The Leaders-in-Training program helps participants develop and hone their leadership skills, build confidence, and show responsibility as a role model.
This program is designed with the idea that leaders are made, not born. At Brooks, we develop lifelong leaders over a three-year process, each year is compounding on the previous year’s work. Participants will gain skills that extend beyond Brooks and follow them through all aspects of their life. The Leader-in-Training Program from the first year to the third provides teens with a variety of mentored healthy experiences in a safe, outdoor environment that is supervised by highly skilled professionals. After successfully completing this three-year program, LITs, who are at least 16 years old, are encouraged to apply for a staff position.
LITs, in their first year, spend half of their day participating in a structured and supervised training program. During training is where LITs have the opportunity to begin to develop their leadership skills, gain confidence within the group, and learn the essential qualities of being an active youth development professional. These daily training sessions are led by our two first-year LIT Counselors.
When not in training, LITs are assigned to camp groups where they work alongside Brooks staff. By working side-by-side, the LITs have the opportunity to apply the skills gained during training and to observe experienced counselors. By strategically designing the Year One experience, LITs see how best practices in youth development are applied to real-world situations.
LITs that have successfully completed the first-year program are welcome to participate in the second-year LIT program. During year two, the diversity of experiences increases, and LITs are placed in a variety of camp settings. The focus during the second year is on leadership development, camper management skills, and growth in facilitation skills while working in a variety of activities.
Three times per week, all second-year LITs come together for leadership training. This training is focused on specific strategies for working with campers, including learning effective positive behavior management strategies, practicing active listening, effective communication, and understanding the age characteristics of children.
The third year of the LIT program is the culmination of the training process. Year three marks a shift from the two previous years, with the LITs, now spending the majority of their day engaged within groups and activity areas. Coming together twice per week, leadership training guided by the program supervisor, focuses on strengthening each LIT’s confidence in being a leader. By the conclusion of this program, LITs are expected to take initiative and embody a variety of strategies and skills that make them a role model who is an organized, positive, and effective communicator.
It is the goal of the LIT program, that graduates possess effective management strategies, conflict resolution, self-responsibility, and exemplary communication skills. Participants will notice significant changes in their outlook as they progress through this program and become more aware of how to give back and engage with others. At Brooks, all LITs have an opportunity to experience being a leader within a positive, supportive community focused on youth development.
Leader in Training Supervisor
Mike has worked at Brooks in this role for the past fifteen years. Mike’s focus is to lead the LIT’s in becoming youth development professionals in a friendly, camp atmosphere. Mike has been involved in education for over twenty years and currently works as an Assistant Principal after having taught fifth grade in Andover. Mike has coached J.V. Boys Soccer at Andover High and previously coached J.V. Boys Lacrosse and Freshman Boys Basketball. Mike loves to utilize his extensive experience in the classroom, at camp, and on the field to help kids see their full potential in any arena. In his spare time, Mike is pursuing a second master’s degree in school leadership. He is married to his wife, Nina, and has two daughters who also attend and love Brooks School Day Camp.
Year 1 Coordinator
Natalie has been a part of the LIT team for six years and brings nearly a decade of experience from various school settings. Natalie has a passion for working with young adults and has dedicated herself to her work in youth development. Natalie earned both her Bachelors and Masters degree from UNH. She currently teaches seventh-grade social studies in Haverhill Public Schools after several years of working in the New Hampshire public school system. In her spare time, Natalie enjoys traveling and going to the gym.
Year 2 Coordinator
Ramille has been a member of the LIT team since 2017. Ramille currently teaches 8th grade U.S. History in Lexington Public Schools. Ramille is the father of two boys. His oldest son currently attends Clark University, and his youngest joins Rammile each summer as a camper in the Brooks School Day Camp.
Community Engagement Supervisor
Kenya helps to create and foster a strong sense of teamwork, cooperation, and morale among all staff, campers, and families, as well as provides direct assistance to all program supervisors. For over twenty years, Kenya has been actively involved with the Brooks School Summer Programs as an activity counselor and LIT 1st and 2nd-year Coordinator. Kenya has been part of the Brooks School faculty since 2007, where he has held several roles, including form dean, psychology teacher, and coach, and now serves as the Director of Multicultural Affairs and Assistant Director of Admission. Kenya holds a B.S. from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell with a concentration in Psychology and a minor in Legal Studies. When not on campus, Kenya enjoys traveling, cooking, playing trivia, and rooting for all New York teams.
Nicole has a passion for the food service industry. As part of the Brooks School Summer Programs, Nicole supervises the logistics team to ensure all programs remain in compliance with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and North Andover Board of Health. For almost twenty years, Nicole has been involved in school-based nutritional services. She holds industry certifications in ServSafe, Allergy Awareness, CPR, and First Aid. During the academic year, Nicole leads a team of youth development professionals in North Andover’s after-school program. Her hobbies include softball, tennis, and gamming. Nicole lives in North Andover with her husband, two dogs, and a cat.
Health Services Supervisor
Alison directs all aspects of the health center’s operation in accordance with state and local regulations and collaborates with our Health Care Consultant. Alsion strives to ensure that all participants have a healthy and safe experience. She is committed to community health and health care equity. Alison has worked as a pediatric nurse for 17 years and has been a member of the Brooks School Summer Programs since 2018. During the school year, she works with local pediatrician’s offices and as a school nurse. Alison is the mother of three children who enjoy the outdoors. Her family is passionate about camping and boating in the summer and skiing and snowboarding in the winter.