We strongly believe that ANYONE can benefit from participating in LMTI programs. However, we do have a few tips for selecting students and the adults who will be working with them:

High School Students Who…

have completed at least their Freshman year;
are proud to be or are willing to become alcohol, tobacco, and other drug free;
are motivated to give service to their community and/or school and to do the hard work necessary to make a difference in the use and abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs;
have displayed or have the potential to develop leadership skills but may have been passed over for leadership roles in the past;
have good listening skills and will respect others and their opinions;
will reach out to people while still taking good care of themselves;
are likely to earn the trust of peers, parents, and administrators; and
represent the diversity (race, ethnicity, religion, gender, peer group, etc.) of their school or community.

Adults Who…

are able to stay for the duration of the conference and will work with students during the school year;
like and are willing to listen to and learn from teenagers;
are willing to enthusiastically join activities with high school students while setting appropriate limits with them;
are likely to earn the trust of students, parents, peers, and administrators;
are willing to offer the credit for accomplishments to high school students;
work easily and cooperatively with students and other adult volunteers;
will actively participate in any LMTI staff trainings, the entire conference, and supplemental activities;
look for the good in all high school students;
are healthy role models for high school students; and
are alcohol, tobacco, and other drug free while at LMTI events.