Young Leaders Organizing Institute (OI)
Each year, empowering the 1 in 5 begins with training our young leaders.
The OI is a week-long intensive training program held at the University of Denver where our Chapter Leaders build leadership skills through workshops, community building, and working with leading role models from the national stage. We train our Chapter Leaders to lead their local school chapters and to build an empowered community. Learn more about The Organizing Institute in this 2022 news feature on Denver Local News
An Inclusive Community, A Profound Impact
- ● Lead effective Eye to Eye chapters and provide training and guidance for mentors nationwide
- ● Inspire young people with learning differences and provide them with concrete examples of what it looks like to be successful as a different learner
- ● Connect with other students (and partners and Alumn’Eye) to form a strong part of the Eye to Eye community
- ● Support individuals in their personal journey toward self-advocacy and empowerment and to become voices for change in their own communities
And what our young leaders give each other … Community.
What's it like at the OI?
Chapter Leaders Share Their OI Experience
2021 Virtual OI Recap
2022 OI Recap
At the OI, our attending students discover their leader within. They also discover community, and all the students need that ally-that support system. Seeing that firsthand at the OI has changed the way I work.
—Jenny Krause, Education Program Leader at Wyoming Department of Education
It was so so amazing. One of the best things about the OI is getting time to talk to people and meet new people. In particular, I had a lot of really good conversations with other Chapter Leaders about our chapters and how to improve them.
—Julia, University of Pittsburgh
National Leaders Inspire With Their Stories of Learning Differently
Each year, national leaders, celebrities, and influencers kick off the OI and share words of inspiration for the incoming Chapter Leaders.