We are halfway through our year-long Pilot Program. APA Ambassadors have been active at schools and community events, raising awareness about the importance of planning and the profession.
Check out some of the coverage:
- Miguel Vazquez, AICP: Career day at Alcott Elementary in Riverside, California
- Anthony Grande, AICP: Engaging 5th and 6th graders in Unalaska, Alaska
- Amanda Douglas: Pinellas Park's Better Block event in Florida
- Keith Woodcock, AICP CEP: Visit to SAM Academy in Sanger, California
Resources for Ambassadors
Make sure to check these pages to support your efforts. You will find sample presentations, games, outreach materials, as required materials for tracking your activities.
Who Are APA Ambassadors?
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.
At right, APA Diversity Task Force Member Miguel A. Vazquez is inspiring the next generation 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.)
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.
Email APA's Director of Emerging Professionals, Monica Groh, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.