Celebrate With Youth and Students
National Community Planning Month offers innumerable opportunities to educate young people about the role planning has played in shaping their neighborhood, town or city, and surrounding region — and also to engage them in thinking of ways planning can make these places even better.
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APA's blog about all things youth and planning, including videos and podcasts.
This site is especially for kids themselves. It's a place where they can learn what planners do, post their own work, and learn about wonderful children's books that feature different communities.
Along with students' words and artwork, this e-newsletter gives Chicagoans and Chicago natives the opportunity to explain "what makes Chicago a great place to live."
The Urban Naturalist Guide, based on the book Genius of Common Sense: Jane Jacobs and the Story of The Death & Life of Great American Cities, leads you through a study of any neighborhood of your choice, camera and drawing pencils in hand.
This curriculum was developed by a third grade teacher — and planner — in the Bay Area. Metropolis was designed as a standards-based, interdisciplinary unit of study forgrades 3-6. It is intended for use by elementary classroom teachers and other adults who seek to expose children to a variety of urban forms from around the world.
Prepare yourself by reading Ramona Mullahey's article, "Youth Engagement in Planning" published in The Commissioner. You may copy and share this article with others.
Children's Book Club on Planning
Create a book club discussion for children in your community. Planners Book Club has featured two children's books. A Street Through Time shows young people how a city develops.
Career Information for School Visits
Two handy flyers are available for download and copying. Plan It provides a concise definition of planning and profiles one planner. Resources for Teachers and Planners is a useful handout for teachers and provides planners with ideas for developing youth activities.
Try this lesson plan from APA and teach your students the history of how their community was planned. Learn how it has evolved. Your students can also learn about the profession of urban and regional planning with the Plan It handout.
Take Planning to the Classroom
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Teach high school students various aspects of planning by having them create a new neighborhood within their community. The City of Austin Neighborhood Planning and Zoning Department worked with a freshman geography class to teach elements of sound land-use and green community principles. The students were provided with various neighborhood maps that had a center portion excised out so they could create their own neighborhood. Students were encouraged to be creative while still considering the existing surrounding neighborhoods and incorporating sustainable elements.