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Youth Initiatives

MTC has worked for decades to engage the Bay Area's young residents through a range of initiatives and programs—from inspiring the next generation of transportation planners through our High School Internship Program to raising awareness about climate change through our Spare the Air Youth Program.

Two high school students place pins on a map at a Plan Bay Area 2040 Youth Outreach event
Noah Berger
Tuesday, June 16, 2020

MTC's High School Internship Program began in 2000 with the goal of offering high school students the opportunity to gain professional experience in transportation planning, engineering and related fields. Every summer, dozens of 10-12 grade students are placed with our agency partners to support the work of planners at the local level. Visit our program page for more information.

In 2010, MTC partnered with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to launch the Spare the Air Youth Program, which serves as a clearinghouse and collaborative platform for all the Safe Routes to School programs in the region, in addition to offering several sub-programs that aim to encourage students and their families to walk, bike, carpool or take transit. The Spare the Air Youth Program's signature event is the annual Youth for the Environment and Sustainability (YES) Conference.

Most recently, MTC partnered with Y-PLAN (Youth - Plan, Learn, Act, Now!) in a year-long process of equitable, authentic engagement of young people in long-range regional planning. Y-PLAN is a unique, award-winning educational strategy and action research initiative that empowers young people to tackle real-world problems in their communities through project-based civic learning experiences. Based at the UC Berkeley Center for Cities + Schools, Y-PLAN has engaged thousands of young people, schools, teachers and civic partners around the globe over the last two decades. Read the Horizon Y-PLAN Pilot Partnership Research Brief.