leadership programs

Leadership Long Beach Institute

The 100+ hour Leadership Long Beach Institute program is offered annually from August through June. The program provides principled leadership development class sessions that emphasize integrity, vision, personal responsibility, commitment, and community trusteeship.

Institute Sponsors


Who should participate?

The Leadership Long Beach Institute is open to any adult who lives or works in the City of Long Beach. Through experiential learning and in-depth discussions, participants increase their knowledge of Long Beach and the surrounding communities.

How will I benefit from participating?

The program explores current issues with key individuals and stakeholders, gaining knowledge and data to be able to make informed decisions going forward in their public, private, and nonprofit careers. The program will provide for numerous opportunities to build connections and access a network of professionals and city leaders that would normally take years to cultivate.

What topics are covered during the year?
Our program is designed to stay ahead of the dynamic needs of Long Beach. A key focus is on Principled Leadership, ensuring that our participants gain knowledge and skills that can be used to benefit our community.Our monthly sessions feature presentations and discussions with local Long Beach leaders, providing valuable insights and real-world perspectives. Attendees also gain access to a network of information resources, enhancing their learning and professional growth.Program Dates and Topics:Below are the dates for the upcoming program – beginning in August 2024. A full commitment of participation is expected, including required attendance at the Orientation (8/5/24), the Pre-Retreat class (8/19/24), the Retreat (9/11/24-9/14/24), MLK Day of Service (1/20/25), and Group Project Planning (1/27/25). Please note: that the dates and topics are subject to change or cancellation. The program director will notify participants as soon as possible in the event of any changes.
  • August 5, 2024 * Orientation
  • August 19, 2024 * Pre-retreat Day

  • September 11-14, 2024 * Leadership Retreat at Camp Oakes

  • October 7, 2024: Class Day – Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging 
  • November 4, 2024: Class Day – Non-Profits and Philanthropy 
  • December 2, 2024: Class Day – Business and Green Technology 
  • January 20, 2025 * MLK Day of Service
  • January 27, 2025 * Group Project Planning Session: Half Day
  • February 3, 2025: Class Day – Government Day
  • March 3, 2025: Class Day – Public Health and Community Safety
  • April 7, 2025: Class Day – Arts and Culture 
  • May 5, 2025: Class Day – Creating Life-Long Community Learners
  • May 5-31, 2025: Group Project(s)
  • June 2, 2025: Last Day/Graduation
* A REQUIRED session is necessary for program participation and completion.
What is the program schedule?

Applications open: May 28, 2024

Interviews: June 17th – July 24th  

Selection: July 26th

This year’s program begins in August of 2024

Required attendance is expected on the following dates: Orientation (August 5, 2024) Pre-Retreat Meeting ( August 19, 2024), Leadership Retreat (September 11-14, 2024), MLK Day of Service (January 20, 2025), and Group Project Planning Session (January 27, 2025)


First Monday of the Month:  
The program’s monthly sessions are on the first Monday of the month from August through June. Except for January’s Class, which will be broken up into two half days, the first will be participation in our MLK Day of Service Event (January 20th, 2024) the following week, Monday, January 27th (half day) for a community project planning session.

Full participation and attendance is expected of all participants. This maximizes the full benefits of the information, interaction, and connections made during each session.


Program/Class session days are Mondays from 8 am to 5 pm; the session days are generally the first Monday of the month except for the Orientation, Leadership Retreat, and national holidays.

What are the class projects?

Along with attending the class sessions, the participants will work in groups to create and implement a community project that results in constructive change for the Long Beach community. The goal is to further develop the participants’ leadership, teamwork and community trusteeship abilities. This will require engagement outside of the monthly sessions. The participants are expected to gather information, collaborate with other classmates or meet with identified subject experts in preparation for upcoming program sessions.

What is the cost?


Leadership Long Beach has multiple scholarships available for program participants. Eligibility requirements vary by scholarship fund. Please complete the optional Scholarship section of the application to be considered for one of our scholarships. Only one scholarship will be awarded per eligible candidate; multiple scholarship awards will not be awarded to a single applicant. Scholarships awards range from $1000 – $2000.
How do I apply?

