Building Outstanding Leaders Today (BOLT)
The Building Outstanding Leaders Today (BOLT) program is our advanced yearlong follow- up to our SBLI program that enables ABL's Summer Business and Leadership Institute Alumni to continue learning and developing their business and leadership skills. Started in 1999, BOLT is open to the top 25% of SBLI students. Each student is a current high school student or recent graduate who submitted a written application with an essay, received a nomination from ABL's SBLI site staff, and completed a group interview prior to their acceptance into the program. In addition, a majority of our BOLT students are from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and demonstrate great potential and motivation to succeed.
Mission: The BOLT program seeks to arm SBLI alumni with the ability to identify resources and opportunities through mentor relationships that will support their educational, professional, personal, and civic development, while simultaneously fostering within each student an attitude of independence, self-sufficiency, personal responsibility, and service. Upon completion of the program, students will be better equipped to find "their way" beyond ABL.
The BOLT program has continued to grow over the last thirteen years adding new components, projects, and opportunities for participates. The current program is comprised of 14 components:
- Internship Opportunities and Placement
- Transformational Leadership Seminars
- College Preparatory Component
- Social Entrepreneurship
- Center for Ideation
- Advanced Stock Market Competition
- Social Impact Contract (SIC)
- Delta Service Project
- Peer Coaching
- Training in Action (TIA)
- CEO Roundtables
- Business and Life Skills Training
- Advanced Power Networking Game
Students receive a commitment of 5 hours per month of one-on-one mentorship, a follow-up stock market competition, and career nights in order to provide our students with more opportunities. We further offer monthly and bi-weekly seminars and team building training.
For the last 13 years, BOLT's qualitative impact has been manifested in significant and life changing ways on our talented, high unrealized potential students due to the tangible and intangible skills our students are able to build upon after their experience in our Summer Business and Leadership Institute (SBLI).