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Where will the next generation of planners come from? Maybe from the universities, colleges, and high schools in your hometown? Or from a young leader you meet at a community event?

You can have a direct and powerful influence on the next generation of planners as an APA Ambassador.

APA Ambassadors are active members of the American Planning Association of any age and level of experience who volunteer their time, experience, and talents to advance the public understanding of planning and promote the planning profession. Through this program, APA particularly hopes to reach future planners with diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.


Ambassadors may conduct the program, either as individuals or as a team, at:

  • Universities
  • Community Colleges
  • High Schools
  • Community Based Organizations
  • Neighborhood Leadership Academies
  • Community Councils, etc.

At the 2015 Leadership meetings in Seattle, the APA Board of Directors approved a year-long pilot program, aiming to reinvigorate the APA Ambassadors Program that launched in 2004.  The APA Diversity Task Force is looking for volunteer chapters to participate in this pilot and help us shape the future of the program.  The Diversity Task Force will report on the pilot at the 2016 Leadership Meetings in Phoenix.

Deadline to apply: August 31, 2015.

What is the Ambassador Program?
The APA Ambassador Program is volunteer activity conducted by APA members with the goal of increasing awareness and understanding of the power and value that the planning profession brings to communities; increasing the diversity of our membership; and providing meaningful opportunities for volunteerism.  Particular outreach emphasis is placed on communities of color, low income and/or disenfranchised.


What’s the pilot look like?
The Diversity Task Force is selecting at least three APA Chapters to help host Ambassadors (or Ambassador Teams) in your state.


What’s involved?
Chapters can join the pilot through two levels of involvement:

  • Help arrange for an Ambassador (or Ambassador Team) to conduct informational sessions to schools or community groups (we will provide a Toolkit for volunteers)
  • Work with the Diversity Task Force to develop your own ambassadors program (example: APA California, Northern Section Ambassador Program). 


Interested?  Please read the Info Sheet for Chapters and visit for more information.

How else can you help?
APA members can volunteer regardless of whether a chapter has signed up for the pilot.  Applications are now being accepted thru August 31, 2015.  Please help us spread the word!  We have just distributed an email to APA members notifying them of this opportunity.

Learn more here!