In partnership with the Center for Community Planning, the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association is urging friends and colleagues to join us in financially supporting the 2020 Summer City Planning Institute.
Launched in 2017, the summer program exposes urban public high school students to the importance of gaining a better understanding of their communities in the search for programs, policies and actions that can bring about the types of change they want. The Institute is designed to introduce students to the city planning process, the process of critically evaluating their communities, and working with government officials to make positive changes in the areas that they live. The program incorporates training from certified planners, guest speakers, field trips, and real-world application of state-of-the-art technology. Students host a final community forum where they present their findings and plans for their neighborhoods to government officials and local stakeholders.
Providing a Safe Learning Environment During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Due to the Covid-19 outbreak and the shift that many school districts have had to make to online learning, the City Planning Institute will shift to a new, project based online learning platform where students will engage in a hybrid program that incorporates direct instruction and presentations, guest speakers, daily activities, and independent/group research projects. Meetings will be held in an online classroom where enrolled students will receive live instruction via videoconferencing, meet with peers in small groups, receive tailored guidance from professional planners, and exchange ideas. Students will learn about community development and city planning from professionals in the field. They will be tasked with identifying a property in their own neighborhoods that they would like to see changed or redeveloped and guided through the virtual process of creating a redevelopment proposal for the elected officials in their communities. Their final projects will be presented to their community stakeholders at the commencement of the program.
Sample Final Work Product
In 2019, students from the Newark City Planning Institute formulated a “West Haven Redevelopment Project” and presented their work at this year’s New Jersey Planning Conference during the luncheon. Their analysis of existing conditions and the transformation of land featured a “chill spot”, sustainable farm and flower garden, a fresh food market and cafe, and a recreation center.