On Friday, May 6, the APA-recognized Planning Student Organization (PSO), Planners of Color for Social Equity (PCSE) at UCLA, will host its 4th Annual Urban Planning Youth Empowerment Conference (UPYEC) for high school students. More than 200 students from the East Los Angeles Renaissance Academy are expected to attend the day-long conference on urban planning issues.
The conference will include an introduction to urban planning, a campus tour, as well as information about applying to college. Specific planning workshops will focus on transportation advocacy, environmental design, food access, women’s use of public space, and environment sustainability in the East Los Angeles neighborhood.
The event is an opportunity to build a stronger pipeline to higher education and ultimately the diversity of the planning profession.
PCSE works to promote grassroots activism in urban planning, and aspire to inspire high school students to explore how urban planning affects their neighborhood, city and region. The UPYEC is hosted in conjunction with UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs.