Leader In Training Program

LIT Summer 2024 banner with student in volunteer shirt

What is it?

  • Engages high school students (finished grade 9 or higher as of July 2024) that have interest in volunteer experience with Engineering Science Quest
  • Builds leadership skills through group problem solving, insight into our program development and delivery, and first-hand experience working with children
  • Includes attending one mandatory training session (Saturday June 29th OR Saturday July 20th) and volunteer placement in an ESQ camp! 
  • Placement week is valid for completing volunteer service hours (approx. 40 hours)
  • Option to sign up for multiple placement weeks if interested

*This program runs in-person and is not an overnight program. Overnight accommodations can be booked separately and links will be sent to accepted applicants for next steps.

2024 Details

  • Application-based program; students must apply and be accepted into the program before registering
  • Applications open December 21st and will remain open until February 23rd
  • All applicants will be informed if they have been accepted into the program by April 26th
  • Registration fee (2024 fee is $70+HST); Includes one participant T-shirt. *Bursary applications are available
  • Registration fee is due only upon acceptance into the program
  • Placement week(s) available in July and August 2024*; selected after you receive your acceptance (you will receive more details through an acceptance email) *Placements must take place after you have completed a training session
  • This program is not an overnight program; overnight accommodations are optional and can be booked separately through an on-campus residence partner; Details will be sent to accepted applicants


Applications must include:

  • ESQ LIT Application Form
  • Personal Interest Application

The Personal Interest Application is a creative way to express your interest in this program. You can be as creative as you like with it. Video, audio, artwork, a poem, letter... the format is up to you! Make sure to tell us about:

  • Yourself and your interest in science, engineering, leadership and beyond
  • What you think the skills of a good leader are?
  • An idea for an activity you'd like to teach to other participants your age.

Maximum size: approx. 1 sheet of paper or 2 minutes of media. Submissions exceeding this will not be evaluated beyond the noted limits (i.e. if you submit a 10 minute video, we will only evaluate the first 2 minutes)

2024 applications are now closed. 

Cancellation and Switching Policy

Cancellation Fees

For all paid program cancellation requests, a processing fee will be applied to refunds. Please see below for timelines and the associated fees:

Cancellation Request Date Fee Applied
After your registration is confirmed $25
Within 3 weeks of the program start date $50
Within 1 week of the program start date Full program cost, no refund issued

Switching Programs

Switching programs can be accommodated through an email request provided there is space available in your requested program. Please note, there may be a difference in program prices depending on program and date. Please see below for timelines and the associated fees:

Switch Request Date Fee Applied
After your registration is confirmed Free
Within 3 weeks of the program start date $50
Within 1 week of the program start date Unable to switch registrations

Payment options

Engineering Outreach accepts payment via Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard or AMEX) or Debit (Visa Debit or Debit MasterCard)

We do not accept cash or cheque payment.

Credit Card and debit payment must be made through our online registration system, we are not able to process payment on the phone or in person. 

Payment due on registration