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Future Leaders in Planning

Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) is the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) premier leadership development program for high school students in Northeastern Illinois. At no cost to themselves, teens across the region will become involved in the issues that shape our region and share 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.

Read a recap of the 2016 FLIP program activities, trips and experiences. Learn more in a behind-the-scenes video.

Apply to FLIP

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Please share the 2017 Summer FLIP application with local high school students who would like to learn about planning and contribute to a better future for our region. Students can apply on-line at or by downloading and completing the PDF version of the application. The 2017 Summer FLIP program will run from July 24th through July 29th and applications are due Friday, June 9, 2017. Applicants will be notified about the status of their application by Monday, June 19, 2017.

Teachers, counselors, mentors, or community leaders completing reference forms on behalf of FLIP applicants can do so by filling out the reference form on-line at or by downloading the reference form PDF at and emailing the completed form to

Share the FLIP 2017 application with your network by using our Partner Toolkit.

Connect with FLIP

To meet other youth in the region and learn more about past FLIP activities, visit the FLIP Facebook page.

For more information, please contact Marisa Prasse ( or 312-386-8670) or Katanya Raby-Henry ( or 312-386-8628).

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