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. 

Team Chosen to Create a Graphic Novel about Planning in Washington

By Gwen Rousseau, AICP, co-Chair of the Youth in Planning Taskforce

The Youth in Planning Taskforce recently selected the team of Gabrielle Lyon, Devin Mawdsley and Kayce Bayer, the creators of No Small Plans, to produce a graphic novel about planning in Washington state featuring youth as change agents in their communities.

Shane Hope, who initially brought the idea to the Youth in Planning Taskforce, writes, “we are super excited to be working with this team. They have a proven track record of delivering strong stories and profound art that catalyze conversations about how planning works and why community involvement matters.” In addition to having experience producing engaging stories, team members are educators who are dedicated to helping youth realize their full potential as active and engaged members of their communities. With the legislature’s mandate requiring a one-half credit stand-alone course in civics beginning with the 2020-21 school year, this novel could prove to be an inspiring tool for learning how local decisions get made while raising youth awareness of the importance of their voice in forming the future of their local communities.

Want to stay informed about the project? Email [email protected] with Washington, My Home in the subject line, and we'll be sure to keep you in the know, share sneak peeks and any exciting news.


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.