Apply by August 31, 2015, to participate in APA's Ambassador Pilot Program.
Where will the next generation of planners come from? Maybe from the universities, colleges, and high schools in your hometown? Or from a young leader you meet at a community event?
You can have a direct and powerful influence on the next generation of planners as an APA Ambassador.
APA Ambassadors are active members of the American Planning Association of any age and level of experience who volunteer their time, experience, and talents to advance the public understanding of planning and promote the planning profession. Through this program, APA particularly hopes to reach future planners with diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.
Ambassadors may conduct the program, either as individuals or as a team, at:
- Community Colleges
- High Schools
- Community Based Organizations
- Neighborhood Leadership Academies
- Community Councils, etc.
Wondering what this could look like? Check out how planner and APA Diversity Task Force Member Miguel A. Vazquez, AICP, is inspiring the next generation at a California elementary school. At right, Vazquez is pictured at a community art and music festival in Coachella, California, raising awareness around the importance of knowing what planning is and what planners do. (Photo by Daisy Ramirez.)
Become an Ambassador
Commit to one year of volunteer service, during which you will conduct at least two informational sessions. The events and locations are up to you. APA is creating an "Ambassador Toolkit," full of resources and examples to help you succeed, and you provide us with feedback about the program itself.
You need to be a current APA member to participate.