Main Idea

Teen Summer Leadership Program

Goal: To develop leadership in qualified teenagers and train them to become effective Program Staff at Main IDEA.

Qualifications:  The Main IDEA Teen Leadership Program consists of youth ages 13–17 who display a strong potential for leadership. Teens participating in this program are placed in one of two roles: “Counselors-in-Training” (CIT’s) and “Teacher’s Assistants” (TA’s). All applicants must be able to commit all days of the program, as well as attend Staff Training. CIT’s and TA’s do not need to have had previous experience in the arts or as a student/CIT/TA with Main IDEA.

Approach: During the week, CIT’s and TA’s will…

  • Participate in arts classes, activities and team meetings

  • Meet with their Supervisor each day to debrief

  • Shadow a Counselor or Teacher throughout the week

  • Assist their Counselor/Teacher with the responsibilities of their team

  • Complete an evaluation during the course of the program

Role: CIT’s and TA’s aim to learn about Main IDEA’s program and philosophy, and how to effectively lead on team. CIT’s and TA’s will have less responsibilities than adult staff members, though they will participate in many of the same activities and responsibilities; emphasis will be placed on leadership training and development. TA’s in particular may request to assist their Teachers one of the following arts classes: Visual Art, Dance, Music, Drama, and Creative Writing. CIT’s will assist their Counselors throughout all the arts classes listed above.

Overview: CIT’s and TA’s must be available for the duration of the program and are expected to participate in all activities and outdoor breaks. Complimentary lunch is also provided for all CIT’s and TA’s throughout the week.

Meetings and Responsibilities: CIT’s and TA’s attend all Program Staff Meetings, as well as meetings/team-building with their Supervisor. CIT’s and TA’s are expected to participate fully in all Program Activities, and to assist their counselor as needed.

All APPLICANTS MUST ALSO SUBMIT the following forms (mailed to: Main IDEA, 9 Irving Street, Worcester, MA, 01609):

  1. Signed Policy Form

  2. Reference Form