By Chuc Luu

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Photo by Chuc Luu

In the California Central Valley sits the 209 Ultimate community, a collective of approximately 300 members from all walks of life.There’s the Monday night pickup crew, league players, the beer buds who come out on the odd Saturday, the retired college players, and the youth; a mushpot of players of varying levels coming together to enjoy the sport of ultimate.

When I first started playing in the fifth grade, we had fifteen players in the youth program. In my five years at 209 Ultimate, I have seen countless faces pass through. While the youth scene as a…


By Kiana Hu

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Photo by Ron Sellers

The end of sophomore year in high school usually means the beginning of SATs, college apps, and stress. For me, it also meant the end of my P.E. requirement and an anxious realization that I needed to start getting exercise on my own, causing me to reluctantly join my school’s ultimate frisbee team.

Everything after that happened in a blur. The team, a combination of my good friends and cool people that I wanted to get to know, motivated me to go to every practice, work hard, and improve. …


By Mia Beeman-Weber

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Photo by GURLS Program

Background:

In my experience, whenever gender equity and sexism come up in ultimate they are met by a lot of defensiveness or ignorance from boys. It makes sense that this happens given how and when it is brought up. In order to try to change the resistance that comes up, I wanted to reach out to boys to see what they thought would be a more effective way of having discussions and conversations about gender equity and sexism in ultimate. After many interviews with boys on my team (Berkeley High School Coup), I got ideas on how I…


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Last month, I had the opportunity to present on my recent work with Alameda County Public Health Department’s East Oakland Innovators program at the 2018 CityMatCH Conference in Portland, OR.

East Oakland Innovators is a community engagement program that uses a human-centered design framework to support residents in identifying and investigating community health challenges in their neighborhood, generating solutions, and testing prototypes with funding support from ACPHD. Tackling issues such as healthy food access and creating mental health resources for high school students, East Oakland Innovators receive training in human-centered design methods and public health 101. …


This post includes my reflections as a practitioner in the public sector and some key takeaways from my experience at CivicMakers’ recent training on Human-Centered Community Engagement.

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Last month I got a much needed dose of inspiration and energy when I attended CivicMakers’ Human-Centered Community Engagement training. I arrived at the training on a Friday morning a bit weary from wading through that week’s flavor of bureaucracy. But most pleasantly, I left feeling supported and invigorated by the ideas and techniques presented by CivicMakers. CivicMakers is a strategic consulting firm that helps governments, nonprofits, and social enterprises create human-centered solutions…

Simone Saldanha

human-centered designer. youth leadership facilitator. ultimate frisbee player. improvisor.

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