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The Magic of Learning Through Disney Youth Programs

Us three sisters recently had the opportunity to learn about a variety of Disney Youth Programs offered at the Disney Resorts by actually getting to experience a taste of what the kids who participate get to do. We didn’t know much about the program, so we were surprised and delighted to learn about how detailed and diverse it is, with something for every age group (elementary school through college) in every interest and discipline you can imagine, including performing arts. There’s also a broad spectrum of educational options, such as applied sciences, environmental studies, liberal arts, and leadership development, to name a few. The education programs are called Youth Education Series, or Y.E.S..

We actually got to shadow a group of high school kids as one of the effervescent and engaging leaders guided the teens (and us) through an interactive educational lesson down Main Street and into Frontierland, which we thought was particularly appropriate, seeing how these teens would soon be off navigating new frontiers of their own. We couldn’t help but look and listen with the eyes and ears of teenagers as we nodded in agreement that we wished our kids were with us.

We all agreed that children of every age (and adults, for that matter) need to hear the empowering messages that encourage creative thinking, innovation, dreaming big, and trailblazing. And there’s just something about hearing them from the streets of Disneyland, where Walt literally built an entire world that fulfilled his own childhood dreams, that make them that much more meaningful and — wait for it — magical. And we’re not kidding! There was one story in particular that we heard about a specific picture of a young Walt Disney that was worth a thousand words. Or more.

After we left the high school group, we got a look into some of what the younger kids experience in their programs, from a beautifully made short film on California’s history (enforcing 4th grade curriculum) to building our own roller coasters (physics, anyone?) to the amazing and historic animatronic presentation, Great Moments with Lincoln. We got a vivid depiction of the sights, sounds, and interactive activities the kids get to participate in. Learning all of these things through the perspective of Disney only helps bring to life the lessons being taught in our children’s classroom in a totally applicable way that’s exciting, illuminating, and inspiring. And basically, that’s what the programs are set out to do — ignite our children’s imagination, cultivate their curiosity, and fuel their fundamental passion for learning. We think that’s pretty awesome.

Imagine getting to do this kind of super-fun stuff at Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, or Disney World. Is it just us, or does that sound like a dream come true for any kid? We thought so. As Yeats once said, “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” And we know it to be true. But don’t just take our word for it. Here are a few other quotes about education that we love!

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  • The Future 3 of 7
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  • To Think 4 of 7
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  • Change 5 of 7
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  • Imagine 7 of 7
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To find out more about the Disney Youth Programs or Disney Youth Education Series and how you can plan a Disney Youth trip for your child and/or your group, visit the Disney Youth website. Disney Youth Education Series (Y.E.S.) programs are available to any youth organization, including Scouts, camps, daycares, and religious groups that meet the group size requirement of 10 or more students.

Photo Source(s):  Disney Sisters

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