Then, the Disney YES Program educators provided an outline of Disney's leadership priorities:
|Student leaders leaving Soarin'|
Using a combination of their own values and Disney strategy, students first learned about how the attraction Soarin' was engineered. They learned that is was a goal Imagineers had worked on for weeks and months without a viable solution, until one brave individual took a risk and proposed a design unlike anything created before. Then, of course, they go to ride Soarin'! Experiencing the attraction after learning how it was designed and why the Walt Disney World cast members were so determined to do it, even after failing.
Next our leaders learned about the importance of clear communication in leadership through a business simulation. They had to design new products for company using Legos, but didn't have all the information they needed about the company. After experiencing the frustration an employee would experience when leaders are not transparent, our student leaders know they will have to communicate clear goals when they get home and take on leadership roles.
The Disney YES program concluded with a treat. Students got to meet and learn from a Disney leader in person. Justin is in charge of all holiday entertainment at Epcot. Any cast member in a holiday costume, singing holiday songs, all the music piped into the park, and all decorations throughout fall within his responsibilities. Justin shared his values for leadership:
|"Leaders can't just talk to talk, they have to walk the walk."|
WALK stands for:
- Why? (Clearly explaining the reasons behind everything)
- Kindness & Knowledge
|Some leaders got adventurous and |
ate lunch in the Morocco pavilion.
Before our final ceremony, we asked student to come up with the concrete ways they will use what they learned in BOLT to be leaders for their community in the next weeks and months at home and at school. This final video is the result!
The Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence is so proud of the 2015 BOLT student leaders. We hope they come back and watch this video over and over to remind themselves of their commitments, even when obstacles make the journey difficult. We know they will go one to create success and provide important service to their communities in the coming months and throughout their lives!