In late May, ULI Washington volunteers worked with 240 high-school students as they participated in UrbanPlan, a classroom curriculum in which students learn about the fundamental forces that affect development in the United States. ULI Washington offers UrbanPlan at five high-schools and three Universities in the D.C. region, with this spring’s programs taking place at Bethesda Chevy-Chase High School and Robinson Secondary School. Through the two-week UrbanPlan curriculum, students work in development teams to analyze and respond to a hypothetical “Request for Proposal” for the redevelopment of a blighted urban area. At Bethesda Chevy-Chase and Robinson Secondary, which have both offered UrbanPlan for several years, students learned about concepts such as adjacency of uses and return on investment, and also had to make tough decisions about balancing divergent community interests. More than 30 ULI members volunteered with the program this spring, many working with the students several times and at both schools. Volunteers spend between one and three hours volunteering for an individual classroom session.
The next opportunity to become trained as an UrbanPlan volunteer will take place in August. To learn more about the UrbanPlan program or to sign up for the training, contact Alia Anderson, ULI Washington Director of Community Outreach, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 240-497-1919 x 103.