New Planners Need New Manuals
You'll learn about:
- Ways to explain urban planning principles to pre-collegiate audiences
- How to make your planning project fun, personalized and accessible in order to encourage young people to want to be involved
- The benefits of active experience-based projects as well as passive feedback techniques
- Unique perspectives shared by young people involved with planning for their communities
- A city-wide strategy to infuse urban planning and civic education into 6-10th grade curricula
- Tthe benefits of youth sharing their insights with the larger community, and how that can help to spur creative thinking and generate new approaches to planning and problem-solving
Low-income youth and young people of color are less likely than their peers to have access to high quality civic learning experiences. Meira Levinson, in Leave no Citizen Behind (Levinson, 2012), outlines a "...profound civic empowerment gap...between ethnographical minority, naturalized, and especially poor citizens, on one hand, and white, native-born, and especially middle-class and wealthy citizens on the other." African-American students report fewer civic-oriented government classes, and Latinos are afforded fewer community service opportunities and open classroom environments (Kahne and Middaugh, 2008)
These disparities lead to differences in civic engagement including voting, volunteering, contacting elected officials and donating to charitable causes. This civic empowerment gap weakens the quality and integrity of our democracy.
Inspired by the 1911 Wacker’s Manual, The Chicago Architecture Foundation created a new graphic novel, “No Small Plans,” which explores the intersection between urban planning and civic engagement through the adventures of young people in Chicago’s past, present and future as they wrestle with why design matters and what it will take to plan and develop the city they need and deserve.
In this session, planners will have the opportunity to consider rationales and methods for involving youth in urban planning in ways that address the civic engagement opportunity gap.
, Chicago Architecture Foundation
Confirmed SpeakerGabrielle Lyon is a non-profit leader, educator and public speaker on STEM and education reform. In 1999 she cofounded Project Exploration, a nationally recognized nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the face of science for underserved minority youth and girls. In 2012 Lyon launched the Chicago STEM Pathways Cooperative, a community-based effort to document Chicago's out-of-school-time STEM landscape and support the nonprofit, social, business and government sectors to cooperate on building pathways into STEM for Chicago’s young people. At the Chicago Architecture Foundation Lyon is responsible for engaging youth, educators, mentors and families to explore the built environment and design thinking through in-person and online experiences Lyon’s honors include representing the International Association of Educators for World Peace as a delegate to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, addressing the U.N. Subcommittee on Human Rights on “The Prevention of Racism and the Protection of Minorities,” in 1995 She was recognized as one of “Tomorrow’s Leaders Today” by Public Allies in 1999, one of the Community Renewal Society’s “35 Under 35″ in 2007, and a recipient of The Chicago Community Trust Fellowship in 2009. Under her leadership, Project Exploration received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring in 2009, was named a national model by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology in 2010, and in 2011 was recognized with an “Excellence in Summer Learning Award” from the National Summer Learning Association. In 2011 Chicago Magazine named Lyon a “Chicagoan of the Year.” In 2012 she was named a National After School Champion by the After School Alliance. Lyon earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in History from the University of Chicago, and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has a certificate in Nonprofit Management from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, where she is an Adjunct Lecturer of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
, Camiros, Ltd.
Confirmed SpeakerAs a Principal at Camiros, Ltd., Adam Rosa, AICP has 18 years of experience in creating implementable planning and design concepts focused on placemaking and improving existing neighborhoods. In his work with communities from Buffalo to Birmingham to Brownsville, Adam continuously strives to generate creative ideas and solutions that capture the culture, spirit and potential of the local area. He is a gifted facilitator and has a natural ability to put diverse groups of people at ease in public meetings stimulate constructive dialogue. Adam has led Camiros’ Choice Neighborhoods planning efforts focused on the revitalization of distressed public housing areas and has been highly involved with the Green Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative for City of Chicago, which is a strategy to maximize the use of vacant land and other neighborhood resources within several of Chicago’s South Side communities. Adam has been honored as one of NextCity’s 40-under-40 Vanguard and has recently been inducted into 2016 class of Lambda Alpha International for his work in neighborhood planning and revitalization.