American Planning Association

North Carolina Chapter

PlanIt Kids!

October is National Community Planning Month. Let’s get out of our offices and into the classrooms. Celebrate planning and engage youth in thinking of ways planning makes a difference in their world.


The Challenge

A Call to Action for all Planners to volunteer time during the months of October and November to educate the next generation about the role planning has played in shaping their neighborhoods, towns, cities and regions.

Get Started

  1. Reach out to local schools, youth groups and community organizations TODAY.
  2. Plan your PlanIt Kids activity.
  3. Host your PlanIt Kids activity during the months of October and November.
  4. Let us know how it goes! Submit pictures, scans of maps, and results of your PlanIt Kids activity to APA-NC at

Sample Activity – Planning in the Classroom

Planning in the Classroom is an easy-to-organize activity that provides an opportunity for local planners to engage youth in planning and decision-making. Planners guide students (typically 4th or 5th graders) through a series of activities that starts with a history of place, moves to an interactive ‘Plan your own Town’ activity and concludes with presentations by students about their process and resulting ideas and plans.

Sample Agenda

9:00am:  Arrive at School, Set-up Materials
9:00am-9:20am:  Short history of the Town (City, Neighborhood, etc)
9:20am-9:30am:  Explain the Plan your own Town Activity
9:30am-10:00am:  Students participate in the Plan your own Town Activity
10:00am-10:15am:  Land Use Discussion led by Planning Staff
10:15am-10:40am:  Class Town Hall- Student Presentations
10:40am-10:50am:  Group Discussion
10:50am-11:50am:  Get out into the Community! (Visit Town Hall, Tour a Greenway)