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Student Civic Engagement

It gives us great pleasure to hear and see St. Matthew's students participating in our local community events.  The students have such varied talents and benefit from being an active part of the local Pacific Palisades community.

If you are new to the area, you may not know what options exist or you may just need a reminder of the options. Here's a selection of local activities to join, serve and enjoy. If you'd like to add your activity to the list, please email us with the details!  Our intention is to list activities and opportunities in the main residential areas of our families; Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Malibu, Brentwood, and Venice. Some suggestions are free and others have a charge associated with the activity, please verify directly with the organizers. 



Pali Bee

Spelling Bee, Grades 1-5, annually in February, registration required, palibee.com

Palisades Branch Library, https://www.lapl.org/branches/palisades

  • Teen Council, ages 11-18
  • Summer Reading Contest
  • Teen Volunteers, ages 14-19

Americanism Essay Contest, Elks Club 906 of Santa Monica


Santa Monica, CA No. 906, 1040 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405-1416

Pacific Palisades Optimists Club

Essay Contest, email for queries 

Palisades Post Travel Article Competition (Spring)




Palisades Optimist Club Track Meet, Annually in May, ages 3-15

YMCA Sports Clubs

e.g.: Spring sports T-Ball (Co-ed, 3 - 4, 5 - 6), Jr. Clippers Basketball (Co-ed, 3 - 4, 5 - 7), Soccer Clinic (Co-ed, 3 - 4, 5 - 6) and Flag Football Mini Camp (Co-ed, 5 - 6, 7 - 9)

Turkey Trot

What a way to start Thanksgiving. Run on Thursday morning!
Pali High 50 -Yard Line
5K (Adults) 
5K (Kids) 
10K (Adults) 
10K (Kids) 
Find out more information

4th of July Run

The Palisades Will Rogers™ 5 & 10K runs both traverse the beautiful city streets of Pacific Palisades, with the 10K run extending to Will Rogers™ State Historic Park. These runs are among the more popular and well-regarded running events in California. Find out more information


Model UN at Palisades YMCA

Meets weekly on Tuesdays at Palisades High School.  
MUN is a middle school activity through the YMCA's Youth & Government program. Teens grades 6-8 meet weekly to discuss current issues, play games and learn about the world around us through United Nations simulation. Delegates travel to 2 overnight conferences with their advisors to join the other 900 MUN delegates participating in YMCA’s across California. The goal is to have teens come away from this program with a broader social circle, more awareness of others, and the ability to stand and speak in public with confidence.  

Model United Nations, YMCA, Culver Palms YMCA
4500 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, CA 90230, Contact Name: James Smith, Phone: 310-390-3604, Email: jamessmith@ymcala.org
Model Legislature and Court, Palisades-Malibu YMCA delegation
821 Via de la Paz, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272, Contact Name: Ali Sheaffer, Phone: 818-429-1103, Email: AliSheaffer@gmail.com
1332 6th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401, Contact Name: Melody Raouf, Phone: 310-393-2721, Email: leadership@ymcasm.org

National League of Young Men

The Palisades/Brentwood chapter of the National League of Young Men (NYLM) founded in 2016, provides experiences for Young Men to learn the greatest joy in life comes from serving others and discovering the confidence and courage to do so through the hands-on leadership training, cultural experiences, and protocol activities that they receive as members. Its a non-profit organization for young men in grades 9-12: It is a structured program for mothers and their sons to promote the development of young men into community leaders through leadership involvement, charitable and community service, cultural experiences, and protocol education.  Applications due in Grade 8. Questions? Leslie Johnson, NYLM PP&B Chapter President. Tel:  310-699-8089

Palisades Americanism Parade Association, 4th of July Parade, http://www.palisadesparade.org/services/

  • Volunteer
  • Enter a float


Cub Scouts in Pacific Palisades

  • Pack 223, Parish of St. Matthew Pack 223 Website, Phone (310) 839-9905 or email Pack 223 for more information.
  • Pack 23, Community United Methodist Church, Pack 23 Website, Phone (310) 839-9905 or email Pack 23 for more information.

Boy Scouts Troop 223, at St. Matthew’s Parish,

Girl Scouts

To form or join a troop or patrol in Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, Malibu or Santa Monica, contact area Girl Scout manager and trainer, Lynn Mack-Costello, cos511@aol.com.


Theater Palisades, Youth Programs, http://www.theatrepalisades.org/youth.html

  • Grades 3-9
  • Auditions in November for Winter show (January to March)
  • Auditions in April for Summer show (July-early August)



Sustainable Santa Monica Annual Student Poster Contest (Santa Monica residents only)


PPWC Annual Halloween Window Painting Contest, http://www.theppwc.org/Halloween-Window-Decorating


Palipost's Calendar of Events


If you'd like to add your activity to the list, please email us with the details!  Our intention is to list activities and opportunities in the main residential areas of our families; Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Malibu, Brentwood, and Venice.