Bellevue Essentials

Bellevue Essentials provides an entry point for emerging community leaders. This transformational nine-week program highlights the structures and inner workings of city government in many arenas. Topics include demographics, public process, city planning, economic development, human services, utilities, finance and transportation, public safety, and more.

Graduates are well-equipped to get more involved in the City and non-profit arenas on the Eastside, and become members of the Bellevue Essentials Extended Alumni organization, a networking and civic engagement group. 

The admission process involves a short application and essays. Applicants must live or work in Bellevue and be committed to attending at least 7 of the 9 sessions. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings.
Bellevue Essentials Brochure
Bellevue Essentials Application

Bellevue Essentials Extended (BEE) Alumni

Who We Are
Bellevue Essentials Extended (BEE) Alumni organization is a networking and civic engagement group of dedicated graduates of the Bellevue Essentials Program. 

BEE strives to continue the initiatives of the Bellevue Essentials Program to broaden knowledge about city government and civic engagement. The vision of BEE members is to stay connected, engaged and active, working to build strong networks and enhance their community and civic leadership skills. 

Our BEE mission is to establish and retain a lasting relationship between the Bellevue Essentials Program and its graduates. BEE will foster connection among our alumni and provide opportunities for them to contribute to our community. 

How To Become a Member of BEE
To become a member of BEE requires graduation from the Bellevue Essentials Program.  The program is offered annually in the Fall. As a BEE member, you will be eligible to participate in alumni activities and events.   

Gallery of BEE Events

Day of Caring
August 2016
Bellevue Essentials alumni joined Jubilee Reach in their annual Day of Caring and Sharing event, which brings together people on the Eastside to serve at local public schools and homes. 19 Bellevue Essentials alumni volunteered for a half day doing yard work at the home of a deserving family in the Crossroads neighborhood.

BEE Caring

Care Box Event
January, 2017
Over 30 Bellevue Essentials alumni prepared Care Boxes for children awaiting foster care placement over morning coffee. Together, they completed 25 Care Boxes for foster kids while having a great time.

BEE Care box

Dinner with Councilmember Robinson
April 2017
35 Bellevue Essentials alumni joined Councilmember Robinson for dinner to further their Bellevue government education. After Mayor John Stokes’ introduction, Councilmember Robinson shared her path to civic engagement and her daily life in the office with the alumni at the dinner. One lucky winner in the audience won the chance to shadow Councilmember Robinson on a future date.

BEE Robinson

BEE Alumni Happy Hour
July 2017
Bellevue Essentials alumni from classes of 2013 to 2016 met for a Happy Hour Social at Paddy Coyne's Irish Pub in Lincoln Square to reconnect, discuss issues facing our community, and have some fun.

BEE Happy Hour


Julie Ellenhorn



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