UrbanPlan is a realistic, engaging exercise in which participants—high school students, university students, or public officials—learn about the fundamental forces that affect real estate development in our communities. Participants experience the challenging issues, private and public sector roles, complex trade-offs, and fundamental economics in play when proposing realistic land use solutions to vexing growth challenges.
UrbanPlan in the Houston community
Trained UrbanPlan volunteers can have two roles:
Facilitate teams of students or public officials to redevelop a hypothetical blighted area via a public-private partnership, and
Serve on a mock city councils to judge presentations and select a winning team at the end of the session. All volunteers must first complete a daylong training session in which they learn the intricacies of the exercise and then how best to communicate their real life experience to the students in the classroom. Once the one time training is completed, the time demand on the volunteers is flexible and self scheduled as the program is run at multiple times and locations each semester.
What is required to become a Volunteer?
We require a full, one-day training (with some pre-training homework) for all volunteers. Once you're trained and begin volunteering, further training is optional based on your level of comfort in the program. Volunteering opportunities range from 15 minutes to a full day, depending on the program we are currently running.
Interested? Please fill out an application above via the "Register" button!