Shape the Future of the Planning Profession with These APA National Opportunities

APA National is invested in promoting stronger communities, shaping the future of the planning profession, and supporting career development for planners. Planning professionals can help the organization make a real difference for individuals and communities in their local Chapters through participating in low-commitment actions and events. Here are some current opportunities for you to get involved:

Advocate for Community and Infrastructural Investments
On Thursday, March 16, 2017, President Trump released his preliminary budget outline, which includes cuts to essential planning programs such as housing and transportation that may put jobs, development projects, and public health at risk. APA’s Planners’ Advocacy Network is leading the way to shape federal planning policy outcomes that support stronger communities through grassroots advocacy.

Help lay a strong advocacy effort at APA-NYM. Appoint a State Chair to APA’s Planners’ Advocacy Network to organize and mobilize advocates across the chapter. To recommend a member APA-NYM’s State Chair position, email govtaffairs@planning.org.

Help Recognize Planning Excellence
For 10 years, APA has honored Great Places in America — neighborhoods, streets, and public spaces that demonstrate how planning creates stronger, more just, and innovative communities. APA needs your help to identify places across the country that exemplify planning excellence. Get inspired by last year’ Great Streets, Great Neighborhoods, or Great Public Spaces. Then, nominate your favorite street, neighborhood, or public space by May 10th. Help APA spread the word by sharing the Great Places in America video with your networks.

Participate in Mentor Match at NPC 17
APA is looking for mentors to help develop the next generation of planning professionals. Participate in the Mentor Match at the upcoming National Planning Conference in New York City. This low-commitment, high-impact opportunity can create long-term benefits for individuals and the profession, while earning you Pro Bono CM credits. Mentors and protégés can find more information at APA’s Career Center page. The deadline to apply is April 3rd.

Resume Reviewers Needed
APA is looking for experienced planners to share their expertise with their colleagues by reviewing resumes at the 2017 National Planning Conference’s Resume Clinic. Volunteer as a resume reviewer to give advice to planners just starting out or those looking to move to a new position. At this popular and rewarding program, you will share your insights on what makes for a solid and effective resume and help shape a fellow planner’s career. Interested individuals should fill out this quick survey.

APA-NYM Student Members: Join the SRC Executive Committee
APA-NYM Student Members: here is your opportunity to help shape the future of student programming and represent your peers at the national level. APA’s SRC Executive Committee is accepting nominations until May 15, 2017 for Chair and Regional Representatives. For information on running for a position, visit SRC’s Election page.