About the project
Stockton is on the cusp of urban renaissance, poised for economic and industrial change. Educational and workforce barriers continue to limit the growing power of our city.
Within the last decade, Stockton has recovered from bankruptcy and now benefits from a unique combination of social and economic advantages. Situated near Silicon Valley and the intellectual economies of the Bay Area, the city has witnessed a rebirth of pride in its deep cultural history.
Stockton still experiences these challenges:
Large swaths of the city are food deserts, and evidence shows that communities of color suffer from environmental toxicity due to lead contamination, airborne pesticides and algal blooms in local waterways.
A legacy of redlining caused neighborhoods throughout the city to struggle to attract key businesses and investment. Positive steps have been taken to bring new life to Central and South Stockton, but an influx of capital risks displacing rooted communities.
Our public education system lacks the resources to be a driver of economic opportunity and growth. Little to no effort has been made to recruit and retain Stocktonians who have left to receive higher education to come back to the city. Those who do return experience many challenges in finding job opportunities in their field of interest.
With close to a third of Stockton’s population under the age of 18, its youth are its greatest asset. If nurtured, they have the potential to bring the city into the global age. For Stockton to reach its full potential, it is time to address the brain drain (outward migration of talented and educated community members) that affects the community.
The Stockton Urban Revitalization Fellowship looks to leverage the city’s greatest asset by empowering Stocktonians to return, invest and solve their hometown's most pressing problems.
Stockton Urban Revitalization Fellowship uses a youth-driven, youth-led experiential learning approach to train the next generation of Stockton leaders.
Stockton Urban Revitalization Fellowship is the bridge connecting aspiring changemakers with Stockton's social impact community.
Stockton Urban Revitalization Fellowship’s values and ethos are rooted in cultivating education-driven, community-centered, ethical leaders and advocates in the community.