Ordean Emerging Leaders Cohort


The Ordean Foundation has established a new Emerging Leaders Cohort (ELC) program designed to make an investment in the community leadership potential of five young adults. The cohort model commits to a collaborative learning environment combining traditional leadership training, current event discussions, and hands-on community initiatives. ELC seeks to cultivate the tools, skills, community, and mindset required to transform communities and change systems. This is not a leadership program designed to reinforce traditional models of leadership. ELC emphasizes talent, potential, and most importantly, the sincere desire to make a positive difference in our community. The cohort will define, design, and implement a community impact project which addresses a significant community issue.

Cohort participants who meet program requirements are eligible for a $200/month stipend for their time and commitment to investing in themselves. Participants will be asked to dedicate 10 hours a month to the program – 2 hours for a monthly cohort gathering and 8 hours of self-directed activity. Participants are asked to commit to an initial six-month term. Based on mutual interest of the participant and foundation, participation may be extended for additional six-month terms up to a maximum of two years.


The Ordean ELC program seeks five young leaders (between the ages of 21 and 25) who are creative, curious, resilient, have demonstrated an interest in civic transformation and social responsibility, and reflect a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives. ELC participants should exhibit a dedication to community well-being, a strong sense of self-reflection, a desire for personal growth, and enthusiasm to be part of something larger than themselves.

Qualified applicants must be between the ages 21 to 25 as of Dec. 31, 2021. (birth years: 1996-2000). Applicants must be a resident of Duluth or an adjacent community in St. Louis County.

Apply by May 1, 2022.

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