Do I have to be an OLLI member? No. This program is open to all seniors in Greenville.

Do I have to have a college degree to sign up for Senior Leaders Greenville? No. You just need to have a passion or interest in learning more about your community and getting involved.

What does the $350 fee include? Eight day-long education sessions with experts, activists and community leaders; lunch each day; transportation to some off-site locations; four Straight Talk lectures sponsored by OLLI and the Riley Institute at Furman; orientation and graduation receptions; and all class materials.

Are scholarships available to help me pay the fee? Up to 10 scholarships are available. There is a box on the application form to indicate your need.  We will follow up with an application for scholarship support.

Can I get a refund? Your serious commitment to the program is important and for that reason no refunds will be given after January 20 (one week before the start of the program).

Do I have to attend all the classes? We understand missing a class can sometimes be unavoidable. But if you miss more than two sessions you will not be able to graduate and become a member of Senior Leaders.

Can I bring a friend or family member to a class they may be interested in? No. You will be able to bring a guest to graduation. If you have friends interested in these topics, please encourage them to apply for next year's class.

Where will these Day Programs take place? Some will be located at the Herring Center on the Furman Campus and others will be held on sites relevant to the topic for that day.

When are the sessions? Orientation is January 28, 2014.  Course sessions will run February-November on the second Friday of each month, except for July and August, when participants will be encouraged to attend the Straight Talk series on Tuesday evenings.

Why do I have to fill out an application form? How will they be judged? It is important to know that an applicant has an interest/passion for senior issues, and that they actively want to get involved in helping to address the special issues, problems and opportunities of "seniorhood." A team of staff and volunteers will review each application. The questions are designed to help them select a diverse and dedicated class.

How were the topics chosen? They are largely based on the South Carolina's State Plan on Aging, which is administered by the Lt. Governor's Office.

Are there other programs like this? Beaufort, SC and Asheville, NC both have programs similar to Senior Leaders Greenville. Our program is a customized version modeled after the many programs we researched during the discovery phase of this initiative.

Who is administering the program? Osher Lifelong Learning Institute @ Furman staff along with a Steering Committee comprised of OLLI members will administer the program. Key partners from the community, including Bon Secours Lifewise and Senior Action, will serve in an advisory role as we develop the program and its curriculum.

​What is expected of me when I graduate? Senior Leaders Greenville graduates will become advocates and change-makers, representing the senior population in many ways. You may decide to join a board; advocate for an issue; lobby legislators; attend civic meetings and speak out for seniors; serve on a planning commission; run for office; start a new business for seniors; or something else of your own creation.

Why Senior Leaders Greenville? For some, retirement brings a loss of purpose and passion after a lifetime of family, career and the obligations these commitments command. For many relocating to Greenville from around the country, learning about their new home is important. Going through Senior Leaders Greenville may provide the tools to help these seniors find a new fulfillment in retirement.​

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