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Child and Youth Plan

diverse group of youth
Youth working around table

The City of San Diego’s Child and Youth Plan is the intentional roadmap that creates a shared vision of services, programs, and resources that will support equitable cross-generational solutions for sustainable goals that uplift the voices of children, youth and families in San Diego.

The Child and Youth Plan will build off community conversations led by intentional steering committees shaped with cross-sector leaders that are delineated into tactical age groups and represented by a broad range of organizations, institutions, and individuals that possess various years of experience in contributing, supporting and leading in their sector. It is with these steering committees and co-creating with youth organizations and age-specific ecosystems that make up the specific plan areas within the CYMP.

Specific topics will include the following:

  • Education and Career Pathways
  • Economic and Workforce Development
  • Youth Empowerment
  • Engaging Activities
  • Child Care and Camp Access

CYMP Phases

Phase 1

September 2022 - June 2023

Phase one of the Child and Youth Master Plan (CYMP) has included selecting the best organization to lead inclusive and equitable community engagement, through youth and family townhalls and focus groups. Through an extensive Request for Proposal (RFP) process, SAY San Diego was chosen to lead these efforts in partnership with The Office of Child and Youth Success.

Through the months of May and June 2023, SAY San Diego and partner organizations will conduct a series of nine multilingual, virtual townhalls established in each City Council District.

The townhalls will focus on 5 programmatic topics: Education and Career Pathways, Economic and Workforce Development, Youth Empowerment, Engaging Activities, and Child Care Challenges and Barriers.

Following the conclusion of the townhalls, focus groups will be formed to further elaborate on the feedback and discussions had in the townhalls.

Learn more about the townhalls

Phase 2

July 2023 - June 2024

Phase two of the CYMP is the design phase. The Office of Child and Youth Success, in collaboration with steering committees, will begin to design an actionable plan to address disparities based on feedback collected during Phase 1 townhalls and focus groups. 

Building on the information and learnings gained through Phase 1, the design phase will provide the actionable strategies and recommendations needed to address concerns and gaps identified in the current programs, services and resources as well as seize opportunities for developing and strengthening new and existing systems across the City and within the region. ​ Creating a parallel path between focus groups and the steering committees will facilitate the development of a focused, actionable, equitable, and sustainable framework that will guide the successful movement into Phase 3 of the CYMP.

Additionally, a sustainable framework will pave the way for future funding opportunities and discussions to address disparities.

Phase 3

July 2024 - December 2024

Phase 3 of the Child and Youth Master Plan will unleash the implementation, monitoring strategies developed in Phase 2. The actionable strategies will ensure that opportunities for children and youth are created through meaningful connections and purposeful solutions to current challenges.

​The proposed strategies will be put into motion, collaborating with City departments such as Economic Development, Race and Equity, Parks and Recreation, Libraries, Homeless Strategies and Solutions, Real Estate and Airport Management (DREAM), Planning and Development, and Human Resources. The Children and Youth Master Plan will be the roadmap moving forward to create innovative and sustainable solutions to ensure accountability, equity, and a shared framework with various community partners and stakeholders that have a shared vision for improving outcomes for children, youth, and families in America’s finest city.