FLIP 2017 Application
Are you concerned about having better parks? How about the streets in your community? Have you ever wondered why the mall is where it is? Why your school is located where it is? Do you wish someone would do something to make life better for you, your family, or your community? If so, apply to be a part of the 2017 Future Leaders in Planning Summer Youth Leadership Development Program!

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is looking for high school students who want to learn about our seven-county Chicago region and urban planning while interacting with other students from Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties. CMAP is interested in your ideas about how to make northeastern Illinois a better place to live, go to school, work, and play.

About FLIP
Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) is a leadership development opportunity offered free-of-charge to students who can contribute ideas to help create a better future for our region. The program began in September 2008. Participants in the 2017 summer program will learn more about the northeastern Illinois region and share their thoughts with other students from Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will Counties. Participants will also meet and interact with regional leaders who make key planning decisions in our communities.
CMAP Future Leaders in Planning video
FLIP students will learn about past, present, and future regional issues from elected officials, community leaders, and CMAP staff. Through multimedia tools, interactive activities, and field trips, students will go “behind the scenes” to explore our region’s communities. Not only will students learn how the region works, but they'll contribute their own ideas about how residents’ lives can be improved through better planning.

Students will meet and work with planners, engineers, architects, and policy makers to learn about the fundamental principles of coordinated planning and government. Through learning exercises and excursions, participants will explore the benefits and challenges of planning issues including transportation, air quality, human services, land use, and water supply. In addition to learning how local governments interact to address these important regional needs, students will have opportunities to engage with other students to think about the ways planning could be improved.

Have you ever thought about what happens at the airport beyond the check-in counter? Have you considered how 911 call centers work? Do you know what a “green roof” is? These are the types of questions and activities FLIP participants will explore. Participants will investigate regional issues by:

• Forming committees with other participants.
• Taking their ideas to elected officials who work to make change.
• Debating and voting on the recommendations they have crafted to create a more prosperous northeastern Illinois region.

Each year, FLIP students are empowered to develop a final product to showcase the planning and leadership skills they have learned over the course of the program. This year, students will work on program activities to help inform the next regional comprehensive plan ON TO 2050. Students will present their findings to family and friends, as well as CMAP Board members and staff.

Program Schedule
The 2017 Summer FLIP program begins in July 2017. All participants must commit to attending the orientation session and the six days of the program. The weekday sessions will begin at 10:00 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m.

All sessions will be chaperoned by CMAP staff. Please note that lunch will be provided at each of the weekday sessions at no cost to parents/guardians. All sessions will begin and end at CMAP offices, located in the Willis Tower at 233 South Wacker Drive, Suite 800, Chicago, IL. Should students require financial assistance to ensure their travel to/from our offices, CMAP will provide financial assistance (see application). To experience the full benefits of the program, attendance at all sessions is required.

Please note: There is no charge or fee to participate in the Future Leaders in Planning program. The dates of commitment are as follows:

• Saturday, July 15, 2017: Parent Orientation
• Monday, July 24, 2017: Session 1 (first youth-only session)
• Tuesday, July 25, 2017: Session 2
• Wednesday, July 26, 2017: Session 3
• Thursday, July 27, 2017: Session 4
• Friday, July 28, 2017: Session 5
• Saturday, July 29, 2017: Open House and Final Presentation

Program Benefits
FLIP is a great opportunity for students to learn about the world of urban planning and to get hands-on experience working to address planning issues in their community. FLIP is an opportunity to:

• Build your college resume and gain valuable hands-on experience.
• Expand and enhance your soft-skills to become a better listener, observer, writer, and presenter
• Learn how to become a community advocate, how to serve on a community board, and how to facilitate a meeting.
• Receive an optional letter of recommendation.
• Receive community service credit hours.
• Learn about new professions and possible career paths in urban planning, urban design, sustainability, public policy, government, transportation, engineering, environmental planning, water supply, community development, and public engagement.

For more information, please visit www.cmap.illinois.gov/about/involvement/flip.

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