Young people are not only the leaders of tomorrow; they can play a leading role in the development of their communities today. Let us hope that their good works today blossom into lifelong commitments that will benefit all the world's people.  ~ Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General, United Nations

City planning impacts not only the present, but the next generation as well. Who better to involve in the planning process than young people? In keeping with its policy to foster public engagement, the Department of Community Development has developed a resource clearinghouse for interested youth, teachers, and parents as an important first step. Use the links below to find anything from classroom lesson plans to interactive city planning games. Our intent is to grow and develop this concept by engaging the youth of Maryland Heights by a variety of means in the coming years. If you are interested in participating in this ongoing project, please email the Department. Be sure to let us know about your perspective, expertise and level of interest.

  • APA’s Youth and Teachers: The official website of the American Planning Association has a variety of resources, activities and lesson plans for those interested in planning.
  • City Creator has free tools to allow you to build, save and share imaginary cities.
  • Google Sketch-Up is a very sophisticated free site that allows you to build buildings as well as cities--imaginary or real. It can be combined with Google Earth to allow you to build cities on actual sites.
  • The Center for Understanding the Built Environment (CUBE) brings together educators with community partners to effect change that will lead to a quality built and natural environment, one and interdependent. This means cities that work for adults and children; buildings and spaces that are healthy and aesthetically pleasing; and streetscapes and landscapes that reach to the future while celebrating the past. 
Last updated: 8/9/2012 4:26:47 PM