On Saturday, June 29, from 8:30 am – 9:30 am, the YMCA of Greater Boston will be participating in a signature educational event with the First Family, who will be broadcasting live from Johannesburg, South Africa.  While in South Africa, the First Lady will be visiting with school children and youth between the ages of 13 to 18.  Through discussion, she hopes to inspire and empower the South African children to dedicate and stay dedicated to their education in order to achieve their full potential. 

Beyond the goal of helping the South African youth, the First Lady will also be giving the American youth a wonderful  opportunity to interact through the live broadcast with South African youth.  The Roxbury YMCA and Wang YMCA are two of the participating YMCAs, along with the Ys from Atlanta and Washington D.C.


Africa is an important emerging continent.  It is home to six of the 10 fastest growing economies in the world, as well as home to a significant, dynamic and engaged population of youth.  Youth are very much the future of the region, and accordingly, the Y is keenly interested in increasing education and supporting connections between the youth in communities across Africa with the youth here at home.  The YMCA of Greater Boston is very excited about this opportunity and feels that together, we can build a great educational and cultural experience for thousands of youth all across the nation.


In preparation for the webcast, our Roxbury YMCA teens have solicited questions from their peers to pose to the First Lady and her South African hosts.  Facebook and Twitter will be used  to post questions in advance with the hopes that some of them will be chosen for the webcast discussion.  In addition to this signature event, there are many other opportunities to become engaged with this trip.  We hope that you’ll follow the President and First Lady’s travel online to engage with Mrs. Obama throughout the trip on WhiteHouse.gov and through social media.  Here are a few ways you can engage:

  • Follow @FLOTUS on Twitter for real time updates, including photos, videos and messages directly from the First Lady.
  • On WhiteHouse.gov, you can get updates from Mrs. Obama during the trip, including photos, videos and blog posts highlighting her experience.
  • The First Lady will answer questions throughout the trip on Twitter.  You can ask her a question @FLOTUS.
  • Use the hashtag #FLOTUSinAfrica to discuss the First Lady’s visit on social media. 

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