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About The Program

LAMVCF’s Student Leadership Program (formerly known as E3 Youth Philanthropy Program) empowers local youth to create positive change in their communities. We provide this program as a way to assist youth in learning key skills and developing values related to community building. In turn, participating youth will better contribute to and engage with their local community.

Over the course of the academic year, 10th and 11th-grade students learn about strategic giving from local philanthropists, meet nonprofit leaders and get to know their organizations, and work towards realizing their hope and vision for the future of our area.

Participants will:

  • Develop leadership and communication skills;
  • Design and participate in service projects;
  • Make grants to community nonprofits; and,
  • Learn about the history and impacts of philanthropy.

I learned so much about both leadership and service this year through the student leadership program (E3), mainly how anyone can make a difference in our community if we put our minds to it and have the passion and dedication."



  • The program runs from mid-August through May.
  • Local in-person sessions run on Wednesday evenings twice a month from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, with a Saturday retreat in August. In addition, participants work on service projects (weekends and/or evenings) intermittently.
  • Participants must be residents of or attend schools in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, or Mountain View.
  • Students must be entering 10th or 11th grade. You may renew for a second year (i.e., participating in 10th & 11th or 11th & 12th grade.)
  • Cost to participate is $200. (Financial aid & scholarships are available)

How to apply

Student Leadership Program applications are closed for the 2023-2024 session.