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This dog-centric program offers a comprehensive development experience that builds confidence, character, and personal growth while promoting essential traits and skills. These include individual responsibility, integrity, empathy, resilience, effective communication, leadership, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship.  


What is the investment for the program?

Thanks to the generous support of The Larry and Helen Hoag Foundation, our summer program has been subsidized and registration is $200 (normally $799)!


Where does the program take place?

10531  Humbolt Street  Los Alamitos, CA 90720


What if my child can’t attend the two-day retreat?

Students need to participate in the two-day retreat, so we ask that you get on our waitlist for the upcoming Fall program (dates TBD).


What if my child misses a class?

We understand that things come up, and families take vacations. Missing a class is not a problem, but missing more than 2 would limit their full participation in the course and could impact the project portion.


Do you prorate the program fee based on attendance?

No, we do not.  


Does this program meet college admission requirements? 

Yes. College admission boards are looking for involvement in multiple extracurricular activities, leadership opportunities, and service hours. The BOLO Project checks all of those boxes.


Does my child receive college credit for this course?

Currently, they do not.  However, we are in the process of getting the program accredited for college CEU’s.


Who facilitates the program? 

Gila Kurtz, the founder and Executive Director, is the lead facilitator. She is a former high school teacher, serial entrepreneur, business strategist, and mentor for CEO founders. She designed this program to give teens a “leg up” on important traits and skills that lead to a successful life. Speakers and topic experts also participate throughout the program.


Why do I want to enroll my child in this program?

Have you ever said, “I wish I knew then what I know now”?

This program gives teenagers access to what we wish we knew then. 

It builds character, confidence, and positive personal growth.

It develops traits of responsibility, empathy, integrity, and resilience.

It fosters financial literacy, leadership, communication, entrepreneurship/project management, and community service skills.


Is my child going to be training dogs?

No, but dogs are present at every session. We know that dogs change the way people see the world.  Studies show that dogs reduce stress and anxiety which enhances the ability to learn. Plus, they are fun to have around!


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