Leadership Academy

Where teens can learn essential life skills that they are unable to learn elsewhere


  • How to set your goals
  • How to write your resume, take an interview, or land a job
  • How to manage your life on your own
  • How to manage money
  • Basic First Aid
  • How to speak effectively
  • How to work cooperatively in teams (college prep)
  • How to travel smart & effectively
  • How to check car oil, tire pressure, and other essential car maintenance topics
  • Starting your own business, and more!


Upon completion of the Academy, each participant will take away the following: Certificate of Completion, Written Goals, Letter of Recommendation, Résumé, Bank Account (upon parent approval), Professional photo, Mentor, and Peer to peer friendships.

Leadership Academy: July 15 – 19, 2024

The Youth Center, 10761 Los Alamitos Blvd, Los Alamitos CA 90720 | 1:00pm – 5:30pm

This program is designed for students ages 15-19.


To provide high school students and graduates with specialized training on how to handle real-world challenges outside of high school. The Youth Center Leadership Academy will partner with local businesses, educators and residents to provide training on everything from goal setting, banking, resume building and interviewing, an introduction to cooking, and basic car maintenance. Opportunities for mentors and local internships will be available to all.

  • The Youth Center will select 30 youth candidates from 16-19 years old.
  • Local business professionals and organizations, and educators will be instructing each segment.
  • Each participant will have access to a mentor for ongoing guidance after the Academy.
  • The Youth Center will work with local business to offer participants internships to gain workplace experience and job skills.
Class of 2024:
Aidan Burog, Caden Violi, Chelsea Estrada, Christopher Pagan, Cole Romero, Daniel Delfin, Delilah Camacho, Garrett Duncanson, Hailey Mellott, Jacob Bernhardt, Jayden Bernhardt, Jinze Li, Jonah Wang, Katrina Jeang, Kendyl Jeang, Kyle Choe, Maya Sanda, Meg Tanaka, Melia Rafuse, Natalie Jenkins, Phyllisia Rosen, Raphael Bolanos, Ryan Campbell, Ryan Cheng, Sandra Soutter, Scarlett Ramirez, Sebastian Guetterman, Sofia Guetterman, Thomas Nguyen, Zhewei Wan.