ULI Washington News

UrbanPlan 2017 Mid-Year Update

Washington-Lee High School City Council Day Fall 2017

ULI Washington continues its track record of exposing area youth to complex urban planning and development issues through its experiential learning curriculum, UrbanPlan.

Since the 2016-2017 school year began, ULI Washington volunteers have contributed to successful UrbanPlan programs at Washington-Lee High School and at Georgetown University. Two additional programs are scheduled this spring at regional high schools: Wakefield High School in Arlington (March) and Bethesda Chevy Chase in Bethesda (May-June).

Conceived by ULI in conjunction with UC-Berkeley, UrbanPlan has reached over 20,000 high school and university students across the country since 2003. In the Metropolitan Washington Region, over 2,500 students have gone through the UrbanPlan curriculum. UrbanPlan is designed to challenge students in the areas of public speaking, communications, team dynamics, creativity, decision-making environmental sciences, sociology and geography. Over the course of the UrbanPlan exercise, ULI members who are local land use professionals interact with students as “facilitators” in the classroom. Volunteers challenge students to think more critically about the UrbanPlan issues and the specific responsibilities of the students assigned roles as finance directors, marketing directors, city liaisons, neighborhood liaisons, and site planners.

UrbanPlan thrives due to the generosity and commitment of ULI Washington’s members, who volunteer their time to facilitate groups of students by asking probing questions about land use and development. Volunteering with UrbanPlan is a great way to interact with students, share your subject matter expertise and connect with fellow ULI members,

Special thanks to the following Fall 2016 and Winter 2017 volunteers; Dan Anderton, Susan Bell, Paul Angelone, Sean Geygan, Brian Grindall, Sheri Thompson, Amy Friedlander, Paul Moyer, Roderick Maribojoc, Melina Duggal, Wynne Kwan, Payton Chung, Emily Haggerty, Ellen Mendelsohn, Eduardo Han, and Andrew Rashid.

If you are interested in volunteering for this program, ULI Washington will host a New Volunteer Training at our 2001 L St NW Washington, DC 20036 office on Thursday May 11th from 10:30am – 5:30pm. Immediately following this training, ULI Washington will host an UrbanPlan Social as an opportunity for new volunteers to network with existing volunteers and receive end of year updates on the program. You can find more details and registration information for these events under ULI Washington’s Events page.

Click here to learn more about ULI Washington’s UrbanPlan program and be sure to check out our display table at the upcoming 2017 Trends Conference on Tuesday April 25th

Questions about the program and upcoming new volunteer trainings may be directed to Jacqueline Canales, Manager at jacqueline.canales@uli.org.

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