UrbanPlan Volunteer Training
UrbanPlan is a realistic, engaging, and academically demanding classroom-based curriculum in which students learn about the fundamental forces that affect development in the United States.
Student development teams respond to a request for proposals (RFP) to redevelop a five-and-a-half-block site in the mythical city of Yorktown. Through the process, they discover the dynamic, often frustrating, fundamental challenges of development: how the forces of our market economy clash and collaborate with the forces of our representative democracy to create the built environment.
At strategic points during the project, land use professionals, who have attended a full day of UrbanPlan volunteer training, interact several times with the student teams.
- As “facilitators,” through Socratic interaction, volunteers challenge the students to think more critically about the UrbanPlan issues and the specific responsibilities of their “role” (financial analyst, marketing director, site planner, city liaison, neighborhood liaison).
- As “presenters,” UrbanPlan volunteers engage in interactive discussions with students on the member’s own project work or specific professional challenges. Through thoughtful questioning, the presenter helps students relate these issues and decisions to struggles the students are experiencing in UrbanPlan.
- As “city council,” UrbanPlan volunteers hear student presentations, challenge their proposals as would happen in an actual city council hearing, and award the development contract to the winning development team.
There is no fee to attend the training! Once you attend the training, you are trained for life and can volunteer as much or as little as you’d like.