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Get Involved in AICP Early!

Are you a planning student or recent graduate? APA has a new opportunity for you!

If you are in or have recently graduated from a program accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB), you can join the AICP Candidate Pilot Program, starting in November 2017.

The new AICP Candidate Pilot Program provides a path to start the process to earn the prestigious AICP Certification earlier. Join the program and sit for the AICP Certification Exam after you graduate, when you’re still in the test-taking mindset.

The criteria to become AICP remain the same, but the order of the steps changes.

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The Start of Future City 2017-2018 Is Around the Corner

It’s summer again: warm weather, poolside Sundays, seasonally-appropriate ice cream eating, and no school! School has now been out for a couple of weeks, and we’ve all forgotten what it’s like to get stuck in school traffic in the morning. However, the 2017-2018 schoolyear will be starting before you know it, and APAPASE wants to remind all of its members that there are many opportunities to volunteer for the upcoming 2018 Future City Competition for middle schoolers.

The Philadelphia Region Future City Steering Committee is hosting an Engineering Fair for future participants and collaborators in September. APAPASE encourages all interested schools, future mentors, volunteer judges, and event volunteers to attend.

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June 16 Engagement Committee Meeting

Large APA Pennsylvania SE Section LogoHave ideas for how APA Pennsylvania Southeast section can reach its members? Have suggestions for how better to get value from your membership? Share them during the Engagement Committee call. The Engagement Committee’s next call is Friday, June 16, 2016 at 2pm. Any interested section members are welcome to join by calling 1-866-245-0351 passcode 605275.

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Future City Philadelphia – Mentors and Volunteers Needed

It’s that time of year again.  Hopefully everyone had a great summer.  I can’t believe it’s over!   The school year is off to a great start.  To date 43  schools have signed up and have started designing their cities of the future.

Our greatest need at this stage of the competition is for mentors. Each school is assigned a mentor to work with the students and share their real world experiences to help them develop their future city.   Just 1 or 2 hours a week can make a big difference in how students approach their project and how they start to address it.  The following is a the current list of schools that need mentors:

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Starting This Week: APA Mentoring Program Lunch Series!

Join other planning graduate student at the APA Mentoring Program Lunch Series. This lunch series will feature professionals from a variety of planning fields with a discussion on their work and careers in the field.

Date & Time:   Tuesdays at 12:15PM

Location:          Meyerson Hall, Room B6

PennDesign, 210 S 34th Street

Pizza will be served!

For more information, please contact planningmentorpa@gmail.com

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Mentors Needed for Future City Philadelphia

Happy October from Future City Philadelphia.  The program is going strong with 46 schools registered.  Here is the current list of schools that need mentors:

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Sept. 23: “The Landscape” With Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger


“The Landscape” with Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger

September 23rd 6:00 PM

Meyerson Hall: 34th and Walnut, Upper Gallery

Cost: Free—Free with eventbrite registration

Have you ever listened to a presentation and wondered how this person got their job? How did they get this far? What projects are they most proud of? What are their biggest regrets? APAPASE’s events committee has designed a new series called “The Landscape” where these types of questions will be answered! The concept is similar to “Inside the Actors Studio”. Prestigious planners nominated by APA’s members will answer a set of questions with a live audience. This event is the first APA PA SE Mentor Program event and will serve as a great opportunity for mentors to meet up with their students.

We’re honored to have Deputy Mayor Greenberger as our first speaker. Alan Greenberger is the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Director of Commerce. He also serves as Chairman of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission. He has been with the City of Philadelphia since 2008.

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Call for Mentors for Planning Students


Remember when you were a planning student and weren’t sure which concentration to choose or how to navigate the job market? 

For the seventh year, the American Planning Association of Southeast Pennsylvania (APAPA-SE) is launching a mentor program to connect professionals in the planning field and local city planning graduate students. The program will include students from the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University. This program has helped students to learn about an array of planning jobs and day to day work responsibilities of planners as well as to receive advice for navigating the job and internship search.

If you are interested in signing up to be a mentor, please fill out this form and email your resume to planningmentorpa@gmail.com.  We are asking mentors to submit materials by Wednesday, September 10th. 

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Your Help Is Needed!  Short Survey to Assist New Graduates in Job Searching

Please take this brief community planning survey to assist new graduates; it will take four minutes or less of your time. The survey is designed for all planning professionals representing the broad range of specializations, workplace environments, and geographic locations. The findings will be shared with planning students and mentorship programs. Example questions include:
  • What qualifications are most important for entry-level planners?
  • What technical skills are preferred or necessary to succeed at your workplace?
  • What interview methods are used by your company or organization?


Sign up to Volunteer With Future City Philadelphia


Happy New Year from Future City Philadelphia!  We are pleased to announce a new location for this year’s regional competition – SAP America, 3999 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, PA.  Our 41 participating schools are hard at work on their models and presentations and are getting ready for the big event.  We need volunteers for the following positions:


PRELIMINARY JUDGE:  be a member of a judging team that listens to, asks questions of, and judges the preliminary teams.

Time commitment – Saturday, January 26, 8:00AM – 12:00PM.  Preliminary Judges are required to attend a training session if you have not judged before.  The training session will be a teleconference at 12pm on1/22.


SPECIAL AWARDS EVALUATOR: talk with teach team’s members to determine which team best meets the criteria of your organization’s special award.

Time commitment – Saturday, January 26, 8:00AM – 12:00PM.


GENERAL VOLUNTEER:  help run the competition by volunteering to help with registration, act as a team escort, take photos, update our website, etc.

Time commitment – Saturday, January 26, 8:00AM – 1:00PM.   A few volunteers are needed starting at7:00AM and a few more to help during the afternoon.

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