What He Does
Amobi leads CHLDC’s Counselors-in-Training (CIT), a program in which 9th and 10th graders develop leadership skills by tutoring young children and helping them build their academic skills across subjects.
After-school programs have enriched Amobi’s life since he was 12, when he began attending a Beacon community center program in Queens, where he grew up. He began coordinating the CIT cohort at JHS 302 in 2012.
The CIT Program
Amobi recruits and trains high school students to serve as CITs and tutor young children in CHLDC’s after-school or summer camp programs. The CITs, who receive a small stipend, work four days a week. They are assigned to work with individual children and groups of K-2 students. The children have been identified by teachers as struggling with reading, and CITs are responsible for developing lesson and activity plans to improve the students’ literacy skills. As the CITs bond as a group by working together on lesson plans and sharing with each other their successes and challenges in the classroom, they mature into leaders with the skills for future success. After serving as CITs, most teenagers in the program then gain employment in one of CHLDC’s after-school programs.
What You Should Know About CIT
“The CITs support each other out of love–not because I tell them to work together. They go above and beyond by volunteering in the community because they are motivated to give back.”
Favorite Part of the Job
“The graduation ceremony for the CITs is the best part. We wrap up the whole year and celebrate the CITs’ hard work. Everyone is emotional because of the bonds they have formed through the program.”
CIT is part of our Ladders of Leadership program. We gratefully acknowledges the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development and the Pinkerton Foundation for their continued support of the program.