Leaders in Training

Steven Romero
Title: Program Manager
Email: Sromero@litlv.org
Phone Number: (909) 213-4308
Website: https://www.litlv.org/

Program Description: ​​Students become LIT members who are part of a “cohort” based on their grade-level. Cohorts become families who push each other, believe in one another and accomplish goals together. Students meet after school weekly based on their cohort and participate in leadership, identity and critical consciousness training. ​In all years of the HS program students participate in the following:
Biweekly grade checks
Annual events like our camping trip, out-of-state college visits, holiday parties & senior scholarship celebrations
​Students then participate in the following programs based on their grade-level:

Year 1: 9th Grade
Build the Foundation – Students gain foundational knowledge, skills and mindsets.
Tutoring and mentoring elementary school students
Community volunteering and college access events
Interact with professions through leadership speaker sessions
Develop personal and community consciousness through leadership lessons

Year 2: 10th Grade
Empower Ownership – Students take initiative and are empowered through leadership roles.
Semester-long career internship in desired college major
Differentiated summer programming
Community volunteering and college access events

Year 3: 11th Grade
Empower Opportunity – Students are empowered to be competitive for college admissions.
Standardized ACT test prep
College mentor match
Social Justice Project
Participate in Junior Achievement/ Barclay’s Entrepreneurship program
Interact with professions through leadership speaker sessions
Develop personal and community consciousness through leadership lessons

Year 4: 12th Grade
Empower Equity – Students are accepted to four-year colleges and universities.
College application support with FASFA and college mentorship
Capstone Project
Financial literacy and scholarship awards

Services Offered: Support first generation youth to pursue higher education/leadership through high educational support, community service engagements, leadership development, and social capital supports.

Target Populations: School Aged-Children, Teens, Young Adults, Adults, LGBTQ+, Disabled, African American Populations, Hispanic/Latinx Populations, Asian Populations, Pacific Islander Populations, Native American Populations, Low Income, Immigrants, Refugees, Undocumented

Research/Focal Areas: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), Education, Environmental Justice

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