ILSC’s Leader in Training Program is a leadership development program for enthusiastic youth aged 17–21 who want to become junior leaders. Participants will shadow current Junior Program staff as they lead a variety of extracurricular activities. The 7 – 9 week program contains one week of counseling and leadership skills, and training on activities. LITs will receive ongoing evaluations and guidance throughout the program.

  • Combine English language classes with exciting afternoon and weekend activities
  • Learn counseling and leadership skills, how to plan and organize dynamic activities, and more with a week of morning in-class training
  • Apply your new skills as you shadow ILSC activities leaders on dynamic activities

What You’ll Learn

Week 1: 

Monday to Friday

  • 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM: Leadership Training and program preparation
  • 1:20 PM – 4:00 PM: Shadowing ILSC activities leaders

Topics covered in Leadership Training include:

  • Communication styles
  • Motivating others
  • Building meaningful working relationships
  • Time management and working under pressure
  • Decision making
  • Being attentive/responding to various needs
  • Creating positive group dynamics
  • Building trust
  • Understanding group dynamics
  • Organizing activities
  • Ensuring safety

Weeks 2-9: 

Monday to Friday

  • 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM: ESL classes
  • 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM: Lunch with students & meeting with the counselors
  • 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM: Shadowing ILSC activities leaders


  • 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM: Full-day field tripshadowing ILSC activities leaders

In weeks 2–9, Leaders in Training will put their newly-learned leadership skills to the test by shadowing an experienced senior counselor and supporting with junoir program activities and adventure.

At the end of the Leaders in Training Program, LIT participants will receive:

  • A Certificate of Completion and levels for ESL
  • A Certificate of “Leadership Training”
  • A performance report from an experienced senior counselor
Program Type
Location Available San Francisco
Total Program Length
7-9 weeks (1 week of counseling/leadership training followed by 6-8 weeks of Morning English classes, and Afternoon activities, shadowing ILSC activities leaders).

Classes: 9:00 am – 12:30 pm, Mon-Fri
Activities: 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm, Mon-Fri; & 8:00 am – 6:00 pm, Sat

Start Dates

Jun 19, 2016 (End date: Aug 6, Aug 13, or Aug 20)

Language Levels B1 B2 B3 B4 I1 I2 I3 I4 A1 A2

Applicants for the Leader in Training Program are chosen through a selection process, and must submit a program application outlining their interest in the program. Contact ILSC-San Francisco for more details.