The Oregon Leadership Development Institute (OLDI) is a non-profit organization focused on the development of leadership capacity in post-college “students.” Its Fellows Program is designed to engage young people in a focused, nine-month exploration of each Fellow’s unique purpose and vocational pathway, as informed by the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
Structured as a “gap year” between graduation from college and entry into a vocation or pursuit of graduate studies, the Fellows Program is designed to empower young people to live out their faith while becoming leaders in the secular marketplace. The program will emphasize that all work is sacred, while recognizing that leadership in the secular marketplace too often is disconnected from spiritual values. It is designed to teach Fellows to integrate their faith and secular leadership responsibilities in a manner that is true to their faith and winsome to their coworkers and their organization’s stakeholders.
OLDI believes that active, daily interaction between its Fellows and those who supervise their work and with whom they live is essential. The Fellows Program will employ an apprenticeship style of learning that requires a serious commitment on the part of each Fellow and the mentors and the community of caring adults who are dedicated to engaging them in an ongoing dialog. Fellows will be exposed to leadership modeled for them on a daily basis by their mentor and community of caring adults.