Interested in becoming a volunteer? Our next training will be held on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at ADD Inc from 10:30am to 6:30pm. Click here for an application. More information on becoming a volunteer can be found here. Questions? Email Ileana Tauscher at firstname.lastname@example.org
“At Boston Latin School, urban planning from the pros” – Click here for the full Boston Globe piece that originally appeared on February 18, 2014. UrbanPlan is a realistic, engaging, and academically challenging classroom-based, Web-supported program in which students learn the roles, issues, trade-offs, and economics involved in urban development. It provides our future voters, neighbors, community leaders, public officials, and land use professionals with a hands-on experience in developing realistic land use solutions to vexing urban growth challenges.
What is UrbanPlan? UrbanPlan is a realistic, engaging, and academically challenging classroom-based, Web-supported program in which students learn the roles, issues, trade-offs, and economics involved in urban development. It provides our future voters, neighbors, community leaders, public officials, and land use professionals with a hands-on experience in developing realistic land use solutions to vexing urban growth challenges. The Time Commitment Once you have made the decision to attend the one-time all day UP training, which requires 4-6 hours of preparation prior to the training session, you are qualified for all volunteer positions.
You need only commit to participating a minimum of twice a year and can elect to spend as little as three hours per year in the classroom once you are trained…but no one ever does! The majority of our volunteers come back again and again to participate in UrbanPlan facilitations at Boston area high schools and universities.
Training The training will run most of the day, and trainees are required to spend an additional 6-8 hours of preparation time prior to January 8th. After the initial time spent “in the classroom” with national UrbanPlan director, Paula Blasier, volunteers can commit to as few as three hours of volunteer time a year – although most of our volunteers are eager to spend as much time in the classroom as possible! Following training, volunteers are eligible to work with students from area high schools as well as college students at the undergraduate and graduate level. Volunteers from ULI Boston are currently working with students from five schools in Boston, Cambridge, Brookline, Bedford, and Boston University.
What your colleagues say… The UrbanPlan training is absolutely the best training of any kind that I have ever attended! The session is fast-paced and thoroughly enjoyable. The training materials are very well put together, succinctly capturing the complexities of the problem and process. – Tim Pattison, Director of Real Estate, Partners HealthCare System, Inc, Boston, MA
What the students say… I now understand the problems that companies and cities face when it comes to new development projects like these….There is always something you could add to make your project better, but for every one of those, there is also a tradeoff and you need to decide what is more important. UrbanPlan really tied everything pertaining to Economics together. It incorporated everthing from supply and demand to opportunity costs to profit. – Jill, Boston Latin School Senior