The goal of the Counselor-In-Training (CIT) program is to prepare young teenagers (aged 13-16) for the leadership and responsibility associated with being a counselor. Throughout the summer, CITs will be assigned to specific SYAP groups, and will have the opportunity to interact daily with counselors, instructors and children. In addition, each CIT will be partnered with a bright and charismatic college-aged mentor who will work with your teen on skills such as problem solving, effective communication, leadership and teamwork. Being a CIT is unique experience where teenagers learn valuable skills in a dynamic and fun environment. 

Application Process

In order to be considered for the CIT program, individuals must complete an application and submit two forms of reference. Once all materials are received, applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview. Please note, not everyone who applies is selected. This year, only 6-8 CITs will be invited to work for SYAP.

All forms are attached below:  

•  2016 CIT Application 

Teacher Reference Form

• Personal Reference Form  




All applications should be submitted to:  

Dr. Elizabeth Slator

Gibbs Recreation Center

6100 Main Street-MS 523

Houston, TX 77005 | 713.348.4078

For applicants who wish to drop off their application, Dr. Slator’s office is located on the 2nd floor of the Recreation Center Administration Building.

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