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.   This will be the 22nd 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.


We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for our Youth Leadership Long Beach Class of 2021.


Please review the application timeline below: Application Deadline November 13th Interviews – November 30th – December 4th Acceptance letters sent out – December 11   Interested in applying? click the link below. You will need to answer a few questions, and write two essays. You will also need the contact information of an adult leader that can fill out the reference form and send it separately to on or before the deadline.


Click here to download the reference form


YLLB 2020 Environmental Leadership sponsors

Program Goals

Leadership Development

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

Principled Leadership

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

Community Connections

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

Community Trustees

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 2020

Jane Acuff, Poly High School Ariana Badgett, iLead Hybrid Chloe Bricker, Poly High School Kourtney Brown, Poly High School Summer Campos, McBride High School Ashley Celada, Millikan High School Metztli Cervantes, McBride High School Sion Charles, Wilson High School Dylan Choppin, Wilson High School Itzel Corrales, CA Academy of Math & Science Joshua De Leon, St. Anthony High School Madelyn Diaz, Wilson High School Kaisa Faleono, Jordan High School Trisha Ferrer, St. Anthony High School Corrinne Hoban, Millikan High School Jeremy Jackson, CA Academy of Math & Science

Janet Lim, St. Anthony High School Alexander Lopez, St. Anthony High School Leila Martinez, Lakewood High School Jennifer Morales, Lakewood High School Amier Morris, McBride High School Bailey Nantais, Wilson High School Lauren Phillips, Millikan High School Bianca Porciuncula, St. Anthony High School Sydney Powell, Millikan High School Mia Rivera, Millikan High School Jakarta Robinson, Poly High School Madeline Salvador, St. Pius X St. Matthias School Gabriel Sanders, Wilson High School Hamid Torabzadeh, Poly High School Satyamuny Weir, 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