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Leaders in Training (LIT)

The Leaders in Training Program at Christie Lake Kids offers young people the opportunity to engage in meaningful ways as they move through their youth. This 3 year program gives support, structure and opportunities for accomplishment to youth living in poverty, a circumstance that often leads to non-completion of school and a lack of civic engagement. This program provides these young people the opportunities to develop social, leadership and mentoring skills; to learn advanced camping and group dynamics skills; and the practice their leadership through their volunteer commitment to supporting Christie Lake’s STAR and Camp programs.

LIT youth have opportunities to attend learning retreats at camp, to embark on out tripping adventures, to teach skills to young participants and to engage on behalf of CLK in the community. They are supported by dedicated leaders (staff and volunteer) who have clear expectations about each LIT's commitments to their school, family and CLK engagements and ensure they have the tools to fulfill them.
It is essential that as children enter their youth that healthy positive and interesting alternatives are available to them, children who do not have a positive option are likely to engage in negative activities. The kind of structured age-appropriate program for youth offered by Christie Lake Kids LIT Program in the critical hours has dramatic impacts in reducing gang and drug involvement and helping to build focused individual with good self esteem, earned confidence and better prospects as they look forward to their futures and adults in the community.