counselor-in-training (cit) program


Arts Together is happy to announce plans to once again offer our popular Counselor-in-Training Program. This program, designed for ages 14-16 years, provides teenagers a valuable opportunity to develop leadership and communication skills, while remaining part of an exciting summer camp environment. Appropriate for both Arts Together alumnae and fresh new faces, the Counselor-in-Training Program is perfect for teens who love the arts and working with children.


Applicants must be (at least) entering 8th grade by the coming fall and should have some experience working with children. We are looking for individuals who possess leadership qualities, and who are enthusiastic and motivated. Volunteers must have a sincere passion for working with children and adults.


As a community school for the arts, Arts Together is committed to the creative and collaborative cultivation of individuals. The Counselor-in-Training Program serves two great needs within our community:

  1. To provide leadership and communication training for teens through volunteer experience and mentorship, with the aim of cultivating character, self-confidence, and valuable career skills.
  2. To present positive teenage role models to young children attending Arts Together, role models who not only have shared interests in areas of the arts, but who are also concerned with a child's development.


By designing the Counselor-in-Training Program curriculum to suit the needs and interests of its participants, Arts Together affords all CITs opportunities to:

  1. Gain valuable work experience with the aid of a mentor in a nurturing environment.
  2. Develop and practice new social and career skills, including:
  3. Making professional introductions with eye contact and a confident smile.
  4. Greeting others with firm handshake.  
  5. Observing professional educators and learning activities while practicing classroom management skills.
  6. Developing responsible work behaviors, such as exhibiting a positive attitude, practicing punctuality, and professionally communicating with supervisors, peers, and children.
  7. Operating as a member of a team to reach shared goals.
  8. Explore future career possibilities in the arts and education.
  9. Learn to work as a team to reach shared community goals.
  10. Expand leadership skills for the future. 
  11. Build self-confidence and character as a valuable member of the Arts Together community. 
  12. Have fun helping kids and participating in camp activities. 
  13. Meet new friends and mentors.


See application posted below. 

Art Together's CIT Program Coordinator, Jessi Tilden will call for a follow-up interview if the applicant is a good fit for the program. Applicants must be able to commit to three mandatory afternoon trainings on May 30th, 31st and June 1st. 

Counselor-In-Training Application

Thank you for your interest in Arts Together's CIT Program! Please fill out the application below no later than March 31st. 

  • We recommend that you type your answers in a separate word document or on the pdf version provided above before submitting so that you will have a record of your application.
  • You will not be able to revisit this application once it has been submitted.
  • Additionally, your application will not be considered complete until you have submitted two letters of recommendation regarding your character, personality and qualifications. These letters should be sealed by the author and addressed to Jessi Tilden at: 114 Saint Mary's Street, Raleigh, NC 27605
  • For questions, please contact Jessi Tilden at
Name *
Address *
Phone *
Are you able to make a two-week commitment? *
Weeks Available *
(Please check ALL that apply)
Please check the camp you are most interested in: *
Arts Together is offering three camps this summer: Multi-Arts Mornings: (Arts Together location, ages 3-5, 9:15am-12:15pm); Summer Sampler (Arts Together location, ages 6-8, 9am-12:30pm, 1-4:30pm); Summer Sparks Juniors & Seniors (Raleigh Charter location, ages 6-8 and 9-12, 9am-12:30pm & 1-4:30pm)
Below, please provide the name, position, address and telephone number of your two references: (References should not include family members.) Your application will not be considered complete until you have submitted two letters of recommendation regarding your character, personality and qualifications. These letters should be sealed by author.