"Y-PLAN has changed our planning processes for the better. The values articulated by Y-PLAN are now core principles for public participation in Richmond." / Richmond City Manager Bill Lindsay
Over the past 15 years, students from Richmond, California have grappled with issues at the core of community health and wellbeing: park development, improving public housing, addressing transportation safety and connectivity, and adopting more equitable school funding. In recent years, Y-PLAN projects have been driven toward engaging young people in healthy city planning as the City of Richmond has embraced a citywide focus on addressing health inequities through a Health in All Policies approach. In 2014, the City adopted the first-ever Health in All Policies (HiAP) ordinance and strategy. This ordinance takes a 'social determinants' view of health equity, acknowledging that "health starts in communities--where we live, learn, work and play--and that everyday decisions within the City of Richmond can promote health".
As the City of Richmond has deepened its understanding of health equity and place, civic partners turned to the city’s youth to gain their insights on existing and future visions for a healthy Richmond. Examining the root causes of health inequity and asking "why?" was a natural alignment to the Y-PLAN curriculum. Building on the success of Y-PLAN at the high school level, CC+S even launched the first ever adult Y-PLAN in 2018, as part of the Building Healthy Communities, in partnership with LEAP, Healthy Richmond, and the City. The third cohort of Y-PLAN Adult participants helped bring the initiative full circle when they contributed to a project designed in conjunction with Y-PLAN high school students nearly a decade ago.
Richmond: 15 Years
"I learned the difference between equality and equity. I've also learned adults aren't the only ones who can make a difference. Us teens, including freshmen, have the power to change and to improve our school and our community." / Y-PLAN Student, Richmond High School
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