Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the Class Schedule for 2020?


How will class participants be selected?

Applications are available at and are due by August 1st, 2019. The Leadership Steering Committee will review submitted applications and select qualified applicants for interviews. Applicants who show a propensity toward community trusteeship and leadership potential will be selected. The class will represent the diversity of our community.

What does the tuition cover?

Your $1250.00 tuition pays for presentations by accomplished skills trainers in the areas of facilitation, mediation and coaching. Most of the costs for your topic day can be covered with sponsorships, but if you are unable to secure full sponsorship for the room or food, extra costs may be involved as you prepare for your topic day. Your fees also help cover the operating cost of LSBC, a 501 c3 nonprofit organization.  Some discounted tuition opportunities are available, and we encourage participants whose sponsors can only pay a portion of the fees, to think creatively with us to enable their participation.

What will you get our of participating in Leadership Santa Barbara County?

Through skills training and group projects, participants learn and practice communication, team building, facilitation, conflict resolution, public speaking, consensus building, and information gathering.

You will graduate from the program with the following:

• A better understanding of the issues facing our community

• Networking opportunities with a wide variety of local leaders

• Specific leadership skills to help you become a more effective leader

• The confidence to make positive changes in both your personal and professional life

WHat is the required Commitment?

• Attend a Class Orientation and full-day Ropes Course.

• Attend monthly skills classes/Topic Awareness Days (TADs) on second Fridays.

• As part of a group, prepare and present one TAD during one of the monthly classes.

• As a class effort, complete a Community Service Project to be presented in May.

• After graduation, new alumni are invited to continue participating in Leadership SBC in roles such as Class Advisor, Volunteer, Steering Committee Member, Sponsor, etc.

WHat is A Topic Awareness Day?

A Topic Awareness Day (TAD) is a full day of presentations and activities created to foster awareness and knowledge of important issues facing our community. Each Leadership participant will be assigned to a small group, which will be responsible for preparing one TAD and presenting it to the rest of the class; this will include work outside of scheduled class time. Working as a team to create a TAD serves as a medium for participants to practice and develop the skills being taught in the Leadership curriculum. (The Leadership Steering Committee will host the first TAD to serve as an example for the cohort.)  

What is the Class Community Service Project?

The class will select a Community Service Project from four proposals presented by local non-profit organizations. Once chosen, the class will work with the organization’s leaders to complete the project by June; this will include workdays outside of scheduled class time. The class will also plan a ribbon cutting ceremony for the project, to be presented on May 8th, 2020 to the benefiting organization and the public. Click here to learn more about the community service project. 

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