Applications Being Accepted for Upcoming LEAD Goleta Academy

Limited Spots Available for Bilingual, Six Week Course

Applications are being accepted for the upcoming LEAD Goleta Academy which begins in January.  LEAD stands for Learn, Empower, Advocate and Discuss. Space is limited for this six-week bilingual class which provides a unique up-close look at how local government works. Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn how the City is run, in a small, intimate setting of 30 participants. You will walk away from the experience more connected to the City with a deeper understanding of how to get involved in shaping the future of Goleta – whether it’s staying informed, volunteering, applying for a Board or Commission, or even running for City Council.

Watch this video promo to see why you should apply for a spot in the LEAD Goleta Academy.

You can also watch this video recap of the April/May 2023 LEAD Goleta Academy and see first-hand why participants give this program rave reviews. 

The LEAD Goleta Academy begins on January 11, 2024, and takes place Thursday evenings from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. for six consecutive weeks. You must attend all the classes to participate. The course ends on February 15, 2024, with a celebratory graduation ceremony. Most classes will be held in City Hall Council Chambers located at 130 Cremona Drive with the exception of two classes that will be at the Goleta Valley Library and Goleta Community Center.

Priority is given to Goleta residents, but is open to any resident of Santa Barbara County. We strongly encourage students to apply. Don’t wait, apply here.

This will be the second time that LEAD Goleta will be offered in Spanish. To access the application in Spanish, click here.

We can’t wait to meet the next LEAD Goleta Academy Class in January. For more information go to

Community Relations Manager Kelly Hoover and Spanish Engagement Specialist Marcos Martinez at the April/May 2023 LEAD Goleta graduation.