Y-PLAN is not only an acronym, Youth - Plan, Learn, Act, Now!, it is also a pun. Why plan? At its core, Y-PLAN guides students through the process of digging deeper into the questions of why. Why do we plan? Why are conditions the way they are in one part of the city and not another. Why not vision and plan for a more equitable future? One of the first activities that introduces students to these questions is mind mapping.
Our experience working with Y-PLAN was captivating. It taught us important skills that will benefit us in the future. Teresa and I would like to thank HMS (Health and Medical Sciences Academy) for giving us an opportunity to be introduced to Y-PLAN. Being a part of HMS and Y-PLAN made us aware of the serious health issues affecting our community. Y-PLAN helped guide HMS students to come up with solutions to address these issues and improve health in our community.
“Our voice, us students, we can be heard. We can make what we want to happen, happen."
This post is the first in a two-part series highlighting two exceptional Plan4Health projects: one in Sacramento, California, and one in Pierce County, Washington. These communities may be more than 700 miles apart, but they are united in the shared goal of building healthy communities through principles of active design. Each project has unlocked the secret to successful planning for public health: civic engagement.
"My work with Y-PLAN helped me realize I can be an advocate for change and help create equity. As students, our voices can and will be heard."
On September 20th, 2016, the Sacramento Y-PLAN team came together to train new teachers to implement Y-PLAN in their classrooms.
Join civic and education leaders from the City of Sacramento and Sacramento City Unified School District as we identify key issues and challenges for Y-PLAN students to tackle in the coming year.