The Power of Youth Planner Leadership
You'll learn about:
- The award-winning Y-PLAN (Youth-Plan, Learn, Act, Now!) educational methodology
- Tips and best practices for engaging young people in planning
- How young people can impact planning participants, processes, policies, and ultimately places
The award-winning Y-PLAN (Youth-Plan, Learn, Act, Now!) educational methodology partners young people with civic leaders to address authentic city planning and community development challenges. Created at the UC-Berkeley Center for Cities and Schools in 2000, Y-PLAN has grown from a Bay Area initiative into a highly regarded model of innovation. Today, Y-PLAN is a national tool for youth participatory planning and civic-led project-based learning, involving more than 13,000 students, educators, and civic partners in finding solutions to real urban planning challenges. This session will introduce Y-PLAN methodology; showcase promising Y-PLAN projects; and provide tips, insights, and best practices for engaging young people in tackling issues from climate change and gentrification to transportation and public amenities.
, Y-PLAN NYC
, City of Richmond
Confirmed SpeakerAmanda Eppley brings experience in schools, city planning, and technology to her work as Y-PLAN Program Director at UC Berkeley’s Center for Cities + Schools, guiding the research design and implementation of the national initiative, focused on two large regions: San Francisco Bay Area and New York City. Amanda has worked as a teacher at urban and suburban middle and high schools, as a facilitator in school planning and design processes, and as a software engineer and database developer. She has also served on her local planning board. Amanda earned her B.A. in History and Education Policy from Swarthmore College and Masters in City Planning from UC Berkeley.
, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
, EBC HS for Public Service