Application Form (Student)
Leadership Manhattan Beach

1 General Information 2 Identification 3 Questions 4 Acknowledgment

General Information

Leadership Manhattan Beach is an ongoing community leadership development program designed to identify and educate existing and potential community leaders, to increase their knowledge of the Manhattan Beach community, and to develop a growing network of individuals who can help one another meeting challenges in the community.

During the program participants:
  • Explore current issues affecting the economic, educational, environmental, governmental, and social systems of Manhattan Beach,
  • Meet civic and corporate leaders and discuss their views and decision making processes, and to identify areas where they can become more involved,
  • Participate on a team in a cooperative community service project completed by the class during the winter and spring.
  • Select, plan and implement a major community project of the groups choosing.

Application Deadline

Applications must be submitted by April 30th

Tuition

Program tuition is $499. Due and payable by June 30. Credit Cards, Checks and PayPal are accepted.

The Leadership Program

  • Required orientation reception meeting held in August of each class year.
  • Two weekend retreats, early September (Saturday/Sunday) and an all-day Saturday retreat in January, will focus on leadership skill building and team participation. Participation is mandatory.
  • The class meets every other Mon, Sept - May, 5:30-8:30 PM.
  • Class members will meet in small groups outside of the usual class time to work on projects. These meetings vary depending on the project and committee responsibilities.
  • Each student attends an MB School Board meeting and an MB City Council meeting.
  • Special evening sessions will be held for the City Council presentation and graduation dinner in May.
  • Optional tours of the Police and Fire Departments, local water and power plants and other local sites.

Selection Process

Your online completed application will be reviewed by Leadership Alumni.
Five high school students will be selected to join about twenty-five adults for the class based on:
  1. Your recent accomplishments and involvement in other activities.
  2. Desire to be involved in Manhattan Beach community activities.
  3. Potential to gain from leadership training.
  4. Firm personal commitment to attend retreats and class sessions and to participate in class project.
  5. Firm commitment from your family to support you in attending all activities.

Students in the Leadership Class' of 2011 - 2014

2011: Logan Schlossberg, Travis Taylor, Lucas Bavaro, Chris Claycomb, Travis Elliott, Lauren Wallender
2012: Brittany Donaleshen, Jessica Turkmany, Joseph Schiff, Rebecca Roth, Somer Dice
2013: Krista Jamgotchian, Carly Klein, Adam Gerard, Maddy Miketa, Sophie Silverman
2014: Catherine Schiff, Blake Smith, Carlie Stewart, Jordan Wyner

Interviews

From the applications we receive by the due date, a group of students will be selected for interviews. Interviews will take place in May near the Manhattan Beach City Council complex.
Before the interview, you will get a program calendar. At the interview, to indicate that you and your parent/guardian have approved that you will attend all events, you must submit a Leadership Manhattan Beach Calendar of events, signed by you and a parent or guardian. This is required.
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