will welcome President Lee Myung-bak of the Republic of Korea for a State Visit and, in conjunction with the Martin Luther King Memorial Dedication, host a reception honoring the King family and civil rights leaders. The week will also feature a Native American Tribal Leaders Roundtable and the White House Garden Tour, an annual tradition since 1972. In addition, the Office of Public Engagement is excited to present a Champions of Change event focusing on Legal Innovators, a Community Leaders Briefing for Catholic Charities, and much more!

Get Updates

For more information, visit the White House Office of Public Engagement website and blog and sign up for additional opportunities.

We welcome your thoughts and feedback at

Anne Filipic and Stephanie Valencia are the Deputy Directors of the Office of Public Engagement.