Youth in Planning


Task Force

Youth provide unique and fresh voices to the dialogue about creating great places. The Youth in Planning Task Force aims to raise youth awareness of the importance of their voice informing our future and to provide resources for teachers, planners, and public officials to engage youth in planning processes that generate lasting value. 

Graphic Novel for Washington Teens About Planning – Update!

The Kickstarter campaign for the graphic novel for teens about planning in Washington state has been launched! You can check out the campaign webpage by clicking here

We are really happy with how the novel and the characters are shaping up. The creative team (Gabrielle Lyon, Devin Mawdsley and Kayce Bayer) have been hard at work. We also have a new title –Washington, By and By, harking back to when the first European settlers landed on what is now Al-Ki point and thought, by and by, or in the future, this place will eventually grow into a bustling city. The characters in the novel claim that Washington, By and By is here now, and assert that they have a say in what their communities are like today. Read more about the story in our press release.

Funds raised by the Kickstarter campaign will help ink and color the pages, finalize the design, publish the novel as an ebook and create an educational support page with resources for teachers and librarians. If we exceed our goal, additional funds would enable the team to translate the novel into other languages, beginning with Spanish, build more robust outreach to teachers, and ultimately, print the novel for distribution to schools and libraries across Washington state.

Want to stay informed about the project? Email [email protected] with Washington, By and By in the subject line, and we'll be sure to keep you in the know, share sneak peeks and any exciting news.


Youth Outreach and Engagement
See examples of initiatives different jurisdictions took to get youth involved in their planning processes. Find activities that focus on particular planning topics such as comprehensive planning, land use, transportation, sustainability, housing and human services, equity and urban design.

Career day
Give an introduction to the planning profession at a local school or job fair. 

Tips & Tricks
Learn best practices for connecting with teachers, developing successful projects, and empowering youth from planners who have already gotten their feet wet bringing planning into schools.


Check out a host of projects on different planning topics that cover core academic subjects including interdisciplinary studies, social studies, science, integrated environment and sustainability, technology, mathematics, English language arts, and the arts.

Project Highlight: Fifth and Sixth Graders Learn How to Plan a City as Part of the University of Washington's Summer Challenge Program

Youth and Local Government

What matters to YOUth?
Learn about youth priorities and what is important to them in their communities.

What is planning?
Discover fun videos and websites that provide synopses of the world of planning.

How to get your great ideas heard by City Hall?
See examples of actions youth took to get their voice heard.

Youth Boards, Councils
Learn about communities with formal structures for youth involvement.

Volunteer and Internship Opportunities
Locate communities with positions for youth volunteers and interns.

Other Resources

Click on the links below to find a host of other resources available to youth, teachers, planners and local governments for engaging youth in planning:

Share Your Experience

Help us learn effective ways of engaging youth by sharing your experiences. Contact the Youth in Planning Task Force Co-chairs for the APA WA Chapter: Steve Butler at [email protected], or Gwen Rousseau at [email protected]

Current task force members also include: Olivia Marie Schronce, Darryl Eastin, Gwen Rousseau, Paula Reeves, Melanie Mayock, Rosey Atkinson, Dee Caputo, Stephanie Velasco, and Dave Andersen.