Trust and team building exercises put students at a Doncaster academy to the test.
Four sessions led by an RAF outreach worker even included a simulated humanitarian crisis, to test students under pressure as they worked against the clock to find solutions.
Sergeant Pete Morris is based at Leeds Careers Office and RAF Linton on Ouse, and joined Y13 students at Trinity Academy in Thorne to develop a special leadership programme.
Head boy Adam Osborne was one of 20 sixth formers to take part in the initiative designed to boost leadership skills in preparation for future careers.
He said: “All sessions went extremely well and increased our ability to work in teams. One of the first things we had to do was speak in front of everyone and that helped my self-confidence. The younger children have begun to look up to us.”
Adam is aiming for a career in optometry, after noting how lives can change for people once they can see properly.
Head girl Jess Harvey said: The RAF sessions have been really good, helping us bond as a year group and encouraging us to volunteer and take the lead.”
Director of sixth form Gemma Hirst said prefects and house captains are now leading events and representing the academy.
“They are encouraging younger children. From being quiet and reserved at the beginning of the programme they have developed in to self-confident and capable role models and mentors,” she said.