UrbanPlan for High Schools
What is UrbanPlan?
UrbanPlan is a realistic, engaging, and academically challenging classroom-based, project-based program in which students learn the roles, issues, trade-offs, and economics involved in urban development.
It provides high school students – our future voters, neighbors, community leaders, public officials, and land use professionals – with a hands-on experience in developing realistic land use solutions to vexing urban growth challenges.
The Time Commitment
Once you have made the decision to attend the one-time, all day UrbanPlan training, which requires 4-6 hours of preparation prior to the training session, you are qualified for all volunteer positions.
You need only commit to participating a minimum of twice a year and can elect to spend as little as three hours per year in the classroom once you are trained…but no one ever does! The majority of volunteers come back again and again to participate in UrbanPlan facilitations.
What ULI colleagues say…
The UrbanPlan training is absolutely the best training of any kind that I have ever attended! The session is fast-paced and thoroughly enjoyable. The training materials are very well put together, succinctly capturing the complexities of the problem and process.
What the students say…
I now understand the problems that companies and cities face when it comes to new development projects like these….There is always something you could add to make your project better, but for every one of those, there is also a tradeoff and you need to decide what is more important. UrbanPlan really tied everything pertaining to Economics together. It incorporated everthing from supply and demand to opportunity costs to profit.