whY-PLAN? Engaging Young People and Schools as Critical Actors in Building Healthy, Equitable, and Vibrant Communities

APA California Chapter


Monday, September 25, 2017, 1:15 p.m.
Saturday, September 23, 2017, 2:45 p.m. PDT

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This interactive panel will demonstrate how the award-winning Y-PLAN (Youth-Plan, Learn, Act, Now!) educational methodology prepares young people and civic leaders from Sacramento, Oakland, Richmond, and San Francisco to work together on authentic community development challenges, why that partnership is important for both students and civic leaders, and how to measure that impact effectively. City and education leaders, teachers, and students will discuss how youth engagement is core to creating healthier, more equitable, resilient, and vibrant cities, provide insights, best practices, and challenges based on their recent collaborative projects, which have asked students to design healthier downtown centers, more resilient communities, mitigations to sea level rise, ?cooler? bus stops, connectivity to BART stations, core components of Climate-Smart Cities, and much more. Additionally, participants will be introduced to publicly available Y-PLAN DIY tools and resources they can take with them. Created at the UC Berkeley Center for Cities + Schools in 2000, Y-PLAN has grown from a local initiative to a national model of participatory planning recognized by HUD Secretary Sean Donovan, involving over 15,000 students, educators and civic partners across the US and globe.


Amanda Eppley

Mandy brings experience in schools, city planning, and technology to her work at the Center for Cities + Schools. For most of the last decade, Mandy has worked as an educator at the middle and high school levels, teaching English and history at urban and suburban public schools in California, Massachusetts ... Read More

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Hanson Hom, hansonapa@gmail.com