This program teaches youth about making effective land-use decisions in their communities. The curriculum addresses important subjects including social studies, civics, geography, environmental science, land-use planning and land-use technology.
Ever wonder why cities are built in certain ways?
In order to make a long-term impact on land use, today’s youth and tomorrow’s leaders must be equipped with effective land-use decision-making tools. The Junior Citizen Planner (JCP) programis a series of innovative curricula that educates youth in 3rd to 8th grades on land use issues through fun, hands-on learning activities within their communities. It was developed through a joint effort between MSU Extension’s and 4-H Youth Development.
It is modeled after the successful, adult Citizen Planner program.
The Junior Citizen Planner curriculum utilizes group activities. These activities can be conducted within several settings including: school classrooms, 4-H Clubs, after-school programs, home schools, Scouts, Campfire, or day and summer camps. Flexibility is a key component of this program.
Junior Citizen Planner targets youth in the classroom and 4-H Club setting but may also be used with day and summer camp programs, Scouts, Campfire, and other youth programs. The program develops participant’s skills in becoming good citizens, responsible decision-makers and will develop community pride. The primary subject areas covered in the program are:
Activities are posted in PDF format under the “Resources” section at the bottom of this page. The activities have been certified to meet both, the Michigan Curriculum Framework Content Standards and Benchmarks, as well as the Kent County Core Curriculum for 3rd - 5th grades, however, the activities are appropriate for participants up to age 13 (8th grade). The activities are not specific to Kent County, they are relevant on a statewide basis.
For more information on how to get involved as a youth or volunteer, contact your county MSU Extension office or:
Jake DeDecker, Associate Director of MSU Extension Children & Youth Programs
Michigan State University Extension
446 W. Circle Drive, Suite 160
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: (517) 884 -5966