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 2017-18 LTI application is available for download the 2017 LTI Application Packet. To learn more about the IB LTI pathway, visit the click here.


9th Grade LTI Student Blanket Project
Ninth Grade students creating fleece blankets for donation to local shelter
General Information  
LTI students can earn an LTI hour by taking a picture wearing a holiday sweater and emailing it to Mr. Frempong!
Ninth grade LTI students are currently holding a coat-and-shoe drive to support the homeless community. All donations will be donated to Shepherd’s Table. Items will be collected from December 1-20, and may be brought to the LTI office (rm 122).
Please click here for more information.
Student Service Learning Opportunities
Assisting with Christmas Tree Sales, December 1-24
Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad, 2400 Arcola Avenue
Contact: Mr. Roger Marks, 301-949-4044
Weeknights: 3-8:00 p.m.
Weekends: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
JFK Athletes Progress Through Tutoring (after school tutoring of student athletes) – JUNIORS & SENIORS ONLY Contact: Mr. Kevin Joseph, room 255
Mondays through Wednesdays, December 11 through May 23
2:35-4:05 p.m.
December Family Market – Saturday, December 16
7:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon
JFK cafeteria
Contact: Ms. Keir Lewis (Assistant Principal)  
Volunteers needed to assist with Saturday School Saturdays 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
See Mr. Frempong for more details
Montgomery Parks www.ParksVolunteers.org


Congratulations to our Leaders of the Month for November!

  • 9th Grade: Feven Shonga
  • 10th Grade: Brook Fikre
  • 11th Grade: Angie Salguero-Archila
  • 12th Grade: Mariah De Paula

Special congratulations to senior Claire Awtrey who was awarded a Merit Scholarship and to junior Tim Catindig who was a finalist in Councilmember Craig Rice’s “Councilman for a Day” Challenge!


Special academic honors

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

  • 9th Grade: Francesca Gasasira, Emmanuela Obia-Amauwa, Jacqueline Oviedo, Feven Shonga, Djenebou Traore, Maria Youssef, Tina Zhang
  • 10th Grade: Bemnet Fekre, Brook Fikre, Daphne Ranti
  • 11th Grade: Anna Brobbey-Mensah, Kelsey Folley, Christopher Herrera, KC Nicole Reyes, Safiya Suliman, Natalie Vasconez, Alan Zhang
  • 12th Grade: Clark Abbott, Charleen Anani, Nicole Chavarria, Andrea Deyto, Isabella Hinrichs, Taylor Johnson, Vanessa Lin, Mahelet Mesfin


Dress Days

  • December 12th: Dress for Success
  • December 19th: Wear your LTI t-shirt