Students participate in CMAP’s FLIP summer program, which is recruiting students to apply this year. | Screenshot of CMAP video

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is trying to recruit students who attend Proviso Township High School District 209 to attend its Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) summer program this year.

The FLIP program is “a free leadership development program for students to learn about the issues that shape our region and gain an interest in urban planning,” according to CMAP’s website.

“This is really about exposing students to this field of urban and regional planning, and we would love to have students from your communities and specifically from the Proviso high schools,” Jane Grover, CMAP’s public engagement principal, told attendees during the Proviso Township Ministerial Alliance Network’s monthly breakfast on June 12. The event was held virtually.

The deadline to apply for the program is Friday, June 18. The program consists of four 90-minute online sessions on July 9, July 16, July 23 and July 30.

CMAP is seeking 40 participants this year. Eligible participants must be enrolled in high school or college; live or study in one of the state’s seven northeastern Illinois counties, including Cook County; and “possess a desire to learn more about the region and our communities,” according to CMAP’s website.

Students receive a certificate once they complete the program, along with an optional letter of recommendation and the chance the build their resumes, CMAP officials explained.

“There’s an application process, but it’s not a very competitive application process,” Grover said.

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