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Cal Poly Pomona builds upon Y-PLAN methods to bring planning and placemaking to Long Beach Teens

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Under the visionary leadership of Annette S. Koh, a professor at Cal Poly Pomona’s College of Environmental Design, our LA Hub is gearing up for inspiring work this spring. Cal Poly students are launching a pilot workshop series with city leaders and teens in Long Beach to examine how the city's parks can be more accessible, equitable, and sustainable.
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Y-PLAN San José Hub Partners with SJ Department of Transportation and Vision Zero for Safer Streets

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We’re thrilled to share an update from our San José Hub led by our higher-ed partner, SJSU's Department of Child and Adolescent Development, under the leadership of Professor Ellen Middaugh. Since last fall, SJSU has worked with San José’s Department of Transportation and Escuela Popular on a pedestrian safety project related to Vision Zero.
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In Memoriam: Prescott Reavis

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Remembering the work and life of Prescott Reavis, an inspiring Y-PLAN mentor, teacher, and spatial activist.
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Summer internships on Google’s ‘Downtown West’ plan activated the Y-PLAN San José Hub

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During Summer 2021, UC Berkeley’s Center for Cities + Schools worked closely with community partners Global Seed and San José State University (SJSU) to recruit twelve high school students to participate in a two-week internship program with the goal of developing recommendations for Google’s new ‘Downtown West’ plan.
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Y-PLAN Connects: A New Digital Platform to Build Community in Place During the Global Pandemic

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As the transition to online learning first rocked our world in Spring 2020, CC+S sprung into action and Y-PLAN Connects: Building Community in Place was born. The strategy had great success and of course a few surprises along the way.
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Y-PLAN Oakland AAMA Policy Brief

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Improving education and cultivating civic agency through developing real world skills, practices, and partnerships.
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Y-PLAN Transportation Policy Brief

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Transportation provides access to all other arenas of life. Y-PLAN scholars suggest improvements to provide greater and more equitable connection, safety, dignity and opportunities.
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Y-PLAN Housing Policy Brief

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California is facing an unprecedented housing crisis. Young people across the state feel its pressures, and they know how to help.
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Reflection: Y-PLAN Tomodachi Softbank Leadership Program by Megumi Inouye

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“How can you expect us to come up with solutions for revitalizing our community when we just lost everything?”
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TOMODACHI Japan “Day of Action” 2019

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This year, fifth grade students at Verde Elementary School in North Richmond, California, took on a local “real world” challenge: How can we beautify the public spaces in our neighborhood while celebrating our community history and pride? Professional architects and planners engaged the students in a series of hands-on studio workshops using the Y-PLAN 5-step methodology in the spring. Then over the summer, 100 TOMODACHI Y-PLAN Japanese students also engaged in the Y-PLAN process as they focused on North Richmond. Inspired by the work of the younger local students, they generated a set of long-term and short-term recommendations about how the community might become more vibrant, creative, and connected. Within the framework of their long-term proposals, four groups of 25 students each also generated a plan to build out one small component of their vision during a Day of Action. Read more about the exciting connections made and actions students took in North Richmond!
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