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Future Leaders in Planning

Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) is a leadership development opportunity where students can contribute to a better future for our region. Participants in this new program will learn more about the northeastern region and share their thoughts with other teens from Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties. Participants will also meet and interact with selected regional leaders who make key planning decisions in our communities. Learn more in a video.

Connect with FLIP

To meet other youth in the region and blog about issues affecting your community, visit the FLIP Facebook page.

For more information, please take a look at the 2014-2015 FLIP application.


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Students in the 2012-13 FLIP program worked with local experts and the Village of Park Forest to develop promotional materials and create educational awareness of best practices included in Park Forests's sustainability plan. Students presented their recommendations and offered demostrantions to the public at a May 4, 2013, Sustainability Fair in Park Forest, IL.


FLIP 2011-2012 Yearbook

View a slideshow from our FLIP 2011-2012 session.



This year's FLIP final presentation was held on Saturday May 7, 2011. Students from the 2010-2011 program learned about and made recommendations for Fairmont's Safe Routes to School Grant in Will County. View the final presentation PDF. Below is a slideshow of pictures from the event or you can view the slideshow, along with captions, on our Flickr page.



The 2009-2010 FLIP program ended with another amazing Final Presentation Event, hosted by the National Museum of Mexican Art. For a final project, participants divided into subject teams to develop presentations and guide books to help high school students around the region implement aspects of the Preferred Regional Scenario. Read about the guide books in PDF format.

Human Services Team [PDF]
Malik Chappell, Jennie Mueller, Jasmine Omeke, Spencer Teiken, Anna Yoder

Environment Team [PDF]
Safiyyah Cole, Marilyn Janisch, Thomas Maloney, Aly Plahm, Katie Starasinich, Chris Tomaszkiewicz

Housing and Land Use Team [PDF]
Sophia Irizarry, Kristen McCloskey, Nicole Mitchell, Elaine Rodriguez, Cooper Zajac

Economic Development Team [PDF]
Lauren Armendariz-Bast, Brandon Holland, Quintin Johnson, Nilesh Kavthekar, Melissa Lai

Transportation Team [PDF] (View video)
Vincent Desmond, Martin Downs, Christian Hunter, Shantanu Jain

Thanks to help from our two interns, Chris Gladfelter and Lok Kwan, from the University of Illinois at Chicago's Urban and Public Affairs program, we were able to produce a yearbook for the 2009-2010 FLIP Program. We hope that FLIP alum will enjoy flipping (sorry, couldn't help myself) through its pages for nostalgia. We also hope that people interested in the program will enjoy learning more about each of the Saturday sessions. Click to download the FLIP 2009-2010 Yearbook PDF.



FLIP participants around the region have been interviewed by local newspapers about their experience in the program. The Lake County Journal quoted Paula Yoder as saying "our voices need to be heard in order to change the future." We couldn't agree more.

Many adults in the fields of planning, housing, environmental protection, transportation, land use, human services and community and economic development have had the opportunity to interact with FLIP participants. Here is what some of them have to say.

"I thought [the expert interview day] was very well organized (kudos!) and was impressed by how much the students were already up to speed with planning issues." - Emily Tapia, Metro Planning Council

"I was very impressed the final presentation last Thursday. Even though the presentations were very brief, I could see and feel their minds behind the slides. Some of the issues they identified were never in my thoughts. Some of the solutions seemed to be just imagination. But with the rapid development of advanced technology, they will be possible." - Wei Gao, FLIP Parent

"The students involved in FLIP are engaging and engaged. It is bracing to hear and see the level of creativity and insight into local, regional, national and international issues demonstrated by the participants." - Patricia Berry, Principal Planner

"That's why we love FLIP so much - it is challenging but more importantly gets the kids to think about THEIR future and THEIR communities." - Therese Schmidt, FLIP Parent

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