Sacramento Area Students Showcase Y-PLAN Projects at City Hall
May 16, 2018 - Students from Hiram Johnson High School and Arthur A. Benjamin Health Professions High School presented thoughtful and insightful solutions to civic issues at the culminating event of their Y-PLAN experience. Students from Hiram Johnson presented well researched projects on how to improve school community relationships and Health Professions students presented solutions on housing and homelessness. Mayor Darrell Steinberg made remarks to the students for the second year in a row.
Y-PLAN (Youth – Plan, Learn, Act, Now), run from the Center for Cities + Schools at University of California, Berkeley, is an award-winning educational strategy that pairs civic entities with students to research and offer solutions to real issues in their communities and schools through an instructor led project-based curriculum. One of the critical pieces of Y-PLAN is that the partnering civic agency is an actual client and the high school students act as a professional consultant providing research, data, and solutions to critical issues. This year's clients were Hiram Johnson Principal Garrett Kirkland, Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency, and the Promise Zone.
The presentations took place in the atrium of New City Hall where the students set up a showcase and discussed their projects with staff at SHRA, SCUSD, City of Sacramento and California Endowment. After the showcase, the students used council chambers to do formal presentations of their research and proposals.