Empowering student voice and engaging students as integral partners
Providing opportunity and experiences to develop the confidence, communication, collaboration, and leadership skills necessary for the future
Inspiring students to become lifelong learners and productive citizens
Through content and programming, BOLT’s goals include providing a platform for the expression of student perspectives and aspirations, featuring examples of student voice and creativity, and supporting opportunities for students to collaborate with peers in engaging learning experiences.
One of the featured programs of BOLT is a three-day learning experience for 3rd through 12th graders, hosted at Walt Disney World in Orlando. The BOLT@Disney Student Leadership Institute uses the Disney theme parks as an engaging and magical classroom. BOLT also partners with Disney’s Youth Educational Series (YES) program to offer students a learning experience behind the scenes at the Disney theme parks. The goal is for students to acquire the building blocks necessary to develop or expand their own leadership skills—and leave better equipped and energized to embrace new challenges, serve their schools and communities, and reach their own personal goals.
“The BOLT program isn’t just a trip to Disney World, it is a thoughtfully constructed and expertly facilitated leadership experience. Our son was the youngest student in the group and he was transformed by it. He went from quite nervous and unsure to confident – both in himself and his ability to try new things and his capacity to build strong relationships. When he got home we joked ‘Who is this kid?’ as he proudly announced that he was ready to try other new things because he is a ‘BOLT kid.’ People talk a lot about the magic of Disney, but in our family we talk more about the magic of BOLT!”
– Parent of a BOLT participant