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Student Application

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  • 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.


    Program tuition is $499. Credit Cards, Checks and PayPal are accepted.

    Application Deadline

    The application deadline for high school students is October 10th at midnight. Space is limited, so apply early. We consider applications in the order received.

    The Leadership Program

    • Applicants must be a junior or senior in high school
    • Required orientation reception meeting held prior to the start of each class year.
    • Two-weekend retreats, an all day Saturday retreat in late October, and an overnight Saturday/Sunday retreat in February, will focus on leadership skill building and team participation. Participation is mandatory.
    • The class meets every other Mon, October - January, 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 June.
    • 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. The 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.


    From the applications we receive by the due date, a group of students will be selected for interviews. Interviews will take place in September and October 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.