The Counselor In Training (C.I.T.) program is a workforce development and college preparation program for Baltimore high school students, run by the DSC through fundraising efforts.
2022 Program begins June 27
The C.I.T. Program is a way for our sailing community to help change people's lives for the better through sailing. In many ways, our C.I.T.s (and graduates of the program) give back to the DSC more than we can ever give them. C.I.T. graduates who stay on with our programs have consistently proven themselves at the top levels of our summer programming. C.I.T. graduates have become head instructors, out-of-school time coaches, and adult instructors; graduates have even had a profound influence on the DSC curriculum and pedagogy.
Our long term partners for youth recommendations have included the Bridges Program at St. Paul's School and two local high schools, Digital Harbor and Cristo Rey, but we have worked with great partners including Boys Hope Girls Hope, Kids Safe Zone, Safe Alternative, and OpenWorks Baltimore.
Throughout the course of a summer, trainees have learned sailing, leadership, and coaching skills in addition to receiving financial literacy and getting paid. They have improved their teamwork through team building events and have culminated their experience with a capstone project, including an overnight sailing adventure, and recording their own sailing song . After graduating the C.I.T. program, these young adults have become mentors and role models to the younger youth through the various Community, STEM, and Junior Programs.
This intensive summer job program may include (based on the length of the program, and level of C.I.T. commitment):
- American Red Cross First Aid and CPR Certification
- MD Safe Boater and US Powerboating Safe Powerboat Handling Certification
- US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification
- Public speaking application
- Coaching practice and application
- Teaching theory and application, including disabilities awareness training
The goals of the program are two-fold:
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