YLLB Application 2020


Youth Leadership Long Beach applicants should review the following information below before selecting the button below to BEGIN THE APPLICATION PROCESS.

Review each column to insure that you do not have any conflicts/commitments to the schedule below;


you have reviewed the essay questions and will be prepared to write a concise response to TWO of the questions;

you are ready to supply the name and email address of the individual who will be providing a reference for your application to Youth Leadership Long Beach.


Program Dates

The seven-month program requires a substantial commitment starting with an Orientation in October and monthly full-day session running through April.  The program begins with a weekend leadership retreat, followed by monthly class curriculum sessions, closing with a possible project on Catalina Island.  Class sessions are typically held on Saturdays from 9 am to 4 pm; however, one or two session will take place on a Friday during school hours.  In addition to class time, youth will need to spend some time outside time working on their class community service project and they will have numerous opportunities to volunteer at events throughout Long Beach.

Essay Questions

Please respond to TWO of the following seven questions.

1. Choose one significant experience that has shaped your life.  What was the experience?  How has it shaped your life?

2. Give an example of a time when you have been challenged to step out of your comfort zone.  How did you deal with the situation?  What did you learn?  What would you have done differently?

3. Describe the most important leadership role you have had, either in your school and/or in your community service?  Describe the nature of the activity and how you became a leader.  What did you learn as a leader?

4. What is an important environmental issue facing our world today?  What experiences or beliefs have helped you to form this opinion?  What actions have you taken, or would you take, to effect this issue in Long Beach?

5. What kind of club, program or initiative would you like to start at your high school or neighborhood that would address a community need or issue (local, national or international)?  What is your vision?  What action steps would you take to bring this vision to life?  How would you insure that their new venture would have a long-lasting impact and be sustainable?

6. What is it about Youth Leadership Long Beach that interests you?  Imagine yourself after Youth Leadership Long Beach.  How will you be different?  Imagine your future.  How will it be different?  Imagine your involvement with your community (sports teams, school clubs, community organizations, etc.).  How will that be different?

7. Describe how your heritage, family upbringing, and/or any role models have influences on your academic and personal goals.

YLLB Recommendations

Youth applicants should direct individuals who are providing a reference for them to click the button above and submit the information through the online form by the application deadline date, July 8.

If you have any questions, please call the Leadership Long Beach offices at (562) 997-9194 or email youthllb@leadershiplb.org.