Bellevue Essentials

Bellevue Essentials provides a 10-week introduction to civic leadership. This 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.

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 8 of the 10 sessions.

Application materials for the 2021 class are available below. You may submit the PDF application (write or type, scan and email) or submit the fillable webform application below.

Classes are on Wednesday evenings, Sept. 22-Nov. 17. Applications are due July 23 at 5 p.m.

For more information, contact

Bellevue Essentials Brochure

Information Meetings and Essay Workshops

Bellevue Essentials PDF Application

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
Do you need a fee waiver for the tuition of $125?

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 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 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

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Upcoming Informational Sessions

Hear from graduates and participate in a “Question & Answer” session.

Wednesday, June 2, 6-7 p.m. or Thursday, June 3, noon-1 p.m.

For more information or to register for an information session or application workshop, contact Julie Ellenhorn at or 425-452- 5372. Zoom links will be sent after registration.