With more than 4,500 nationwide Knight Cities Challenge (KCC) submissions, the Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS) Young Placemakers program has been selected as one of 12 entries from San José to join the national pool of 144 ideas to reach the final round of review. Funded by the Knight Foundation, the Knight Cities Challenge seeks new ideas that make communities more vibrant to live and work. Open to any San José based high school students, Young Placemakers will empower youth to identify neglected spaces within San José and implement their own placemaking “activation”. Selected youth will learn about PRNS’s theories behind placemaking, the process that goes into organizing public activation events, and gain professional skills (i.e. marketing, event production, and budget management) throughout the 10-week program. Following the brand of PRNS’s successful placemaking efforts like Viva CalleSJ, Viva Parks!, and It’s Happening! activation programming at Plaza de Cesar Chavez and St. James Park, PRNS looks to engage and mentor the next generation of civic leaders and community engagers through the program. San José high school students are encouraged to submit a Young Placemakers application before January 31, 2017. Young Placemakers application and program details can be found by visiting www.sanjoseca.gov/youngplacemakers. For more information, please contact Neil Rufino, PRNS Acting Deputy Director, at (408) 535-3508.