Youth Leadership Long Beach –
Environmental Youth Leadership Program
Environmental Sustainability Focus
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 20th 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.
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
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 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’.
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.
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