Former US president Barack Obama has scheduled his first public event since leaving office.

He will travel to Chicago on Monday for a gathering with young people. 

The event is described as a "conversation on civic engagement" with "young leaders".

His office said the event was part of the former president's "post-presidency goal", as he had pledged to "encourage and support the next generation of leaders driven by strengthening communities around the country and the world".  

Young people from schools in the Chicago area have been invited to attend the gathering, which will be held at the University of Chicago.

Mr Obama has pledged to stay silent on political issues and the current administration unless he feels compelled to get involved because of the severity of the situation.

Earlier this week, Mr Obama attended the funeral of former US ambassador to Ireland Dan Rooney, which was held in Pittsburgh.