Teen Leaders In Training (LITs)


Back to School 2020-21

LEAP is reopening programs in October 2020 and is accepting applications now for Leaders In Training. We are excited to get back into working with children.  Our LIT program will run from 3 pm to 6 pm, 4 days a week.  We will be focusing on homework help, academic support, and fun activities to supplemend teen's school experience.

To apply for the LIT program, teens must be between the ages of 13 and 15 years old.  The LIT program takes place at our community center at 31 Jefferson Street in New Haven. It will be in-person 2 days a week and online 2 days a week.

Because of COVID-19, our programs will look different this school year, including:

  • Strong Safety protocols: All teens and counselors must wear masks at all times.  All teens must be screened into the program every day they meet in person 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 child is not feeling well or someone in your house has COVID-19 symptoms, please keep your child home. If there is someone who is vulnerable to COVID-19 in your household (for instance a senior citizen or someone whose immune system is compromised, then it may not make sense for your child to participate in our in-person program (they can still participate in our virtual program.


  • LEAP will have small groups that meet separately to maintain social distancing.

  • LEAP will have a combination or hybrid in-person and virtual program.  Children will particpate 2 days a week in-person and 2 days a week online.


  • LEAP staff will have COVID-19 tests every 2 weeks.

If you would like to complete an application for the program, scroll down.  Application button is at the bottom of this page.


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 - 1 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.


LEAP is an academic and social enrichment program providing mentoring for children, teens and young adults, ages 7 to 24. 

31 Jefferson St.

New Haven, CT 06511

Phone: 203-773-0770

If we are not available by phone, please reach us using our "Contact" page.

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