Youth Planning Board


Applications for the 2021 - 2022 New Castle County Youth Planning Board session are closed. 

Are you a resident of New Castle County who wants to shape the future of your community?  Apply for the New Castle County Youth Planning Board, a new program for young people who care about civic engagement, policy, land use and its many interrelated issues such as transportation, the environment, housing and more.   

While serving on the board you will work with the Department of Land Use to help create the blueprint for NCC2050: The Comprehensive Development Plan.  The program will take place from September 2021 to May 2022. Open to individuals ages 14-22. 

What is the Youth Planning Board?

Today’s youth will inherit the New Castle County of the future. There is a significant need to involve young people in governance generally—and planning specifically—in order to empower them to advocate for the changes they want to see in their communities. The first year of the New Castle County Youth Planning Board (YPB) will consist of a 10-month program to help develop the next New Castle County Comprehensive Development Plan, which provides guidance for our government’s decisions regarding the natural and built environment and shapes where we live, work, learn and recreate.

The Board will lend perspective, develop plan recommendations, and champion issues and engagement particularly as relates to other young people. Over the program year, members will participate in 10 activities that build their knowledge of community planning, empower them with skills to help improve their communities, and engage them in applying those skills in the comprehensive planning process. Training will take place during monthly group meetings, individual practice/coaching sessions, and hands-on applications in professional planning activities. Virtual board meetings will be held as online video conferences subject to new public health advisories for gatherings. The Board’s recommendations will be incorporated into the final draft of the Comprehensive Plan Update due to the State of Delaware in June 2022.

We seek to make this program accessible for the full diversity of youth in New Castle County. If you have any concerns about factors that might limit your participation, please mention in your application and we will work with you to find ways to accommodate your needs.

  • Please contact with any questions.
  • Visit the NCC2050 website to learn more about the Comprehensive Plan process.

The New Castle County Youth Planning Board is a program designed to promote youth engagement; it is not an official County public board.

As membership benefits, Youth Planning Board members will:

 Learn from experts in community organizing, planning, government and more

 Participate in creating the County’s 2022 Comprehensive Plan

 Help build a youth network dedicated to making New Castle County a better place to live, work, learn and play

 Receive a free membership in the American Planning Association (APA) