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Teen Leaders In Training (LITs)


Spring Program 2023

To apply for the LIT program, you must be ages 13-15. 


The hours of operation will be Monday through Thursday from 3pm to 7pm. We operate out of two locations:

13 &14 Year Olds -  Community Center 31 Jefferson Street New Haven, CT 06511

15 Year olds - Dixwell Q House 197 Dixwell Ave New Haven, CT 06511

DATES FOR FALL PROGRAMMING are Monday, January 30th - Thursday, May 11th.


The LIT Program focuses on five main components:

  • Social and Emotional Learning 

  • Mental Health and Wellness

  • College Readiness/ Post Secondary Education 

  • Case Management 

  • Internships 

While focusing on our five components we also focus on literacy reading a book that relates to relevant times. We will also be doing a host of fun activities. 


Required Documents for the summer

  • Full completed application including essay

  • A copy of the latest physicals, immunization records and insurance cards.

  • Strong Safety protocols: All teens and counselors will be required to wear masks at all times.  All teens must be screened into the program every day with a temperature check and a completed survey so that we know they are not sick and have not come into contact with anyone who is sick. If your teen is not feeling well or someone in your house has COVID-19 symptoms, please keep your teen home.

If you would like to complete an application for the program, please scroll down to the bottom of the page. You will be contacted by a member of our staff once we have received your application. Thank you!


Leaders In Training (LITs) support senior and junior counselors by volunteering with younger children. They also get their own unique age-appropriate programming which includes academic support, health education, community service, and job exploration.



LEAP's LIT program (afterschool and summer) program is available for teens ages 13 to 15. Unlike the children's program, LITs can come from any New Haven neighborhood. LITs receive a small stipend and many advance into other positions at LEAP, including Junior Counselors and Swim Instructors.

when & where

The after school program operates Monday-Thursday from 3 pm - 6 pm. The summer program is Monday-Friday from 8 am - 3 pm. During the school year and summer the LIT program is held at LEAP’s Community Center (31 Jefferson St., New Haven CT 06511)

Watch this video to learn more about LEAP's LIT program!

Application Form

If you would like to participate in the LIT program, please complete an application online. Click the button below.

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