AGE GROUP: 14 - 17

(Rising 9th-Graders through 12th-Graders)

BlackRock's Counselor in Training (CIT) Program is returning this summer! Accepted applicants will serve as leaders and mentors in our Summer Youth Art Academy. This is the perfect opportunity for youth to build their professional skill set and earn SSL hours. 

 

The new CIT  Program is closely aligned with the National Youth Leadership Council’s Service-Learning Standards (SLS) for Quality Practice. BlackRock is an approved provider of Student Service Learning hours.  

COUNSELORS IN TRAINING
KEY DATES

APPLICATIONS DUE --> FRIDAY, APRIL 2

INTERVIEWS --> APRIL 7 - APRIL 15

CANDIDATE SELECTION --> FRIDAY, APRIL 16

REQUIREMENTS

AGE 14 - 17 (Rising 9th - 12th Graders)

INTEREST IN THE ARTS / WORKING WITH KIDS

COST PER WEEK: $125

 
APPLICATION & PROCESS
APPLY TO
CIT PROGRAM

Complete the CIT Program application by Friday, April 2nd.

Canidates must collect & submit two (2) references from adults (non-family members) with their application. 

INTERVIEW WITH
CAMP DIRECTOR

Qualified candidates will be asked to attend a video interview with BlackRock's Camp Director.

COMPLETE REQUIRED
FORMS & TRAINING

Selected candidates will have to complete required paperwork and attend a half-day, in-person training.

SPECIAL NOTES:

  • The number of CITs selected for each week will be based on Maryland Department of Health recommendations for group size. Initial selection will be four CITs per week.
     

  • Applicants should indicate which weeks and how many hours per week they are able to participate. All other items being equal, preference will be given to applicants with the most availability. 
     

  • The cost per week per CIT is $125. However, BlackRock never wants finances to be a barrier to the arts. If your camper is in need of financial assistance, please apply to our Sonie Mathew Scholarship, which covers 75% of total camp tuition cost.  
     

  • CIT applicants from the 2020 summer should email education@blackrockcenter.org to check on their status of their application, which can be used for this year. 

 
ROLE RESPONSIBILITIES

The BlackRock CIT Program is perfect for any young adults looking to grow their professional and leadership skills. A CIT's role in our Summer Youth Art Academy may include, but are not limited to, the following responsibilities: 
 

  • Implement and assist in adminstrative, project, and performance duties as needed. 

  • Maintain heightened awareness of participants and environment.

  • Assist in the supervision of students at the beginning, end, and transitions throughout. 

  • Engage enthusiastically in all activities, modeling, and assisting camp participants.

  • Model and promote a positive attitude and teamwork.

  • Use appropriate language, conversations and behavior.

  • Model, promote, and ensure safety protocals are being followed by all campers. 

  • Build relationships to engage and ensure all campers are included in activities. 

  • Collaborate with staff to answer questions and improve overall experience for campers.

  • Engage in weekly reflection, team building and young leadership modules.

Please note that this is an unpaid position. However, students can use hours worked towards Montgomery County Public Schools Student Service Learning (SSL) requirements

 

The new BlackRock CIT Program is closely aligned with the National Youth Leadership Council’s K-12 Service-Learning Standards for Quality Practice. By using this approach as our guide, we can ensure that participants in our CIT program gain academic knowledge and skills needed to address geniune community needs. 

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MEANINGFUL 
SERVICE

Engages participants in meaningful and personally relevant service activities. 

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LINKAGE TO 
CURRICULUM

Intentionally used as an instructional strategy to meet learning goals and/or content standards

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PERSONAL
REFLECTION

Prompts deep thinking and analysis about oneself and one’s relationship to society.

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DIVERSITY & 
INCLUSION

Promotes understanding of diversity and mutual respect among all participants.

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YOUTH
VOICE

Provides youth with a strong voice in planning, implementing, and evaluating experiences with guidance from adults.

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PARTNERSHIPS &
COLLABERATION

Creates partnerships that are collaborative, mutually beneficial, and address community needs. 

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PROGRESS
MONITORING

Engages participants in an ongoing process to assess the quality of implementation and progress towards meeting specified goals.

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DURATION & 
INTENSITY

Lasts a sufficient duration and intensity to address community needs and meet specified outcomes.