Building Community Leadership

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Chinatown CDC is invested in training youth and professionals in urban planning in order to develop grassroots community planning leaders. We believe the best way to learn planning is to actually go into the neighborhood to gather information, build relationships with stakeholders, and create plans in collaboration with the community.

Chinatown Community Urban Institute
Founded in 2010, the Chinatown Community Urban Institute is a youth empowerment and professional development program offered by Chinatown CDC. The program aims to educate and empower San Francisco’s emerging young leaders and professionals to take action on urban planning issues, using San Francisco’s Chinatown as a living laboratory. Community Fellows learn the history, skills, and practical applications of the planning profession as tools for social justice and advocacy. Sessions feature seminars, walking or bike tours, and interactive fieldwork components to give participants hands-on experience in grassroots community planning.