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Leadership Internship for Teens

HOLISTIC INTEGRATIVE SOLUTIONS for the Community and Workplace

Why Our Program is Unique

group of teens and facilitators wearing masksThe Leadership Internship for Teens (LIT!) program is for teens in grades 9-12. This program provides teens a unique experience to challenge themselves through learning, research, individualized work and team collaboration, project management, and program development.

LIT! prepares teens for the challenging transition to adulthood by providing them with a substantial amount of independence and all of the decision-making that goes with it. Our program teaches teens the fundamental skills they need to thrive in various life situations including colleges and universities, in the workforce, while away at school, and as leaders in their families, communities, and the world.

We teach teens to find solutions by permitting them to make their own choices, assess the outcomes of those choices, and receive constant feedback and coaching support from our team of Leadership Facilitators. In addition, everyone has an opportunity to lead and everyone has an opportunity to follow, while learning life changing skills, both independently and as part of a group.

LIT! is a comprehensive and complete experience that provides teens with the tools they need to obtain success in college and beyond.

LOLK’s LIT! provides teens an opportunity to develop these basic Learning Outcomes:

Community

Teens will be able to:

  • Display an ability to communicate with others
  • Connect and collaborate with others
  • Show empathy and respect differences
  • Give back to others and the community
  • Demonstrate an openness to learning about others
  • Show cross-cultural understanding
  • Build relationships with peers and adults, including those of different backgrounds and experiences

Creativity

Teens will be able to:

  • Think flexibly
  • Innovate
  • Demonstrate an openness to risk-taking
  • Experiment, prototype and test ideas
  • Create original work or responsibly remix existing content to make something new
  • Engage in personal expression

Digital Citizenship

Teens will be able to:

  • Demonstrate technology use that is safe, ethical and responsible
  • Leverage digital tools to broaden their perspective
  • Manage personal information to protect privacy and security
  • Respect intellectual property
  • Think critically about digital tools and their use

Leadership

Teens will be able to:

  • Display self confidence
  • Maintain a positive attitude
  • Exhibit a strong work ethic
  • Show perseverance and work well under pressure
  • Mentor, assist or teach others
  • Provide feedback
  • Inspire others in their own Learning

Learning

Teens will be able to:

  • Demonstrate curiosity
  • Sharpen academic skills (e.g. study skills, research, reasoning)
  • Develop social emotional skills (e.g. self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making)
  • Practice workforce skills (e.g. time management, conflict resolution, problem-solving)
  • Accept feedback and constructive criticism
  • Begin to understand college and/or career opportunities
  • Engage in career planning activities (project management)
  • Understand how to reflect on learning
  • Identify what they are passionate about

Learning

Teens will be able to:

  • Use materials and tools for developmental, educational and recreational needs
  • Express themselves on a variety of platforms
  • Create content to demonstrate meaning
  • Select platforms and tools for communication
  • Articulate their learning to peers and adults

They also have a chance to develop these Core Skills:

Judgement

Teens are given opportunities to make decisions for themselves and to learn how to assess risk. They gain insight into how their actions influence or contribute to how others perceive them.

Self-Awareness

Self-Awareness: They are taught the impact of attitude, tone of voice, inclusiveness, and social skills on their relationships with others. Teens learn to form positive relationships, find balance within the group, and work together effectively as a team.

Leading

Teens learn how to manage and lead groups. They practice leading activities for each other and gradually build on these skills by helping to create community programming, for teens, by teens. They practice public speaking, learn how to get a group’s attention, thoughtfully consider logistics and resource allocation, and create a budget for specific programming designed by the group. They will learn to adapt quickly to changing circumstances and assess what works and what could use qualitative improvements.

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At LOLK, we believe that every teen and young adult’s potential as a leader is waiting to be unearthed. We believe in motivating and inspiring youth to be great role models, great thinkers, and great civic leaders, who want to and who will make a positive difference in this world. We create amazing positive environments, opportunities, and connections so the teens can discover the leader within themselves.

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