CIT Frequently Asked Questions


What is a CIT? 

A CIT (Counselor-In-Training) is a young teenager who is partnered with Senior Counselors to lead groups of children aged 6 to 11 through their experiences with the Rice University Summer Youth Activity Program (SYAP).  On a daily basis, CITs shadow counselors and interact closely with program participants. Being a CIT is a unique experience - teens learn and grow as leaders while having fun. 


Who can be a CIT?

Any teenager aged 13 to 16 years.


What do CITs do?

CITs are partnered with college-age counselors and professional instructors and assist in planning, organizing, and leading group activities.  CITs also act as role models for younger program participants.  For more information, see the CIT program description.


Do CITs have to pay registration fees?

CIT's do not have to pay general SYAP registration fees. However, there is a $200.00 fee associated with becoming a CIT.  This is largely due to costs associated with training.


What are the benefits of becoming a CIT?

In addition to being able to partake in a wide array of SYAP activities, becoming a CIT is an excellent opportunity for teens to gain leaderships skills and practical experience. By interacting with both counselors and participants, CITs develop communication skills, build self-confidence, enhance their sense of personal responsibility, and have fun. CITs also attend a training session to become First Aid certified.


How long is the CIT program?

The program is 6 weeks long plus 2 days of training (June 13-14, 9:00 am-4:00 pm). The 2018 program runs from June 18-August 3. We will not operate the Summer Youth Activity Program during the week of July 4th, 2018.


What are the program hours?

CITs participate in program activities from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM


How many CITs are selected for the Summer Youth Activity Program?

6-8 CITs will be selected to participate. All CIT's must commit to working all 6 weeks of SYAP and 2 days of training.


What sort of training do CITs receive? 

CIT's will complete a training that prepares them for the day to day activities associated with SYAP. Each CIT will become familiar with SYAP Policies and Procedures, and will have an opportunity to be certified in First Aid.  





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