We will having an open house at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, May 29th at 11 am.
All are welcome – current members, former members, and anyone interested in learning more about OLLI!
Please RSVP so we can be sure to have enough refreshments at 717-7634
OLLI began in April of 1993, when interested retirees sought to form a partnership with Yavapai College to provide alternative learning experiences for older adults. The peer directed Yavapai Learning Institute was born, and offered the first set of learning groups in the spring of 1994. The first session included a choice of 7 learning groups that spring, and by the summer of 1994 there were 100 members.
From the beginning the learning groups were facilitated by volunteer members. As the group grew and flourished over the years, paid staff positions were added to support the growing program. A grant from the Osher Foundation in 2004 led to a name change, to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Sister programs in Sedona and Cottonwood were added, and with continued growth the Osher Foundation awarded the programs a $2 million endowment. The interest from this endowment helps to keep rates very low.
The Prescott OLLI now offers over 250 learning groups and workshops during 5 different six-week sessions each year, serving approximately 850 members in the Prescott and Prescott Valley area. Want to learn more? Call 717-7634.