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Support the 2024 Summer City Planning Institute

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The New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association, in partnership with the Center for Community Planning, is excited to launch a fundraiser to benefit our innovative summer program designed for public high school and middle school students.

What is the Summer City Planning Institute?
Since its inception in 2017, the CPI has been transforming the way students perceive and interact with their neighborhoods. This immersive program introduces young minds to the field of city planning, empowering them to envision and implement change in their communities. By fostering an early interest in urban planning, we aim to diversify and enrich New Jersey’s future planning professionals to reflect the vibrant diversity of our population.

Why Support the CPI?

  • Transformative Education: Students gain hands-on experience in community development, policy-making, and urban planning through a curriculum crafted by the Center for Community Planning and delivered by a New Jersey-certified teacher.
  • Professional Mentorship: Professional planners, guest speakers, and field trips provide students with invaluable insights and experiences.
  • Real-World Application: Students apply their learning in projects tailored to their own communities, culminating in a community showcase where they present their plans to local officials and stakeholders.
  • Equitable Access: The program is completely free for students, who also receive a stipend, ensuring that financial barriers do not hinder participation.

2024 Program Highlights
This summer, the CPI will expand to include over 100 students from Newark, Paterson, Passaic, and Bloomfield. Here’s what they’ll be working on:

  • Newark Students: Crafting proposals to make local and school communities safer and more supportive for young people.
  • Paterson Students: Developing plans to attract visitors from the Great Falls National Park to support local businesses.
  • Passaic Students: Collaborating with residents to identify the best locations for new bike rental stations in line with the city’s transportation plans.
  • Bloomfield Students: Designing strategies to make the downtown area more attractive and pedestrian-friendly, encouraging local patronage.

Your Impact
By contributing to this campaign, you will directly support these ambitious projects and the students who lead them. Your donation will help cover the costs of field trips, project materials, and meals and ensure that every student can fully participate in this life-changing experience.

Join Us
We invite you to join us in empowering the next generation of city planners. Your support will help these young minds transform their communities and inspire a more inclusive and dynamic future for New Jersey.

Donate today and be a part of this exciting journey toward a better tomorrow. Thank you for your generosity and commitment to our communities!


  • Michele Delisfort
    • $275 
    • 2 d
  • Jessica Giorgianni
    • $50 
    • 2 d
  • Bettina Zimny
    • $100 
    • 7 d
  • Arnold Bloch
    • $100 
    • 11 d
  • Howard Geneslaw
    • $100 
    • 12 d


APA New Jersey
New Brunswick, NJ
American Planning Association - New Jersey Chapter

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