The Omega Leadership Initiative (OLI) is a year-round student-driven servant leadership experience for high school teens. It is sponsored by OMEGA and facilitated by Jon Schoonmaker, MA, LPC.
Servant Leadership, a term coined by Robert Greenleaf, is a philosophy of leadership that achieves results by placing priorty on serving the needs of others. Servant leaders are identified by their compassion, courage, and humility. The term “omega” is the last letter of the Greek alphabet and reminds us that we must often place ourselves behind others to serve them and lift them up. As servant leaders, we remember the teaching of Christ, “If you want to be first, you must make yourselves last of all and servant of all.” (Mark 9:35)
OLI is open to any teen currently in high school regardless of gender, race, reiligious affiliatiion, color, or ability.
There is no fee to participate in OLI. However, there are fees for involvement in programs such as the Omega Project, retreats/conferences, and field trips.
Meetings are held for the purpose of leadership training, community development, and event planning. Participants are asked to make a meaningful commitment to the bi-monthly meetings.
The purpose of the OMEGA LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE is to empower teens by assisting them in discovering and sharing the unique strengths and abilities they bring to the world. Service is a means of empowerment.