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April 12: Join Queer Urbanist Exchange (QUE) Meetup

Queer Urbanist Exchange (QUE) is invites you to join our monthly meet up at Prohibition Taproom at 501 N. 13th Street, Philadelphia at 5:30 pm on Thursday, April 12. Since the weather didn’t agree with us last time, we’ll try it again. We are going to run out to check out the Reading Viaduct Rail Park at some point (or maybe in shifts).

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Mar. 20: Join Queer Urbanist Exchange (QUE) Meetup

Queer Urbanist Exchange (QUE) is invites you to join our monthly meet up at Prohibition Taproom at 501 N. 13th Street, Philadelphia at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, March 20. We are going to run out to check out the Reading Viaduct Rail Park at some point (or maybe in shifts).

Facebook Event – https://www.facebook.com/events/191926611400267/

Meetup Event – https://www.meetup.com/Queer-Urbanist-Exchange/events/248259816/

Can’t make it?  Select your availability in April at https://doodle.com/poll/94wzdrk5nbq5stmb.

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Feb. 26: Queer Urbanist Exchange (QUE) Quizzo Night

Queer Urbanist Exchange (QUE) is invites you to join our monthly meet up at Tavern at 243 S. Camac St. (Downstairs at Tavern on Camac) at 8:00 pm on Monday, February 26. Note we will be starting later than usual and meeting downstairs to join long time (maybe founding?) member Simone Allender for Quizzo at 8:30 pm, so stay for a drink or bring your trivia knowledge. It was really popular in December and one of our teams won.

We’re going to do brief updates on our projects before quizzo starts (around 8:15). Please come with ideas of things you’d like to see the group participate in. If you’re interested in seeing more, check out our Meeting Notes from our past meetings.

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Don’t forget to apply to APA’s Ambassador Program by December 31

As the end of year quickly approaches, so is the December 31 deadline to apply to become an APA Ambassador.  This important initiative is designed to encourage future planners with diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds.  The application is short and easy to fill out, even during the end of year crunch.  Participation in the program will provide valuable skills and earn you up to 8 pro-bono AICP CM credits in 2018.

Check out our previous blog post with all the important information on the application and details of the program.  You can apply as an individual or as a team.  Contact Al Beatty at ab5562@nyu.edu if you would like to join the local team of ambassadors.  Thank you Al for stepping up to be a regional team leader!

Post Authored by: Maggie Rwakazina

(Image from APA Ambassador’s blog: https://www.planning.org/blog/blogpost/9127770)

CM Credits for Pro Bono Planning Service

AICP members can obtain up to eight CM Credits for Pro Bono Planning Service, as outlined on the APA National website at https://www.planning.org/cm/logging/selfreport/probono

APA Future City Mentorship could relate to these allowed activities:

  • Planning-related support to groups that lack adequate planning resources, including service that expands choices and opportunities for everyone.
  • Planning to meet the needs of the disadvantaged and to promote racial and economic integration.
  • Mentoring the development of students, interns, beginning professionals, colleagues, and members of underrepresented groups to help them advance in the planning profession.

Future City Mentors Needed – One Month until Competition Day

Downingtown Middle School – Honorable Mention at the 2017 Future City Philadelphia Regional Competition (Source: futurecityphilly.org)

If you’ve been looking for a way to give back this holiday season, become a Future City mentor for a school in your community. 10 Future City Philadelphia teams still need mentors, and the students could really use your support in the final days leading up to the regional competition. Students must prepare a model of an “Age-Friendly City” to present in front of a panel of judges on Saturday, January 20, 2018.

As a planner, you can provide meaningful feedback and assistance as the students creatively tackle this topic.

The following 10 middle schools need mentors:

  • Eisenhower – Norristown
  • Keith Valley – Horsham
  • Mother Teresa – King of Prussia
  • Murray Avenue – Huntingdon Valley
  • St Albert the Great – Huntingdon Valley
  • St Elizabeth – Uwchlan
  • Helena – Blue Bell
  • Ignatius – Yardley
  • WCPA Homeschool Group – Pleasant Mount
  • Windsor Christian Academy – Uwchlan

Sign up to mentor one of these teams here.

Check out our latest post for a refresher on the Philadelphia Regional Future City Competition.

CM Credits for Pro Bono Planning Service

AICP members can obtain up to eight CM Credits for Pro Bono Planning Service, as outlined on the APA National website at https://www.planning.org/cm/logging/selfreport/probono

APA Future City Mentorship could relate to these allowed activities:

  • Planning-related support to groups that lack adequate planning resources, including service that expands choices and opportunities for everyone.
  • Planning to meet the needs of the disadvantaged and to promote racial and economic integration.
  • Mentoring the development of students, interns, beginning professionals, colleagues, and members of underrepresented groups to help them advance in the planning profession.

 

APA and AARP Partnering on Aging and Livable Communities Initiative

APA’s International Division has received a grant to partner with AARP International to implement the Divisions’ Council initiative, Aging and Livable Communities. The initiative seeks to educate planners regarding awareness building techniques, tools and best practices for planners from the US-focused research of APA’s earlier efforts under the initiative to those that can be gleaned from researching internationally.

APA’s LGBTQ & Planning Division is participating in the project to learn from existing initiatives that may provide insight on how best to plan for LGBTQ seniors and their needs and also to provide information to the project team regarding issues that LGBTQ persons encounter as they age.

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Sponsor APA Pennsylvania Southeast for 2018

The work and programs by the Southeast Section of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association (APAPASE) aren’t possible without the support of our sponsors. We are releasing sponsorships now for organizations who prefer to take advantage of end of year giving, but are always happy to work with new sponsors.

The sponsorship levels are laid out in our 2018 Sponsorship Package. If you would like to discuss a custom sponsorship, simply contact sponsorship@apapase.org to start the discussion.

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APA’s Ambassadors Program Promotes Diversity, Is Fun, and Earns You AICP Credit

October marks the opening of APA’s application period for the 2018 Ambassadors Program.  This initiative has been created to reach future planners with diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds.  With recent national events, it is critical for the field of planning to grow more inclusive and diverse to continue to be relevant to communities of color and disadvantaged populations.  It is also increasingly important for individual planners to connect to young people in these communities on a personal level to support just decisions and live up to the APA code of ethics.

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Oct. 19: Join the Engagement Committee Call

Have 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 Thursday, October 19, 2017 from 12:00-1:00 pm. Any interested section members are welcome to join by calling 1-866-499-7054, conference code 735 289 0020.

The tentative agenda is below, but feel free to add ideas for discussion during the call or in advance by emailing chair@apapse.org. For more details on the groups we wish to engage with and to see past notes, take a look at our running notes.
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Help Celebrate National Community Planning Month in October!

The achievements of planning are celebrated in October with National Community Planning Month. This year’s theme is innovation in planning, underscoring the role of planning in addressing and adapting to the challenges facing communities in the 21st century.

With less than 30 days until the official kickoff of our national observance, we want to know – how are you educating others about the value of planning this October?

Use the resources in our Planning Month Resource HUB to share with your community, elected officials, and local media the positive impact planning has had on your community.

Planning a community tour, meeting, or special event to mark the occasion? Let us know at admin@apapase.org. We’d love to highlight your efforts on our website and social media outlets during the month of October and beyond!

Learn more about National Community Planning Month at www.planning.org/ncpm.