Leadership Program Aims High

Posted at: 09/11/2013 6:45 PM
Updated at: 09/11/2013 7:01 PM
By: Katie Eldred

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- It was one exciting entrance as two parachutes came flying down Wednesday morning at Kasson-Mantorville Schools to introduced their new Mindset program. The school is hoping Wednesdays introduction will teach the students the sky is the limit.

Many kids may dream of one day parachuting out of a plane. That’s just what Larry Yatch did at Kasson-Mantorville schools to show them that anything is possible.

"The jump was awesome, conditions couldn't have been better," said Larry Yatch.

Yatch is a ten year veteran of the Navy Seals. He introduced his new Mindset program that the students here will spend the next 4 years emerged in.

"The biggest thing is to get the concept of doing something that they would have thought was impossible," said Yatch.

He shared his experiences with overcoming challenges. Such as the trials he went through to get into the U.S. Naval Academy and then the grueling training he went through to become a Navy Seal.

"We're hoping the kids will learn to see a challenge and come up with a plan on how to beat the challenge," said Al Hodge.

Middle School principal Al Hodge says the program will focus not only on teaching students to face challenges, but also how to become better leaders.

"We think by wrapping that up each month in journaling, answering questions, and discussion, that the kids are going to leave with some real strong leadership skills," said Hodge.

While some of the students weren't sure jumping out of a plane was their kind of dream.

“No, I’m not a heights person,” said Amy Buehler.

Just hearing Yatch’s story the students were already excited to shoot for the stars.

“It inspired me to go more towards my goals instead of slowly working towards them,” said Kelly Schneider.

Yatch hopes the students will carry these lessons with them for years to come.

"There's potential in every person to be able to be a good leader, all were doing is giving them the knowledge and experience to optimize that potential," said Yatch.

The school and Yatch also held another informational session for parents and community members Wednesday night at Kasson-Mantorville High School.