ULI Minnesota: UrbanPlan New Volunteer Training


Friday, October 23rd, 2020
9:00am - 3:30pm CDT


Become a ULI MN UrbanPlan Volunteer! Until we are able to safely be together again in-person, we will be working with local high school students virtually! Volunteers accepted into the program must attend a one-day virtual training session. Trained volunteers serve (virtually) in the high school classroom as Facilitators or as members of a mock City Council for final student presentations.
Rachel Keenan will follow up with a required volunteer application and child protection policy form.
UrbanPlan is a realistic, engaging and academically challenging high school classroom curriculum in which students learn the roles, issues, economics and trade-offs involved in urban development.

The mission of UrbanPlan is to generate more positive and informed dialogue about land use at the local level through the education of students – our future voters, neighbors, public officials, and land use professionals.
UrbanPlan Volunteers:
  • Participate in a rewarding experience with local high school students.
  • Enjoy professional development and knowledge sharing.
  • Interact with other mission-oriented professionals.
  • Positively impact the next generation of citizens.
Effective UrbanPlan facilitators have:
  • extensive development project experience
  • the patience to question rather than advise or coach
  • the time and willingness to learn the details of the UP “case”
The most effective UrbanPlan city council members have:
  • development project experience
  • have presented to city councils, planning commissions, etc.
  • assume and maintain the “city council member” role and do not lapse into “academic advisor,” “kindly adult,” “design charrette jury” behavior.
  • have the time and willingness to learn the details of the UP “case”