High School Students! Help your community plan for the future!


The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is committed to helping the 284 municipalities of  the seven counties of the northeastern Illinois region plan for a better future. But we need your help to get the word out.  As you reach out to constituents during the brief recess, we ask that you share the following information about two of CMAP’s most popular initiatives – a program to help your municipal and county leaders and a leadership development program for high school students.

Does your community need some assistance with planning for the future? Join regional leaders at a symposium on the Local Technical Assistance program.


2017 Technical Assistance Symposium.  Register today for the 2017 Technical Assistance Symposium on Tuesday, May 16, at Roosevelt University (Murray-Green Library, Auditorium Building, 430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago), co-hosted by CMAP and the RTA.

The symposium will mark the release of the 2017 Call for Projects for the LTA and Community Planning programs.  In addition to leaning about potential technical assistance opportunities, attendees will have the chance to discuss best practices with past award recipients and get one-on-one input on the application process.  Elected officials, municipal and county planners and staff, community-based organizations, nonprofits, civic organizations, and consulting firms that work with communities are encouraged to attend.  The cost is $30.

Do you know a high school student with big ideas for their community and the region? Check out CMAP’s summer program.

Future Leaders in Planning leadership development program.  CMAP offers a free program for teens have a voice in the future of the Chicago region, too. If you know a high school student who wants to help make their community a better place, encourage them to apply for CMAP's Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) program.  Watch this video to learn more about experiences of previous FLIP graduates and read a recap of the 2016 program.

Application materials are due May 15 for the July program.