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 Materials

The LTI application will be available through a Common MCPS Application. The High School Common Application will be available on or about Friday, October 4, 2019. Current MCPS students must access the online application through either the MyMCPS student or parent portal, using their MCPS Google account. Private and home-schooled students should check back in early October for updates, however, must secure an MCPS Student ID in order to submit an application and assess for the program. MCPS Student ID must obtained from your neighborhood middle school. To find your neighborhood middle school use the MCPS School Assignment Tool.

To learn more about the IB LTI pathway, visit the click here.

LTI Senior Projects

Lend A Hand: Raising awareness and support for the International Rescue Committee
Click here for the GoFundMe site for this project

Dorian Aid Team: Raising money to support victims of Hurricane Dorian, which struck the Bahamas in August

From Me To You: Raising money and supplies for National Center for Children and Families
Click here for the GoFundMe site for this project

Humane Rescue 5: Raising awareness and support for animal adoption through the Montgomery County Humane Society
Click here for the GoFundMe site for this project

Bleed Pink: Raising awareness and support for the American Breast Cancer Foundation
Click here for the GoFundMe site for this project


Members of LTI, NJROTC, Marching Band, and Medical Careers before the start of the Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade.
General Information
Upcoming Events
LTI Senior Town Hall Meeting Thursday, December 5th, during 8th period
Room 147
LTI Junior Town Hall Meeting Friday, December 13th, during 7th period
Media Center
Student Service Learning Opportunities
Volunteers needed to assist with Christmas tree sales with the Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad
2400 Arcola Avenue, Silver Spring, MD
3-8:00 p.m. weeknights
10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. weekends
Volunteers needed to be the Kennedy Cavalier mascot at sporting events! See the Athletic Director, Ms. Amanda Twele
Volunteers needed to assist with concession sales during Kennedy sporting events See the Athletic Director, Ms. Amanda Twele
Montgomery Parks www.ParksVolunteers.org
Rock Creek Conservancy Contact: John Maleri, (301) 579-3105 or jmaleri@rockcreekconservancy.org  

Leaders of the Month

Students are nominated and chosen within each grade level for this honor. Selected students best represented the pillars of participation, academics, service, and ethics. November student leaders are:

9th Grade: Grace Nangueri
10th Grade: Ariela Calderon Guamangallo
11th Grade: Idalia Palacios
12th Grade: Yanelee Felicien

Dress Days

LTI Dress DaysThe dress days for December are as follows:

December 3rd: LTI shirts
December 10th: Dress for Success
December 17th: LTI shirts

Special Acknowledgements

Congratulations to the following students for earning Straight As for the first quarter:

Rebekah Alemayehu
Hannah Boaz
Kuds Desta
Brook Fikre
Fatmata Jalloh
Kristal Maimo-Fokum
Baria Mustafa
Kai Reth
Rosie Then

John Joshua Arukwe
Christie Cao
Lily Eagle
Shamara Fofana
Hewan Kidanemariam
Roukyathou Mama-Sambo
Mbange Palle
Feven Shonga
Dienebou Traore

Sophia Averion
Delmy mendoza Cruz
Yanelee Felicien
Meher Hemnani
Xunashy Lopez-Matuz
Jonathan Mejia
Daphne Ranti
Awad Tambal
Tina Zhang