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.
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 emphasizes that all work is sacred, while recognizing that leadership in the marketplace too often is disconnected from spiritual values. Fellows learn 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 employs an apprenticeship-style of learning that requires a serious commitment on the part of each Fellow, the mentors and the community of caring adults who are dedicated to engaging them in an ongoing dialog.
A Professional Internship in the Private or Non-Profit Sector
OLDI has identified meaningful, mentored internship opportunities across a variety of market sectors. Each Fellow will be employed at a responsible private, public, or non-profit company and will have the opportunity to interact on a personal basis with a workplace mentor.
Fellows will be involved in weekly spiritual formation activities with a variety of gifted teachers and mentors. Spiritual formation focuses on the teachings of Jesus, with an emphasis on personal reflection and practical application.
In addition to the professional internship and community life, Fellows interaction with young adults and caring adults from Fellows-like programs in other cities and participate in leadership development activities such as events sponsored by the Murdock Trust; the Washington Family Ranch Weekend; and the National Prayer Breakfast.
Fellows will participate in community service projects. Involvement in these projects will expose the Fellows to the poor and to some of the challenges of leadership in that context.
The Fellows live together in separate, single-gender houses in Portland and participate in a community of responsible, caring adults. The adults include the Fellows in the daily life of their families and community, openly and honestly sharing their lives. Through regular interaction in community, the Fellows will experience apprenticeship-style learning related to serving others, living in community, and being reconciled.