In 2016 Boston Explorers launched our teen Leaders-in-Training (LIT) program. It was clear that many campers who had aged out of Boston Explorers day camp did not want to leave.
Boston Explorers developed a year-round program that connects 16 and 17 year olds with great opportunities and resources for their futures. At the same time, it allows them to earn money. Over the course of a year, LITs learn and strengthen skills that will inform their professional, personal, and community identities.
Experience as an LIT will guide their decision-making as they consider the range of post high school options. LITs nurture a set of skills that serve as a solid foundation for building confidence and developing leadership qualities that will guide them throughout their lives and careers.
The purpose of professional development is to teach LITs the basic tools of being successful professionals and to help them begin to create professional networks.
For many participants, this is their first job. From the application and interview process to showing up on time for work, LITs are held to high standards. Staff feedback, coaching, and guidance help the to achieve their objectives.
The purpose of personal development is to instill in LITs the desire to always want more for themselves, to continue to evaluate goals through self-assessment and enrichment. We provide the tools to help them succeed.
Using action plans, short-term and long-term goals, LITs will begin to think about life after high school, like financial stability and career options.
The purpose of community development is to inspire LITs to explore what it means to be a citizen and to become active members in their communities.
LITs will be introduced to local government officials, participate in service projects, and complete a Legacy Project for the Boston Explorers community, to name a few.
Meet our current Leaders-in-Training!
Click on an LITs picture to see their Passport to Summer Fun!
INTERESTED IN BECOMING AN LIT AT BOSTON EXPLORERS?