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Plan Downtown Oakland Youth Engagement Process
Young people are often left out of the city planning process or engaged in only token ways, and the Oakland Planning Department is determined to correct this mistake. A plan for Downtown Oakland should account for the needs of young people now and in the future. To meaningfully engage youth, the Plan Downtown team has taken a multi-pronged approach to ensure that Oakland’s youth are a significant part of the planning process for Downtown Oakland. Youth will be included further in developing the plan as the project moves forward.
Y-PLAN City Hall Presentations
The City has been lucky to partner with UC Berkeley Center for Cities and Schools’ Y-PLAN (Youth-Plan, Learn, Act Now!) program. This program is working with four different classes of high school student classes, ranging from freshmen to seniors, to apply the Y-PLAN process to the future of Downtown Oakland. The Plan Downtown team is acting as their client and UC Berkeley students as their mentors. The students provided recommendations on issues such as social equity and greenhouse gas reduction that will contribute to the draft specific plan. The student presentations on these recommendations were reviewed by a panel of City staff and community members, including a member of the Downtown Specific Plan Community Advisory Group and a Youth Advisory Commissioner.
Approximately 80 young people and youth advocates came together on March 16, 2016 at Oakland City Hall to discuss youth ideas and needs for Downtown. Co-led by Planning and Y-PLAN staff, the Youth Summit worked with youth-serving organizations Downtown and around Oakland to bring a range of students from different backgrounds and neighborhoods a chance to hear from one another and share their recommendations with the City.
Mayor's Chief of Staff Tomiquia Moss and Councilmember Abel Guillen welcome participants
Students discuss how Downtown can serve youth better
Y-PLAN students present their initial analysis of Downtown
Student shares her idea about how to help change the Downtown in a "hands-on" way