Congratulations to our Spring 2022 Cohort!
The spring course was CPI’s fourth virtual cohort (and 23rd total)! Thanks to all the presenters who helped us increase the accessibility of the course for blind participants! This cohort received our prototype “CPI in a Box” which includes helpful guides and templates for participants to take back to their communities. More alumni will be testing this prototype as we continue to refine it in the coming months. Below, four of the six citizen planners who helped co-create the prototype with our design consultants and CPI staff. Digital versions of the assets will be uploaded to CPI’s new website this summer!
“I really appreciated all the assets and information in the box."- Focus group participant
Exceeded my expectations. I didn’t realize how much I didn’t know and this course really gave me the tools to advocate for my community.”– Focus Group participant feedback
Thanks to participant feedback, we will be creating smaller videos of key presentations from special topic classes and publishing them on our website. One of these will be Evan Thornburg’s excellent “Equity & Inclusion—Understanding Diversity and the Cost of Bias”.
We will also be offering a training for our volunteer pool of facilitators to continue to improve the online experience for special topic classes. As we look ahead into the fall, we hope to offer a hybrid model with LIVE classes and provide more opportunities for cohort members to build lasting relationships.
We went to San Diego to talk about CPI!
Thanks to Joe Schilling from the Urban Institute for offering us the opportunity to partner on a session for the American Planning Association National Conference in San Diego. Together, we explored the future of Community Planning Academies. Our session had over 140 attendees! We were excited to connect with other leaders looking to set up Community Planning Academies in their communities.
Photo is of Donna, a white woman with red hair and glasses, Aiyah a Black man with a hat and glasses, and Veronica a Puerto Rican woman with dark brown hair and glasses standing together and smiling at the camera
Photo is of Joe, a white man with glasses and light brown hair on the left and Donna, a white woman with light red hair and glasses on the right. They are smiling and speaking to an auidence
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Next year the conference is in Philadelphia, we are looking forward to it and welcome ideas on how Citizen Planners can be involved.
We have a new Board Member!
Diana Lu is a planner who loves to eat and talk about Philly’s neighborhoods. Currently, she serves as the Director of the Knight-Lenfest Local News Transformation Fund. She has spent more than ten years in the nonprofit, public, and media sectors working on economic development, placemaking, and resource redistribution. She is also the Community Engagement Editor for Root Quarterly, a Philadelphia-based print journal. She holds a Masters in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design and a B.A. in Urban Studies and French from Vassar College. 

Welcome to the CPI family, Diana!
Meet CPI's Summer Intern
Emily Overstrom joined CPI in May and is looking forward to working with our team this summer. Emily is a graduate student in Temple University’s Communication for Development and Social Change program. 

"I'm thrilled to be working with the CPI team this summer! I can’t wait to begin speaking with CPI alumni about the projects and initiatives they are engaged in. I am also excited to help plan the September Picnic!"
A big thank you to Lauri Kochis, our exiting intern, who was a big help in migrating our website. We couldn’t have done it without her!
Hey, Alumni...
We are planning a special gathering this fall for our virtual cohorts to meet each other IN PERSON! Save the date and stay tuned for more details to come.
Upcoming Opportunities
The Leeway Foundation is accepting applications for the Media Artist and Activist Residency, which provides grants of $25,000 to women, trans, and gender nonconforming media artists working in close collaboration with social justice/cultural organizations to document, reframe, and/or amplify the issues and campaigns addressed by the organization. Learn more and apply by June 22nd here.
Two opportunities to share feedback with SEPTA on the Lindbergh Complete Streets Projects!

• In-Person Pop-Up at 62nd St. & Lindbergh Blvd. on Saturday, June 11th from 11 AM–2 PM to share your thoughts with staff.

• Virtual Workshop on Wednesday, June 15th from 6 - 7:30 PM. This will be focused on roadway alternatives for 49th, Grays & Lindbergh. Register here.

Click here for more information.
Registration is open for RCOs! Registered Community Organizations (RCOs) are community groups that are concerned with the physical development of their community. To learn more about existing RCOs and how to register one, visit this page. RCO Registration is open through June 30, 2022.
Learn more about RCOs and zoning in our short videos!

All RCOs whose status is expiring in 2022 are required to renew their registration this summer.

Register for the next info session, taking place on June 21st at 6 PM. Recordings will be available for anyone unable to attend.
June is Immigrant Heritage Month! This national celebration uses storytelling to #CelebrateImmigrants highlight the diversity of immigrant communities and explore how personal experiences intersect. Throughout the month, the Office of Immigrant Affairs is promoting many community events including musical performances, educational programming, business information sessions, and health resources. Learn more about events happening throughout the city here.

Job Opportunities
Connect the Dots is seeking community-focused, seasonal staff to join their Field Team. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until June 30th. Learn more and apply here.

Center for Urban Pedagogy is looking for their next Executive Director. The ideal candidate would be someone with a deep understanding of community-engaged design practices, nonprofit management, and collaborative leadership. Deadline to apply is June 23rd. Learn more and apply here.

Mount Vernon Manor CDC is hiring a Safety and Justice Coordinator and a Land and Housing Coordinator. Applications due no later than June 10th.

Mural Arts is seeking a part-time Summer Assistant Teaching Artist to provide assistance to the Lead Teaching Artist for summer art education programming for high or middle school youth. Applications are due by June 13th. Learn more here.

New Kensington CDC is in search of a part-time Seasonal Garden Events Facilitator. Deadline to apply is June 16th. More information on how to apply can be found here.

Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) is accepting applications for their Housing Policy Fellowship. Deadline to apply is July 1st at 5 PM Learn more and apply here.

The Bicycle Coalition is looking for a Youth Cycling Program Coordinator. The priority deadline for applications is June 17th. More information on how to apply can be found here.

The Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service is hiring an Equitable Engagement Manager. Applications are due June 30th. Click here to learn more.

Urban Creators is seeking a Director of Capacity & Development and a Community Organizer Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
Citizen Planners are on the Move!
We checked in with JJ Tiziou (Spring 2017) on his community organizing work in his neighborhood of West Philly, and the ways in which he is working to build community infrastructure. Read his full update here.
Odessa Tate (Spring 2021) is continuing to serve her community in Strawberry Mansion. She recently partnered with LaSalle University on a small accountability campaign encouraging community members to “keep our community clean”. She secured help from Temple University on a community plan for the village community of Strawberry Mansion. And has played in integral role in the creation of two neighborhood parks! We’ll have more details soon, stay tuned.
Darnetta Arce (Fall 2014) let us know that Brewerytown Sharswood Community Civic Association was selected as a finalist for the Community Champions Awards & Grants Challenge. Congrats on this nomination!
Consider making a tax-deductible contribution! Click "support this project" on the CPI page on the Mayor's Fund for Philadelphia website.

Donations will go towards scholarships, printing Citizens Toolkits, hosting more Neighborhood Exchanges, increasing support for CPI alumni, and expand CPI programming beyond the biannual course.