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

  • 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 2016-17 LTI application is available for download via this link. To learn more about the IB LTI pathway, visit the click here.


Kennedy students at Minority Scholars retreat
Kirsten Tildon and Amber Martinez at the Minority Scholars Retreat on February 25th.
General Information  
LTI Fundraiser: Panera Bread (Aspen Hill Shopping Center) Monday, March 13th, 6-9:00 p.m.
13521 Connecticut Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20906
LTI Retreat – Camp Letts Thursday, March 23rd through Friday, March 24th
Additional permission forms available in the LTI office
Student Service Learning Opportunities  
Special SSL opportunities are offered to former students of Argyle Middle School Contact Mr. Edgar at Argyle at 301-460-2400 for more information.
Col. E. Brooke Lee Middle School is seeking tutors for math & foreign language subjects Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 3:15-4:30 p.m.
11800 Monticello Avenue, Silver Spring, MD
Kennedy Cluster Family Markets (monthly) Family Market dates are available on the JFK calendar.
Contact Ms. Lewis for more information or to sign up.
Montgomery Parks www.ParksVolunteers.org


Congratulations to our leaders for the month of February!

  • 9th Grade: Kirsten Razafindramiandra and Bemnet Fekre
  • 10th Grade: Kelsey Folley
  • 11th Grade: Diego Rodriguez
  • 12th Grade: Amari Smith

And congratulations as well to our straight-A students for the second marking period!

  • 9th Grade: Brook Fikre, Daphne Ranti
  • 10th Grade: Charleen Anani, Kelsey Folley, Rony Garcia-Vivas, Dina Negash, Samrat Pathak, Safiya Suliman, Alan Zhang
  • 11th Grade: Clark Abbott, Andrea Chiarelli, Andrea Deyto, Vanessa Lin, Mahelet Mesfin, Johaness Osorio
  • 12th Grade: Yesenia Henriquez-Zepada, Delmy Perez, Jennifer Pineda, Amari Smith, Kulthum Traore

Great job upholding the 4 pillars!

Special congratulations to the following students for their extraordinary accomplishments:

  • 11th grader Taylor Johnson who presented at the annual Minority Scholars Program Retreat. Her workshop focused on “The Future”.
  • 11th graders Mahelet Mesfin and Andrea Deyto, who both participated in the Patriot’s Biomedical Competition. Mahelet’s group dealt with the heart valve. Andrea’s group focused on a bionic eye. Their teams placed first and second respectively in the competition.


Dress Days

  • Tuesday, March 7th: Wear your LTI t-shirts
  • Tuesday, March 14th: Dress for Success
  • Tuesday, March 21st: Wear your LTI t-shirts
  • Tuesday, March 28th: Dress for Success