APA Ambassadors

Due to a high number of applicants the online window is now closed. Please contact Monica Groh, mgroh@planning.org, if you are still interested in participating. We will do our best to accommodate as many volunteers as we can.

The committee is currently reviewing our pool of volunteers. We will send a notification soon about matches and an orientation webinar (tentatively scheduled for early September).

Please note that the Pilot Program will be evaluated over the next year. Please check back for info on participants and events. We will announce the next round of applications if/when applicable. E-mail Monica Groh, mgroh@planning.org, if you have any questions.

Planner and APA Diversity Task Force Member Miguel A. Vazquez, AICP, 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 Credit: Daisy RamirezAPA 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:

  • Universities
  • 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.)