Leadership Development

Developing community knowledge, leadership, and power is a key priority to ensuring race and income no longer determine one’s future in Long Beach.

Leadership for Long Beach

Long Beach Forward provides support for people to be more effective leaders and organizers. We understand that creating change isn’t easy or something that’s meant to be done alone. We provide multiple entry points for people to contribute to movements for racial and economic justice in Long Beach and strive to meet people where they’re at.

  • We coordinate and facilitate neighborhood and citywide trainings which include issue-area and political education and developing participants’ advocacy and organizing skills.

  • We provide one-on-one coaching support to emerging leaders and established organizers alike.

  • We facilitate peer-to-peer support amongst community organizers.

  • We are creating pathways for people to influence decision making as well as to become decision makers.

Parent Programs

Parent leadership is key to helping our future generations thrive.

Parent Committee

This parent-led committee is supported by diverse community organizations working to lift up parent voice for the success of all students. Together we build community, work on issues to improve our schools, and develop parent leadership.

Contact our Parent Organizer Cindy to learn more.

Parent Power Training

Through Long Beach Rising! and other initiatives, we provide trainings to parents to build their parent power.

@ParentPowerLB on Instagram

Follow our @ParentPowerLB Instagram account for up to date information about school board meetings, parent trainings, and other important information.

Parents of Children Ages 0-5

Learn about our Best Start Central Long Beach initiative if you are a parent, guardian, or caretaker of a child between the ages of 0-5.

Planning School

People’s Planning School is a free program designed for residents to learn critical city-planning tools and skills to improve the physical environment of their neighborhood and organize their neighbors for change. Each interactive class is centered on topics including active transportation, environmental health, violence prevention, healthy and affordable housing, food access, and more.

Long Beach Rooted!

Through free opportunities with our Long Beach Rooted! trainings, we aim to increase community leadership and meaningful involvement of youth and adult residents and stakeholders in influencing decision-making processes.

Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute (BCLI)

Through this institute, Long Beach social-justice leaders learn about the role of local boards and commissions and how they can effectively advocate to and serve on these bodies. Participants will engage in opportunities for learning, networking, placement preparation, and technical support and mentoring. Those facilitating sessions and sharing knowledge and experiences include commissioners from the City of Long Beach and other California cities. For more information, contact Marlene.

Long Beach Rooted! Leadership Training

The Long Beach Rooted! Leadership Training provides a comprehensive civic-engagement program for communities historically marginalized from political processes, including low-income communities. The program includes training on community organizing, alliance building, civic-engagement strategies, understanding power and political analysis, and building strategies to win justice in our communities. For more information, contact Marlene.