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LAMVCF's E3 Youth Leadership & Philanthropy Program connects local high school students to help them realize their vision for social change.

We are accepting E3 applications until March 15, 2024, for the class that will start in late August or early September 2024.


E3 brings together local youth from several schools in the greater Mountain View and Los Altos region to help realize their vision and hopes for social change. Through self-defined, year-long community projects, leadership training, other community opportunities, and grant-making activities, the E3 program seeks to educate, engage, and empower local youth to effect positive change in their local and global communities.

Students learn from a wide variety of community leaders who speak to the class, and many become mentors to the students for their projects. This is a very hands-on program, requiring in-class and some outside-of-class collaboration.

Students work in a collaborative environment in which they build each other up and support each other, growing their leadership skills and having a positive, fun learning experience, working with students from a variety of schools and backgrounds in a way that is unique to the program.

The program lasts the academic year, and students are provisionally admitted to a two-year term, with a third available. Over time, students grow their leadership and take on increasing responsibilities, from running aspects of the program developing and delivering curriculum, and running major activities.


E3 participants are residents of or attend schools in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, or Mountain View. Students must be entering 10th or 11th grade.


The program runs from late August through May.


  • Students participate in local in-person meetings on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 - 9:00 pm, generally twice a month. 
  • The year begins with a Saturday retreat in August or September. 
  • All members participate in additional service and community projects (weekends and/or evenings) intermittently throughout the year.


$500. (Financial aid & scholarships are available)

Application Process:

E3 applications are open for the 2025 - 2025 session.

Apply for E3


Contact E3 Program Director IdaRose Sylvester at idarose@lamvcf.org.

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"When I first joined E3, I honestly wasn't aware of many relevant, ongoing issues in my community. Through E3, however, I have learned so much from speakers, events, and peers that have helped me grow more conscious of the issues around me."

"I’ve enjoyed the E3 program over the past three years as a way to take a step back and educate myself about silent yet prevalent community issues while at the same time diving headfirst and truly taking initiative and action in making a measurable contribution to matters I’m passionate about."