Youth Leadership Program

Youth Leadership Long Beach –
Environmental Youth Leadership Program

Environmental Sustainability Focus

Youth Leadership Long Beach is a unique opportunity for 30+ high school students to join with emerging youth leaders from across Long Beach to experience an environmentally focused community leadership program.


The 2019-20 program is a partnership of Leadership Long Beach, the Aquarium of the Pacific, the Port of Long Beach, Southern California Edison, the City of Long Beach and other community partner organizations. This will be the 21st class of Youth Leadership Long Beach – to date more than 500 youth have graduated from this program ready to make a positive difference in their communities.

YLLB 2019 Environmental Leadership sponsors

Program Goals


Develop and inspire youth who will take on leadership roles in their schools and their communities to help create positive change in Long Beach


Create a foundation of leadership based on a set of principles such as integrity, respect, courage, commitment, teamwork and service


Connect youth to community organizations and a diverse group of city leaders who are working together to improve our community


Empower youth to serve as community trustees by educating and inspiring them about issues important to the future and sustainability of Long Beach

What We Stand For

The Youth Leadership Long Beach motto is “discover the leader within.”  The youth are challenged to step out of their comfort zones to grow, embrace the diversity of their community, and to create friendships and connections outside their regular school and family circles. The goal is to empower students to build an awareness of the community in which they live, connect them with their youth peers from across the city and be inspired to work together to make Long Beach better.

The Program

Program Topics

The overall program is built on a foundation of principled leadership centered around the core leadership principles: integrity, ethics, accountability, respect, commitment, courage, trusteeship, congruence, compassion, vision, values, personal responsibility and service.  Youth will explore and define these principles, experience the principles in a team setting, meet and connect with community leaders who embody these principles and then apply them through service to the community.


The topics of the curriculum will focus on issues related to environmental sustainability, including sessions on ‘Youth Empowerment’, ‘The Nature of Science’, ‘Living Sustainably’, ‘Global Environmental Issues’ and ‘Communicating through Storytelling’.

Program Schedule

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


Class sessions will be held at community sites across Long Beach, including the Port of Long Beach, Aquarium of the Pacific, City Hall, Long Beach Airport and more.

Youth Leadership Long Beach Class of 2019

Joseph Belen, St. Anthony High School

Dylan Bernstein, Wilson High School

Phuong Bui, Lakewood High School

America Calvario, Jordan High School

John Cevallos, Poly High School

Jordan Chalmers, Lakewood High School

Maya Chaney, Poly High School

Damian Duran, McBride High School

Mohamed Dwaik, Poly High School

Natalie Gath, St. Anthony High School

Alfonso Gonzalez, Jordan High School

Iliana Gonzalez, Jordan High School

Emily Hardesty, Poly High School

Sarah Haugh, Millikan High School

Gech Horng Huy, CA Academy of Math & Science

Hanna Jaynes, Los Alamitos High School

Eliana Jimenez, Poly High School

Jocelyn Kaveney, St. Anthony High School


Kim Len Lim, Poly High School

Giovanni Longino, McBride High School

Malia Michelsen, Poly High School

Tatiana Navarrette, McBride High School

Jolie Reeder, McBride High School

Daryn Rockett, Poly High School

Luis Rojas, Wilson High School

Trisha Sanchez, Millikan High School

Esmeralda Sandoval, Millikan High School

Nayeli Santa Cruz, St. Anthony High School

Daniel Schettini, Millikan High School

Yulene Teagle-Alarcon, Millikan High School

Jenna Tom, Wilson High School

Cheyenne Valderrama, CA Academy of Math & Science

Myles Ware, Millikan High School

Peyton Watson, Poly High School

Amaya Wingfield, Wilson High School

Project Timeline

2014 Community Service Project Day

During the February session with Habitat for Humanity, the 2014 Youth Leadership Long Beach class me... Read more

RoboBowl 3

For the third year in a row, Leadership Long Beach has partnered with Long Beach Unified School Dist... Read more

RoboBowl 4

For the fourth consecutive year, Leadership Long Beach has partnered with Long Beach Unified School ... Read more

Youth LLB 2017 - City Hall Day

The Youth Leadership Long Beach Class of 2017 spent a full day at the Long Beach City Hall on Friday Read more

Youth LLB 2017 - Community Partner Day: Port of Long Beach

Youth Leadership Long Beach Class of 2017 spent Friday, March 17th at the offices of the Port of Lon Read more

RoboBowl V

On Saturday, April 29, Youth Leadership Long Beach Class of 2017 coordinated RoboBowl V, the fifth a Read more

2017 Youth Leadership Long Beach Graduation

The 36 high school students in this year's Youth Leadership Long Beach program completed their 8-mon Read more

YLLB 2018 Class

The Youth Leadership Long Beach Class of 2018 has 34 high school students ready to begin their 8-mon Read more

YLLB 2018 - Government & Public Service Day

The Youth Leadership Long Beach Class of 2018 spent a full day at the Long Beach City Hall on Friday Read more

LLB at 2018 CSULB Basketball Game

Nearly 100 people supported the fundraising event for Youth Leadership Long Beach by purchasing tick Read more

2018 YLLB Graduation

Youth Leadership Long Beach Class of 2018 completed their program year with their graduation ceremon Read more