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SF South Bay + Peninsula, California

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We can't build housing on the Baylands. So many animals already live in the wetlands there. Taking that from them would be doing to them what we feel like is unfairly being done to us. / Y-PLAN East Palo Alto Student

As the cost of living in Silicon Valley continues to rise, communities in the South Bay and Peninsula are gentrifying, and low income residents of color are being displaced. Since 2017, the Center for Cities + Schools has partnered with the Urban Displacement Project, local cities, and Facebook, bringing the Y-PLAN Initiative south to engage young people to stabilize communities all around the Bay.

EPAPA design activity RBD FieldOps

Students from San Jose, East Palo Alto, Redwood City, Menlo Park, and North Fair Oaks, in collaboration with University research teams, have leveraged their first hand community knowledge to map current housing conditions, conduct hundreds of surveys and dozens of interviews. Proposing housing strategies from ADUs to home repair assistance, from preservation of affordable units to community land trusts, Y-PLAN student scholars have presented their vision at Menlo Park and East Palo Alto City Halls, UC Berkeley, and Facebook. These young people are stewards of the future, inspiring change and calling for adults to learn from today as they plan for tomorrow.

We can't build housing on the Baylands. So many animals already live in the wetlands there. Taking that from them would be doing to them what we feel like is unfairly being done to us. / Y-PLAN East Palo Alto Student
EPAPA design activity RBD FieldOps

As the cost of living in Silicon Valley continues to rise, communities in the South Bay and Peninsula are gentrifying, and low income residents of color are being displaced. Since 2017, the Center for Cities + Schools has partnered with the Urban Displacement Project, local cities, and Facebook, bringing the Y-PLAN Initiative south to engage young people to stabilize communities all around the Bay.


Students from San Jose, East Palo Alto, Redwood City, Menlo Park, and North Fair Oaks, in collaboration with University research teams, have leveraged their first hand community knowledge to map current housing conditions, conduct hundreds of surveys and dozens of interviews. Proposing housing strategies from ADUs to home repair assistance, from preservation of affordable units to community land trusts, Y-PLAN student scholars have presented their vision at Menlo Park and East Palo Alto City Halls, UC Berkeley, and Facebook. These young people are stewards of the future, inspiring change and calling for adults to learn from today as they plan for tomorrow.


brightness_7 Impact By the Numbers
SF South Bay + Peninsula: 3 Years
people125 students
school2 schools
account_balance25 civic partners
supervisor_account5 educators
developer_board6 city-school projects
Boys and Girls Club Y-PLAN Peninsula UCB
EPAPA students at City Hall
As students, we live regional lives. Even if we live in one city, our schools are often in a different city. We have relatives near and far and many of us have moved from other neighborhoods, cities, or even countries. We do not spend our time in only one neighborhood, so we see our community in a more regional way. / Y-PLAN South Bay Students