Captivating Youth Engagement
You'll learn about:
The array of approaches taken to engaging youth in planning
How to identify a project or an opportunity
Tips and techniques for working with youth
The unexpected results when young people engage with and in planning
Planning offers many opportunities for bringing youth into the action. Hear about engaging programs that developed from different planning issues and used varying approaches. Planners share their insights about works well with young people and how to convey the value of planning to communities. Examples include APA’s Ambassadors program, Columbia University’s campus expansion and community engagement efforts, and Pratt Institute’s outreach efforts. More and more planners are recognizing the importance of youth in planning, but there is no one perfect model for success. Experience the range of programs and come with your questions on how to implement a program in your community.
Increasingly, planners are reaching out to youth. These efforts can include having young people serve on planning commissions, design committees, or even the city council. Other efforts are more short term and may take place when a specific plan is being developed, such as a parks and recreation plan. This session will explore some of the scope of these efforts and reveal who is spearheading these efforts.
One case study will explain a large development project undertaken by Columbia University as it expanded. The program served as both public engagement and education. A second example grew out of the Pratt Center for Art, Design, and Community Engagement K-12. Other examples will come from APA's Ambassador program that was inaugerated in the past year. You'll hear how planners created the opportunity to go into the classroom or add a new dimension to a planning project underway.
Learn about the institutional support for these projects and assess what resources you might need to undertake your own project.
Attendees will gain insight, explore strategies, and learn about how to make these efforts truely captivating for young people.
, Columbia University
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerMaxine Griffith, AICP Maxine Griffith holds the title of Executive Vice President for Government and Community Affairs at Columbia University and also serves as a Special Advisor for Campus Planning. Reporting to Columbia’s President, Ms. Griffith brings a strong background in urban planning and design to her role as a key member of the leadership team planning for the University’s 17 acre, 6 billion dollar Manhattanville campus. She led the effort to take the project through the complex New York City and State approval processes and is also responsible for Columbia's relationships with government, civic organizations and community residents. From 2000 to 2005, Griffith served as Executive Director of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission and Secretary (Deputy Mayor) for Strategic Planning. During that time, among other accomplishments, Griffith updated the Center City (Central Business District) plan, revised the City’s antiquated residential zoning text, developed a traveling exhibit documenting the history of two of Philadelphia’s African-American communities and established an innovative Planner’s Exchange Program with the City of Wenzhou, China. During this period she also received two national awards from the American Planning Association. Prior to her appointment in Philadelphia, Griffith served in the Clinton administration at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), first as the Regional Director for New York and New Jersey, and then in Washington as HUD's Assistant Deputy Secretary. From 1988 to 1996 she was Principal of Griffith Planning & Design, a firm providing planning, urban design and development services to a diverse list of clients. Ms. Griffith was an appointee to the New York City Planning Commission, a post that she held for 6 years. She has served on the National Planning Accreditation Board, the Board of Directors of the American Planning Association, and the Lincoln Land Institute /Lincoln Foundation. Ms. Griffith has also been an awards jurist for the International Downtown Association and has served as resource faculty for the Mayor’s Institute on City Design and the National Democratic Institute of International Affairs. She is presently a director on the boards of the Architectural League of New York, the Regional Plan Association and The Design Trust for Public Space. Maxine Griffith was born in Harlem, New York and holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of California, Berkeley. She has taught city planning and urban design at Columbia University, New York University and the University of Pennsylvania. She is an accredited member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. ne
, Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc.
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerMary Miltimore, AICP is a Senior Community Planner and Designer with Fitzgerald and Halliday, Inc. (FHI), based out of their New York City office. She graduated from the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Design with a Master in City Planning and concentration in Urban Design. Ms. Miltimore specializes in Community Planning and Design, Mobility Planning, and Public Involvement, and her experience includes corridor studies, urban design, park planning, bicycle and pedestrian planning, complete streets, market analyses, community engagement, and village/ neighborhood plans. Her commitment to planning and design that promotes a sense of community and celebrates a place’s existing assets while striving to thoughtfully achieve its future potential and enhancing its daily users’ lives is clearly evident throughout her work. She helped lead the Boston Post Road Corridor Plan project for the Lower Connecticut River Valley Council of Governments, which received the 2015 Regional Plan Award from the Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association, and has presented that work at numerous conferences, including the 2014 Women in Transportation (WTS) Miniseries and 2015 Southern New England American Planning Association (SNEAPA) conference. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), the American Planning Association's Ambassador Program, and a national allied individual member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
, Gilsanz Murray Steficek LLP
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerPetr chairs the Young Planners Group for the APA New York Metro Chapter. This committee oversees the chapter's mentorship and "Youth in Planning" programs. Petr's professional experience includes urban planning, real estate finance & development, construction management, and structural engineering. He currently directs communications for Gilsanz Murray Steficek and has previously served as Director of Development at Quadriad Realty Partners, Acting Director of Research at CUNY's Newman Real Estate Institute, and Project Engineer at AvalonBay Communities. Petr studied City & Regional Planning (MS) at Pratt Institute and Real Estate & Metropolitan Development (BS) at Baruch College, CUNY.
Confirmed SpeakerKate Selden is an Urban Planning Consultant and Educator in New York City. Kate’s work focuses on blending urban planning and education. She is passionate about increasing equity, access and accountability in urban planning in New York City, especially for young people. She works through various avenues to host interactive educational workshops about the urban environment and coordinates youth research on place-based urban planning issues. Viewing the city as an ecosystem, Kate strives to nurture a strong sense of community stewardship, including the ecological community, in people of all ages. Currently, Kate works as an Environmental Educator with Nature-based, a Brooklyn-based firm that does ecologically-aligned planning, design, and education. She also works with Y-PLAN NYC (Youth - Plan, Learn, Act, Now), an organization that empowers young people in schools to tackle real-world problems in their communities through place-based projects. Finally, Kate consults as a Junior Planner with Pinchina Consulting, focusing on land use planning and other community engagement projects in New York City. Kate's previous experience includes fellowships at City Council, Pratt Center for Community Development, and S.W.I.M. Coalition. Before starting her career in urban planning, Kate worked as a paralegal in family and education law at a Legal Aid organization in Chicago. Kate is a member of the APA NY Metro Chapter Diversity Committee, serving on the Executive Committee and Co-Coordinating school workshops for Diversity Committee members. Kate holds of Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Tufts University in Somerville, MA, and a Masters of Science in City and Regional Planning from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.
Confirmed SpeakerMonica is responsible for the direction and management of APA’s programming focused on students and young professionals. She brings over 10 years of experience in creating and managing engagement programs for a diverse set of audiences including students, young professionals, certified planners, academics, and more. Most recently she created the APA Ambassador Program which empowers APA member volunteers to engage with local youth and community leaders about the value of planning and the planning profession. She has also developed numerous career development programs that have been modeled throughout APA’s local chapters and divisions, such as APA’s Mentor Match, Career Reality Webinar Series, Emerging Professionals Institute, the Career Zone, and others. She is member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and is seeking Certified Association Executive (CAE) certification. Prior to joining APA she was a legislative correspondent with U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman in Washington, DC.