The Leader-In-Training (LIT) Program / Princeton-Blairstown Center

158 Millbrook Rd Blairstown

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The Princeton-Blairstown Center reimagined and restarted its Leader-In-Training (LIT) Program in 2018. The one-year LIT program is for rising high school juniors and seniors and focuses on helping teens develop strong leadership skills, lessen summer learning loss, increase 21st Century and social-emotional skills, and gain hands-on employment experience. The program consists of intensive work during a six-week summer residential program with additional touch points throughout the year.

Students from historically marginalized communities who are nominated for the program complete an application and a competitive interview process to secure one of ten spots. Students receive a $1,000 stipend upon successful completion of the summer program that includes:

  • Exploring a range of leadership styles, identifying their default leadership style, and actively developing leadership skills;

  • Honing critical 21st Century social-emotional skills like communication, cooperation, critical thinking, creativity, problem-solving, teambuilding, and decision-making through the Center’s initiatives, challenge courses, and high ropes courses;

  • Engaging in hands-on financial literacy, literacy, and S.T.E.M. classes to combat summer learning loss;

  • Rotating through five job areas at the Center to learn hard and soft employment skills;

  • Receiving mentoring and practicing goal setting to develop a plan for school and work;

  • Developing a resume and a personal statement; and

  • Learning the value of reflection through conversation in small groups with a focus on one’s personal journey and developing the tools needed to navigate forward in life.

Dates for 2024 will be July 1 - August 9th. Participants must arrive on June 30th to check in.
For more information, or to receive a nomination form, please contact Pat Karl at