This month, the Salmon Bay Boys & Girls Club began the third year of their youth leadership and work preparedness program for 4th and 5th graders, the Pre-Counselor in Training (or Pre-C.I.T.) program. This program nurtures leadership and independence among the 4th and 5th graders as they apply for the job, go through Pre-C.I.T. orientation, and help out with the kindergartners alongside the counselors.
Fourth and fifth graders help plan and run activities, facilitate read-alouds, help with chores, and act as role models for the younger Club members.
Pre-C.I.T. Lila (right) teaching kindergartners how to play checkers.
Pre-C.I.T. Sydney (right) reading aloud to a group of kindergartners during quiet reading time.
Pre-C.I.T. Amara (right) helping kindergartner Fiona make a bracelet.
The Pre-C.I.T. program is a year-long program that the 4th and 5th graders may apply to at any point in the school year. They log their volunteer hours, wear an official Pre-C.I.T. t-shirt and personalized name badge, and sign up themselves for work shifts.
The participation rate for this program has tripled since its first year in 2016!