Task Force

Youth provide unique and fresh voices to the dialogue about creating great places. The Youth in Planning Task Force aims to raise youth awareness of the importance of their voice informing our future and to provide resources for teachers, planners, and public officials to engage youth in planning processes that generate lasting value. 

Request for Qualifications

The Youth in Planning Taskforce of the Washington Chapter of the American Planning Association is pleased to release a request for qualifications (RFQ) for assistance with writing and project management of Chapter one of Washington, My Home - a graphic novel about planning in Washington state.

Inspired by Chicago Architecture Center's graphic novel No Small Plans, our aim is to create an engaging tool to raise youth awareness of their civic responsibility and potential to influence decisions that make their own communities better places to live for all.

The tool - a graphic novel - would use stories that reflect planning issues relevant to different areas in our state and feature youth as change agents in their communities exploring the breadth of community values that come into play when deciding how land gets used. Please see our RFQ for more details.


Youth Outreach and Engagement
See examples of initiatives different jurisdictions took to get youth involved in their planning processes. Find activities that focus on particular planning topics such as comprehensive planning, land use, transportation, sustainability, housing and human services, equity and urban design.

Career day
Give an introduction to the planning profession at a local school or job fair. 

Tips & Tricks
Learn best practices for connecting with teachers, developing successful projects, and empowering youth from planners who have already gotten their feet wet bringing planning into schools.


Check out a host of projects on different planning topics that cover core academic subjects including interdisciplinary studies, social studies, science, integrated environment and sustainability, technology, mathematics, English language arts, and the arts.

Project Highlight: Fifth and Sixth Graders Learn How to Plan a City as Part of the University of Washington's Summer Challenge Program

Youth and Local Government

What matters to YOUth?
Learn about youth priorities and what is important to them in their communities.

What is planning?
Discover fun videos and websites that provide synopses of the world of planning.

How to get your great ideas heard by City Hall?
See examples of actions youth took to get their voice heard.

Youth Boards, Councils
Learn about communities with formal structures for youth involvement.

Volunteer and Internship Opportunities
Locate communities with positions for youth volunteers and interns.


Other Resources

Click on the links below to find a host of other resources available to youth, teachers, planners and local governments for engaging youth in planning:

Share Your Experience

Help us learn effective ways of engaging youth by sharing your experiences. Contact the Youth in Planning Task Force Co-chairs for the APA WA Chapter: Steve Butler at [email protected], or Gwen Rousseau at [email protected]

Current task force members also include: Olivia Marie Schronce, Darryl Eastin, Gwen Rousseau, Paula Reeves, Melanie Mayock, Rosey Atkinson, Dee Caputo, Stephanie Velasco, and Dave Andersen.