• Bellevue Essentials

    Bellevue Essentials provides a 10-week introduction to civic leadership. The transformational program highlights the structure and daily operations of city government in Bellevue. Topics include demographics, public process, diversity, equity and inclusion, city planning, economic development, human services, utilities, finance and transportation, fire, police and more.

    Apply for fall 2022 session

    Bellevue Essentials returns to in-person classes for the fall 2022 session, Wednesday evenings, Sept. 28–Dec. 7. Tuition is $150 and fee waivers are available to those with financial need. Applications are due 5 p.m., July 27.  

    Graduates are well-equipped to get more involved in the city and nonprofit arenas on the Eastside, and become members of the Bellevue Essentials Extended (BEES) alumni organization, a networking and civic engagement group.

    The admission process involves a short application and three essay questions. Applicants must live or work in Bellevue and be committed to attending at least eight of the 10 sessions.

    For more information, contact jellenhorn@bellevuewa.gov.

    Webform Application

    Home Address
    Is mailing address same as home address?
    Mailing Address


    Are you a Bellevue resident?
    Do you work in Bellevue?
    Age Demographics
    Gender Identity
    What is your race/ethnicity? (Choose all that apply)
    Do you need a fee waiver for the tuition of $150?

    Application Instructions

    Please answer each question thoroughly in approximately 100 words per question. Assistance with your application/essays is available on request. Contact Julie Ellenhorn at jellenhorn@bellevuewa.gov to request assistance and please indicate if you have a language or culture preference.

    Essays can be typed or written as a separate word document or verbally in an MP3 audio file emailed to jellenhorn@bellevuewa.gov. Maximum of 100 words per question. If you prefer to send hard copy, mail to Julie Ellenhorn, City of Bellevue, Neighborhood Outreach, 450 110th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004.

    Essay Questions

    Information Sessions

    Learn more about Bellevue Essentials from other community members who took the class. Hear from graduates and participate in a "Question and Answer" session. Sessions will include tips for submitting a successful Bellevue Essentials application.   

    • Thursday, June 9, 6-7 p.m. at City Hall
    • Tuesday, June 14, Noon-1 p.m. on Zoom. Meeting link and passcode:  


      Passcode: 547944;   Meeting ID: 859 2008 1391
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      +12532158782,,85920081391#,,,,*547944# US (Tacoma)
      +17207072699,,85920081391#,,,,*547944# US (Denver)

    • Thursday, June 16, 5-6 p.m. at Crossroads Community Center

    For more information contact jellenhorn@bellevuewa.gov