Future Leaders in Planning

Future Leaders in Planning

FLIP 2019 Summer Applications are now closed. Stay tuned for the Fall 2019 Boot Camp!

Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) is the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning's (CMAP) leadership development program for high school students in Northeastern Illinois. FLIP is a FREE program where teens learn about the issues that shape our region and think of solutions with other students from Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties. Participants meet and interact with selected regional leaders who make key planning decisions in our communities.

Read a recap of the 2018 FLIP program activities, trips and experiences. Learn more in the behind-the-scenes video below. Share the FLIP program and application with your community, school, or organization through a Partner Toolkit.

Program Overview

Saturday, June 29, 2019
Parent Orientation

Monday, July 15, 2019
Session 1: Introduction to Planning and CMAP

Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Session 2: Site-level Planning

Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Session 3: Neighborhood/Municipal Planning

Thursday, July 18, 2019
Session 4: Regional Planning

Friday, July 19, 2019
Session 5: Collaboration and Design

Saturday, July 20, 2019
Session 6: Final Presentation


Apply to FLIP Summer 2019

Applications are due Monday, May 27, 2019.

To apply, students must:

  • Be in high school during the 2019-20 school year
  • Reside in one of the seven counties in the northeastern Illinois region.
  • Possess a desire and interest to learn more about the region and our communities.


Online Submissions

Connect with FLIP

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

For general inquiries, email FLIP@cmap.illinois.gov

For more information, please contact Katanya Raby (khenry@cmap.illinois.gov or 312-386-8628) or Katie Piotrowska (kpiotrowska@cmap.illinois.gov or 312-386-8712).

Learn about FLIP's NEW Spring Boot Camp at UIC!

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning’s Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) Program is partnering with UIC’s College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs to host a FREE workshop for high school students on transportation and mobility in the Chicago region. Learn more here!

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FLIP 2019 Application

FLIP 2019 Summer Leadership Development Program Poster