The Leadership Development Institute (LDI) aims to develop a 21st century generation of leaders. This mission starts with young people, particularly those who demonstrate the potential to comprehend and apply the fundamental principles needed by leaders as well as whom, by virtue of their age and education, are often looked upon as role models. Thus, the Institute, which is implemented in five regions, seeks to equip high school students, primarily sophomores to seniors, with vital leadership skills. To this end, the members of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., who organize and facilitate the regional LDIs, working along with other professionals/experts, instruct the participants in parliamentary procedures, conflict resolution, models of leadership, public speaking, community and civic engagement, and educational enhancement skills.
The Objectives of all LDIs are:
- to develop a cadre of positive youth leadership throughout the nation.
- to stimulate an appreciation for African American leadership in the United States and the world.
- to expose students to various leadership skills, opportunities, and challenges.
- to inform students of the current and emerging economic, social, political, communal, and cultural issues affecting African Americans and people of color in America and the world.
- to nurture a network of positive youth by providing fertile opportunities for them to interact on various social and cultural settings.
- to promote and stimulate an appreciation for Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
- to encourage civic involvement, such as voting.
- to link the LDI with the fraternity’s programs and special projects, such as Project Alpha, A Voteless People is a Hopeless People, and Go to High School Go to College.