The protégés woke up, had their breakfast, and were ready to embark on today’s adventure. As the students walked into the YHA conference room, they were taken by surprise by the pots, pans, and pasta. It was clear that today’s first mission was working in a team to cook the proposed recipe.
The protégés listening to instructions
The first task was to prepare a three-course dinner for the mentors and counselors. With very limited time and resources, the students needed to work as efficiently as possible. The second task was to create a business plan for a restaurant of each team’s own creation and decide how they will brand it. The final dishes were done by lunchtime and were ready to be judged and graded along with the restaurant concept each team had to come up with.
Making pasta from scratch
The greatest challenge that the teams faced was to create a business plan for their restaurant that matched the dishes that they were cooking. It’s one thing to think big but adapting ambition and creativity to reality is what really amplifies success. With that in mind, the victors of the protégé’s very own “Master Chef” competition used the ingredients they had and crafted a delicious meal that everyone truly enjoyed.
Presenting the business plan of the restaurant
Later in the day, the mentors organized a session on motivation and inspiration conducted by Shamlan. The objective was to get two teams to chose one person as their runner and start a race in the fields close by. The teams were to cheer and chant the runners name as loud as they could to infuse motivation into their bloodstream. By the time of the race itself, both runners had prioritized winning over everything and anything turning the mediocre race into an intense competition. Three, two, one, GO! The rumbling roar of both teams and the runners’ single minded determination had given them the raging power to zoom past the crowd into the finish line. It really didn’t matter who won when the race was over in about 10 seconds. With their cheering they might as well have been Olympic runners in the final race.
Motivation and inspiration outdoor session
With motivation in mind, mentor Yarub conducted the next session, which focused on being ambitious with small ideas. Each student was to write down a small business project on a piece of paper individually. After that, everyone was asked to lie down on the grass with his or her eyes closed. The feeling of the cold crisp grass on their backs and the flickering lights emerging through their eyelids created the perfect mindset to be inspired. Yarub then proceeded to switching on R. Kelly’s The World’s Greatest song. Suddenly, a warm feeling started crawling up the protégés skin as their facial expressions began to change through the chorus. Some started even positioning themselves to get up as soon as the song was over; it wasn’t just the song, it was the whole atmosphere. It was then time to get up and re-write the small business plan they originally thought of. It was by miles and miles more ambitious than the first time.
Listening to The World’s Greatest song
After the exciting activities, the students gathered up around the mentors and counselors to ignite the spark of the final project. The students got to discuss the hardships of the previous generations with the counselors themselves, which tremendously helped get the pendulum swinging. Each activity had prepared the students for the next step. It was now time to prove themselves to the world.