Volunteer Training

Volunteers and Training

ULI volunteers are an essential component of UrbanPlan. Volunteers must be nominated by a current ULI member and UrbanPlan volunteer. Through UrbanPlan training, experienced land use practitioners learn how to “deconstruct” their knowledge and adapt it to the UrbanPlan environment, ensuring their effectiveness with high school and university students. Your “IRR” – priceless personal and professional satisfaction.

Volunteers and Training

ULI volunteers are an essential component of UrbanPlan. A volunteer’s commitment is as serious as one to a ULI Advisory Services Panel.

Volunteers make a significant impact in the classroom with minimal demands on their schedule. Volunteers must commit to one 6-hour training that requires 4 hours of advance preparation. After the time spent “in the classroom” with ULI’s national UrbanPlan director, Sophie Lambert, volunteers are eligible to participate as facilitators or “city council” members in area high schools. Trained volunteers can elect to participate in a facilitation, which typically lasts 45 minutes (plus travel time), or a “city council” day, which typically last between 90 minutes and 3 hours.

Volunteers in the Classroom

Your Students: High school seniors in economics and government classes.

The Volunteers

Facilitator: Facilitators engage in Socratic interaction twice with the student teams over the course of the 15 class hour project and prior to the presentations. This process is transformative to the students’ insights and capacities.

City Council: The “City Council” hears the student proposals, challenges them as would a City Council and awards the development contract to the winning “developer.”

UrbanPlan Revised Curriculum

UrbanPlan Revised Curriculum – Classroom Volunteers FAQ Webinar from ULI on Vimeo. This video covers the modifications to the UrbanPlan curriculum that trained volunteers need to know to be effective Facilitators and City Council Members. This is not a training session for new volunteers or a refresher training for existing volunteers.

Become an UrbanPlan Volunteer

To enroll in the next training session, please contact District Council Coordinator the District Council Coordinator.