Y-PLAN staff and partners will present on 3 panels at the 2017 Linked Learning Convention in Oakland, January 23-25:


Youth Voice Transforms Cities: Insights from the OUSD African-American Male Achievement Program

Amanda Eppley, Y-PLAN Program Director, Center for Cities + Schools

Jerome Gourdine, AAMA Director

Oakland Unified School District Office of African American Male Achievement program (AAMA) was launched in 2010 and creates the systems, structures, and spaces that aims to guarantee success for all African American male students. AAMA seeks to align its classes to the goals and priorities of Linked Learning and to connect students to OUSD high school career pathways as part of its mission. AAMA partnered with the Center for Cities + Schools in 2016 to bring the Y-PLAN integrated project and civic, work based learning methodology to three high schools to help further this Linked Learning alignment. Students will share experiences working as "consultants for change" for civic leaders and government agencies who serve as "clients" during the Y-PLAN project. Issues of race, place and power all come together in Y-PLAN projects and will be highlighted throughout this presentation. Y-PLAN projects include a regional BART workforce development effort and City of Oakland Resiliency strategy. 


Civic Leaders Challenge Students to Engage Critically and Think Constructively

Chair: Amanda Eppley, Y-PLAN Program Director, Center for Cities + Schools

PanelistsPatrice McElroy, Human Resources Manager, Bay Area Rapid Transit

Kiran Jain, Chief of Resiliency, City of Oakland

Shannon Ladner-Beasley, Program Manager, Contra Costa County Health Services

This interactive panel with innovative civic sector employers from BART, Oakland Mayor's Office of Resiliency and Contra Costa Health Department will demonstrate how the award-winning Y-PLAN educational methodology brings important civic partners to the Linked Learning employer table for nearly one thousand students. Working together with the UC Berkeley, these employers are partnering with over 7 career academies in Richmond, Oakland and Sacramento to conduct in-school community based consulting projects for students. Career Academy students are engaged in over 45 hours of rigorous research and direct work with civic leaders on challenges facing their communities. Projects range from increasing the diversity of BARTs regional workforce, to informing the Mayor of Oakland's Resiliency Plan to improving health conditions and resources for Contra Costa Health Department. 


Districts Bring Civic Work Based Learning to Scale with Y-PLAN

Deborah McKoy, Center for Cities + Schools Executive Director

Ann Curtis, Sacramento City Unified School District

Mary Kadri, WCCUSD Work Based Learning/Pathways Coordinator’

In this interactive presentation and panel discussion, participants will be introduced to how three large Northern California School Districts – Oakland, West Contra Costa Unified School District, and Sacramento – have introduced civic, work based learning to over 1000 young people in dozens of career academy classrooms by utilizing Y-PLAN (Youth-Plan-Learn-Act, Now). Participants will hear directly from district leaders, industry partners and students who have come to recognize Y-PLAN as a dual/reciprocal strategy to a) maximize the exposure and impact of rigorous, relevant, high quality work based learning experiences, and b) engage young people as critical stakeholders in city planning and policymaking to create more equitable and inclusive schools and communities. Participants will learn the “why” and the “how” of Y-PLAN: the “win-win” and value-add for educators, students, and civic partners; and the best-practices for cultivating sustainable and reciprocal relationships and work based learning experiences with untapped public sector partners.