How to Apply:

Registration opens Friday, February 16!
Register HERE!

*Teens will be selected based on the following criteria: affiliation with the Athenian School (current students will be prioritized) and diversity and inclusion (we want a robust group of students with varying identities!)

*Items that will not affect the selection process are as follows: order in which and/or time that you apply, offering funds, or lack of funds. 

*Applications can be submitted at any time before May 1st, 2024 and spots to register for Queer Counselors In Training (Q.CIT) Summer 2024 are first-come-first serve.

*If all registration spots have been filled, you may still register using the link above, but will be placed on a waitlist; waitlisted applicants will be notified if they are moved to an available spot by May 15th, 2024 via email. 

Please Note: Offering funds or lack of funds does not affect your ability to register for Q.CIT (pay-what-you-can or free!). You will receive an email after you fill out the registration form to notify you that we have received your registration with a copy of your responses.


List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • Who would be a great Queer Counselor in Training?

    Rising 8th through 10th graders (current 7th-9th graders)* who identify as part of or are allies to the LGBTQIA+ Community! 

    All individuals are encouraged to apply, regardless of affinity, identity, or experience!

    No background or experience required - we welcome teens to come as they are and to be open to learn, grow, build relationships, and stretch their comfort zones. Whether learning to express and own their identities in creative ways, understanding their role as allies and advocates for the LGBTQIA+ community, and/or learning about queer history for the first time, opportunities for a sense of belonging will inspire newfound confidence and the discovery of new passions all while building skills of advocacy and leadership.
  • Where do campers sleep and what does that look like for attendees?

    The Q.CIT will have genderless dorm housing and bathrooms, and adult LGBTQIA+ staff as mentors and teachers. Dormitories have single rooms with one camper per room, as well as private bathrooms that campers use one-at-a-time.

    We will provide more detailed information regarding dormitory living to accepted students and their families.
  • How much will it cost to attend QCIT?

    • True sliding scale (pay what you can) or free!
    • Cost per teen covered by Athenian: $2,000
    *All room, board, meals, activities, and transportation will be provided during the 9 day experience.
  • How are meals handled on the school's campus?

    Meals are provided by our school’s kitchen staff, and food allergies and restrictions are carefully planned for. We will provide more information regarding dormitory living to accepted families.
  • Who should I contact with any further questions?

    Please contact Co-Director Britt [they/them] ( and/or Co-Director Anthony [he/him] ( with any specific questions or concerns. We are always happy to help!
  • Will I be able to contact my young person while they are engaging in QCIT?

    • Yes! Personal devices are allowed and we will have opportunities to call/contact home

    • We also have a letters from home program, where parents drop off a letter at the start of camp which we will “send” to Q.CITs  throughout their overnight experience

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Odalis De La O Cortes

    Odalis De La O Cortes 

    Program Manager, Summer Programs and After School Enrichment
  • Photo of Jacqueline Soohoo

    Jacqueline Soohoo 

    Director of Summer Programs & After-School Enrichment and Admission Associate