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 Due to COVID-19, this program is postponed for 2020. Please check back in 2021.


The Cupertino Teen Leadership Academy (CTLA) is a new initiative designed to teach foundational leadership skills through the lens of public service careers and inform students about new or unknown careers within the public and non-profit sector.  Students in CTLA will be introduced to a variety of science, tech, and other careers within these growing fields while learning the following leadership skills:

  • Resume writing and interviewing
  • Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Customer service - both internal and external


Since there are limited spots within this program, an internal panel will be using the application and answers to the supplemental questions to determine the best candidates for the program.



Any student who is currently in 8th-11th grade can apply.  Preference will be given to Cupertino residents, but we will try to accommodate all interested students if possible.

Application Information

DUE DATE:  Applications must be submitted by April 29th at 10:00pm.  Decisions will be made the week of May 13th.


Academy Schedule

Please know that this schedule is subject to change at any time. All leadership sessions will be on Thursdays from 10am2pm, unless otherwise indicated.


June 13th

CTLA Kickoff

June 20th

City of Cupertino Government

June 27th

Santa Clara County Sherriff

July 4th

NONE – 4th of July Holiday Break

July 11th

West Valley Community Services

July 18th

Environmental Service and Naturalist Programs

July 25th

Santa Clara County Fire

August 1st

Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI)

August 8th

Cupertino Teen Leaders Dinner – Final Presentations


Academy Requirements

All participants will be expected to meet the following requirements in order to graduate from the academy:

  • Complete an informational interview with an individual in a public service field.
  • Complete 10 hours of community service.
  • Attend a City of Cupertino Commission or Council meeting and give a 1 page report.
  • Give a final group presentation.Details will be given during kickoff.
  • Attend 6 of 7 academy sessions. Leadership dinner (8/9) does NOT count as a session.

DUE DATE:  Applications must be submitted by April 29th at 10:00pm.  Decisions will be made the week of May 13th.