Youth and Teachers

Planners play an active role in working with young people to build their awareness and appreciation for planning. Use these resources to engage youth in thinking and learning about their communities.

APA Resources

Metropolis: A Green City of Your Own

Download this free curriculum developed by a third grade teacher — and planner — in the Bay Area. Metropolis was designed as a standards-based, interdisciplinary unit of study for grades 3-6. It is intended for use by elementary classroom teachers and other adults who look to expose children to a variety of urban forms from around the world.

Genius of Common Sense coverUrban Naturalist Guide

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.

Introducing Planning


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.

Discussion questions

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City Detective Lesson Plan

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 new flyers on planning topics (see the links at left).

Youth Flyers and Reports

Handy flyers for kids on five different planning topics are available for download and copying. Another flyer provides teachers and planners with ideas for developing youth activities. Also below: a PAS Report on youth participation in planning.

What Is Planning? (pdf)

What Is Comprehensive Planning? (pdf)

What Is Environmental Planning? (pdf)

What Is Transportation Planning? (pdf)

What Is Urban Design Planning? (pdf)

Resources for Teachers and Planners (pdf)

PAS Report: Youth Participation in Community Planning (pdf)

Kids' Planning Toolbox

APA's blog focuses on youth engagement and education, with up-to-the-minute news about youth planning resources. Recent posts highlight programs on healthy food, urban design, energy efficiency, geography and maps, sustainability, and historic preservation.

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Kids & Community logoKids & Community

This is APA's website for kids. Create crazy city stories, post pictures in the City Gallery, and plan a scavenger hunt around your community. Read about books that explain planning to kids. Find out just what planners do.

Youth Planning Charrettes

Include youth in the planning process using the guidelines provided in Youth Planning Charrettes, a practical guidebook for developing effective, interactive workshops for young people addressing real-world planning issues.

What Is Planning?

Planning is a profession that works to improve the welfare of people and their communities by creating more convenient, equitable, healthful, efficient, and attractive places for present and future generations.

Planning Schools

Most planners attend school for a degree in planning. Explore the degrees of planning and how to find the right school for you.

College Students

College students play an active role in APA. Find out more about membership and activities for APA student members.


There are many scholarships available to those looking to attend college for planning. See what's available.