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As a reminder, we are still working to celebrate Y-PLAN @20! On May 1, 2020, our 20th anniversary, we posted the reflections of some of our project partners, staff, clients, coordinators and alumni.
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Field Trip Series #3: Escuela Popular

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In early March 2020, Y-PLAN completed the last field trip of the semester, just one week before UC Berkeley, and most of the Bay Area, moved operations online because of COVID-19. Since then Y-PLAN has been working hard to uplift student work that had been done before the shutdown and to engage students through online education. This blog is a reflection by Y-PLAN Project Coordinator Selena Perez about our final Y-PLAN field trip this year with 8th grade students from Escuela Popular in San Jose. Our Y-PLAN team was still able to engage with students online as they continued their project with our clients, Silicon Valley @ Home, finding ways we can protect, preserve, and produce affordable housing.
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A Journey of Civic Change in Sacramento City Unified: From Pockets of Change to Systems of Opportunity 

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When we think of social justice movements, we have a tendency to gravitate towards scenes of people taking to the streets and marching. We fall in love with the iconic images of historic figures such as Martin Luther King, Cesar Chavez, Angela Davis and the list goes on. We seldom consider classrooms serving as foundational pillars of social change. Here at the University of California Berkeley Center for Cities + Schools (CC+S), we believe change begins in the classroom, and educators and their students are the true conductors of change and transformation within their neighborhoods.
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Field Trip Series #2: Skyline Green Academy

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One of the most important components of the Y-PLAN process is the Site Visit and Neighborhood Walk. Earlier this year, Y-PLAN site visits were in full force with at least one happening every week. One of our first field trips in February was the Skyline High School, Green Academy field trip in Oakland, CA.
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