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 thirteen 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 the past twenty-two years and is currently a fifth-grade teacher and Literacy Laboratory model teacher in Andover. Additionally, he coaches 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.
LIT II Counselor
Ramille is starting his fourth year as a member of the LIT Team. Ramille currently teaches 8th grade U.S. History at in Lexington. Ramille is the father of two boys. His oldest son is currently attending Clark University and his youngest attend the day camp.
LIT I Counselor
Natalie has over five years of experience in the education field and brings an additional four years of camp experience to the LIT team. Natalie holds a Bachelors and Masters degree from UNH. Natalie joined the Brooks School Summer Programs team in 2017.
LIT I Counselor
Josh has been a part of the Brooks community for over 20 years. Josh spent eight years as a camper, three years as a CIT, and has been on our staff for the past fourteen years fulfilling the role of a group counselor, activity staff member and now as part of the LIT team. Josh teaches physical education in Lexington.