Y-Plan's Resilient by Design Youth Challenge

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Resilient by Design is excited to partner with Y-PLAN and UC's Berkeley's Center for Cities+Schools (CC+S).

For nearly two decades, Y-PLAN has offered a framework within which to meaningfully engage students to conduct ecological, social, and political research about the impact of climate change, sea level rise and earthquakes.

CC+S is building on their recent Y-PLAN Resilience work and has developed an aligned Youth Resilience Challenge aimed at engaging 300 – 500 high school and elementary students in the Resilient By Design model.


CC+S is building on their existing school district and education networks across the Bay Area to create a “Y-PLAN’s Resilient by Design Youth Challenge.” Using the nationally recognized Y-PLAN methodology, young people are engaging with experts and local stakeholders to co-design innovative and implementable solutions, emphasizing the interconnectedness of land, water, infrastructure and the quality of life — with local specificity and ownership. CC+S is committed to working with youth and schools furthest from opportunity, or “at risk”, and in greatest need of access to opportunities, such as Y-PLAN, that are academically rigorous, relevant to their lives and meaningful to their whole communities.

Core Components

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  • Working with10 Bay Area high school classrooms
  • Inviting selected Resilient By Design Teams to serve as “Clients” to Y-PLAN students, who will:
    • structure specific questions for the student teams to tackle in the Spring 2018 Y-PLAN Project Development Phase;

    • provide local expertise and guidance to student teams; and

    • serve as role models and sources of inspiration for future college and career readiness for the young resilience planners.

  • Providing UC Berkeley student mentorship to the high school teams
  • Creating 8 - 10 classroom based, and youth led, resilience design proposals
  • Exposure to learn more about future careers in the Resilience eld and college path- ways required.
  • $2,500 Y-PLAN Youth Resilience Project Implementation Fund for 5 student team proposals
  • Sharing the insights through website development, quarterly e-newsletter and video documentation among students, parents, educators, clients, and partnering civic and community partners is an essential component of the “Y-PLAN Resilience Youth Challenge.”

For more information, visit y-plan.berkeley.edu/ or contact Tira Okamoto (Program Assistant, RbD) at tokamoto@resilientbayarea.org.