Leadership Training Institute (LTI) Program

For more information contact:

Mr. Kofi Frempong


John F. Kennedy High School’s signature program empowers students through rigorous interdisciplinary experiential learning, community service projects, and leadership theory and application.


Leadership Training Institute students will become civic-minded, self-reliant, service driven young adults.


The Leadership Training Institute will empower students through a rigorous interdisciplinary education emphasizing experiential learning, community service projects, and leadership theory and application.

Program Principles

  • LTI is founded on the pillars of participation, academics, community service, and ethics.
  • Leadership is a process, and the ability to lead effectively can be found in every person.
  • Curricula will be challenging, innovative, and inspiring.
  • Partnerships with school, community, business, and parents will support academic excellence.
  • Personal development will be nurtured and supported.

The Leadership Training Institute is open by application to all Downcounty Consortium students.

We are looking for curious independent thinkers who are excited by opportunities to learn, explore, and consistently meet challenges. There is a need for good leadership in every profession and every segment of society and we believe that each individual has the potential to be a leader.

The application process includes a self-evaluation and a written essay. Students also submit teacher and personal recommendations and counselors report student grades. An admissions committee of teachers and staff review each application for consideration and final selection.

Application Information


The LTI application for current 8th grade students is currently available through a Common MCPS Application.



Fleece blankets created and donated by LTI students to the National Center for Children and Families.


  • SSL opportunities in Montgomery County are available on the Montgomery County Volunteer Center website.

  • January 20th: SGAP Sustainability Challenge at Catholic University
    Earn 25 SSL hours for participation
    Cost: $15.00
    Permission forms available outside of the LTI room (room 3328)



Tuesday, January 3rd

LTI Dress Day: LTI t-shirts

Tuesday, January 10th

LTI Dress Day: Dress for Success

Wednesday, January 11th

LTI hours opportunity, 4-8:00 p.m.
LTI Senior Project: Glenallan Book Club Chipotle Fundraiser (earn three LTI hours for participating with picture evidence)
Wheaton Mall Location, 11160 Veirs Mill Road

Friday, January 13th

LTI Town Hall Meeting for grades 11 and 12 during 7th period in room 2238

Meeting with Cavalier Hall of Fame Inductee, Mary Elliott—POSTPONED

Tuesday, January 17th

LTI Dress Day—LTI t-shirts

Saturday, January 20th

SSL hours opportunity—SGAP Sustainability Challenge at Catholic University
See SSL OPPORTUNITIES section above for details

Tuesday, January 24th

LTI Dress Day: Dress for Success

Thursday, January 26th

Last day of Quarter 2

Special Recognition

Congratulations to the LTI Leaders of the Month for December as voted on by their LTI peers:

  • 9th grade: Rashni Katki
  • 10th grade: Kenai Sanders
  • 11th grade: Eldaah Zelalem
  • 12th grade: Jessly Medina

Congratulations to the following students who earned a 4.0 for the first quarter:

  • 9th grade: Richa Tripathi, Arhaat Saxena, Micah Resti, Rashni Katki, Philipa Bender, Johana Dominguez
  • 10th grade: Kemuella Okenkali, Giselle Tompkins, Rosemarie Sol, Sophie Shmaun, Samuel Pikofsky-Christiansen, Katherin Lim, Genesis Flores, Esther Dzinedza, Mijo De Jesus, Kayla Chin, Smriddi Basnet
  • 11th grade: Elijah Robinson
  • 12th grade: Lordslove Achu


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Creating blankets for shelter donation

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Preparing for a presentation to families

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Action Project presentation on water conservation to students at Pine Crest Elementary School

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Leaf Me a Note positive messages campaign

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Creek clean up at Bel Pre Creek

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Dialogue Circles with senior citizens

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Halloween treats to Glenallen Elementary School

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Board of Education testimony