The White House Decision Center provides an unforgettable team-building experience that also enhances high-stakes problem-solving and leadership skills.
The White House Decision Center program for adult groups requires about three hours. Participants examine historical information for information about a crisis or problem that President Truman faced. Advisers then meet to discuss the ideas and strategies they will want to recommend to the President. The President meets with his advisers to decide what to do and to prepare to make a statement to the press. Finally the President delivers his or her statement at a press conference while others become reporters and ask questions.
Programs for secondary school students, grades 7 to 12, consist of five hours of classroom work, divided into five modules, and an experiential decision making exercise, taking about four hours, at the White House Decision Center at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum. Scenarios available focus on the Berlin blockade, the desegregation of the armed forces, the invasion of South Korea and ending the war against Japan.