The Decisions Program


Ryan looking towards mountains

The mission of the Flyin Ryan Hawks Foundation (FRHF) revolves around the principle, Core Values Matter. It is particularly important that core values be generated by students and athletes from inside themselves rather than handed exclusively “top down” by traditional sources; parents, teachers, coaches, etc. This is the central focus of the Decisions Programs; EXPOSING people to Ryan’s core principles, INSPIRING them to explore and compose their own set of core values, and ACTING on the core principles they have composed. We have developed programs that explore and promote these principles in two targeted sectors, education and athletics, and are moving forward in other areas, such as corporations and business teams.


Decisions for Education

Student adding core value to flip chart

At South Burlington High School, where Ryan went to school, over 1200 students have participated in the four-step process called the Flyin Ryan Decisions Program. The Foundation is currently implementing the Decisions program in other Vermont area high schools, and have responded to inquiries nationwide. In addition to the impact this program has had on the students and their parents, it has had a dramatic and positive effect on the culture and climate of the school. We have also introduced the program in a few middle schools. Learn more about the Decisions Program for Education.

Attention Vermont Educators

The Flyin Ryan Decisions Program fits right in with the Flexible Pathways initiative in Act 77, which provides for Personalized Learning Plans. A Critical Element of the Self Knowledge/Student Profile requirement, calls for an examination of students’ Core Principles.

The Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC) presents the Flyin Ryan Decisions Program as a model exercise in the Chapter 1 of their publication PLP Resource Guide for High Schools. The Guide is available at no charge to educators, advisors, counselors and administrators throughout Vermont to help them implement Personalized Learning Plans.

Download your copy of the VSAC PLP Resource Guide (4 MB).

Learn more about the Decisions Program for Education.


Decisions for Athletes and Teams

Every time our young athletes strap on a pair of skis and head for the steeps, they begin a journey navigating through a maze of important choices, routinely making critical decisions that have the potential to affect their short term and long term health and fitness. With the Flyin Ryan Decisions Program, athletes begin to build the tools required to make smart decisions. Understanding our unique core values as individuals is key to developing good decision making skills in every area of our lives.

The Flyin Ryan Decisions Program for Athletes and Coaches was piloted with the athletes and coaches of the Smugglers’ Notch Freeride Ski Team, and has the backing of the International Freeride Ski Association (IFSA). Learn more about the Decisions Program for Athletes and Teams.

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