Approximately 35 community leaders are accepted into the Institute each year. Each year candidates are considered individually and collectively to create a uniquely dynamic class.


Applications are generally accepted in May, June, and July. Selection Interviews are conducted in June and July and the class begins in August. All applicants will be interviewed by a panel of Leadership Long Beach alumni for acceptance into the class.


The deadline to submit applications for consideration to become a part of the Leadership Long Beach Class of 2025 is 11:59:59 pm on Sunday, July 7, 2024.

Youth Leadership Long Beach

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

Youth Leadership Sponsors

Our youth program is tuition-free with the generous contributions of:



Orientation: Mid-October

Overnight Retreat: Mid-November

Class Meets: One Saturday each month from 8:30 AM – 4:30 P.M

From October – June.

Location: Each meeting will be held at a different location in Long Beach

Executive Leadership Series

The program is designed for executive leaders and aspiring executives of Long Beach organizations and companies.  The program size is kept small to provide more interaction and create meaningful discussions.

Executive Leadership Series Sponsors


Who should participate?

The program is designed for executive leaders of Long Beach organizations and companies. The program’s group size is kept small to provide more interaction and create meaningful discussions.

How will I benefit from participating?

ELS provides relevant and meaningful information on Long Beach government, business, and community through presentations and discussions with leaders who are shaping the city’s future. The program provides an opportunity to build connections and access to a network of city leaders and professionals that would normally take years to cultivate.

What topics are covered during the year?

Orientation & Leadership Assessment

Building Teams Through Trust

Executive Communication Skills

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Selfcare and Wellness

What is the program schedule?

This cohort will meet once a week for four consecutive weeks. Class sessions will begin at 12 PM and conclude at 8 PM. Lunch and Dinner will be provided. Each session is held in a different location around Long Beach to help build connections throughout the community.

Thursday, May 2nd
Thursday, May 9th
Thursday, May 16 th
Thursday, May 23rd
Thursday, May 30th

The dinners provide additional opportunities for sharing, learning and connecting.

What is the cost?



How do I apply?

Applications will close on April 17th

Please click on the button below and fill out the application form.  You will then be contacted by our staff for additional professional information and program payment.

Youth Environmental Leaders

Do you know a middle schooler who is passionate about saving the planet?  This program will engage students by exploring elements of environmental leadership and learning what they can do to advocate for a sustainable future!

Youth Leadership Sponsors


Who should participate?

The program is designed for current middle school students that live or go to public or private schools in Long Beach. This program is eligible for students who are about to enter the 7th, 8th or 9th grade during the 2022-23 school year.

We are looking to bring in students who are interested in beginning their environmental leadership journey. Students do not have to excel in these areas but should show a deep interest in learning more about these topics.

How will I benefit?

The Youth Leadership Long Beach program is a unique opportunity for area high school students to join with emerging youth leaders from other schools to experience a group-training program based on principled leadership. It empowers youth to accept roles as community trustees and the importance of solving the community’s challenges through individual responsibility. In addition, this program aims highlight important role STEM fields play in our community.

What topics are covered during the workshop series?

This workshop series will provide students with a jumpstart in Environmental Education concepts and build leadership skills along the way.

Here are just a few of the topics this program covers!

  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Green Jobs
  • Urban Agriculture
  • Plastics and Pollution
  • Leadership Strengths
  • Finding your Growth Zone
  • Nature in Long Beach
What is the program schedule?

This program will be offered twice during the summer of 2022

Cohort 1 August 16-19th

Cohort 2 August 23-26th


All Workshop Sessions are from 10 AM-2 PM

Note: Lunch is included

What is the cost?

There is no charge for the youth to participate in the program. The youth program is generously sponsored by community foundations, Leadership Long Beach alumni and other groups who value the the future leaders of our city. We take care to find students who are passionate and committed to the goals of this program; to improve themselves and Long Beach.

Leadership Long Beach Institute

Applications for our Institute Program are being accepted through Sunday, July 7th.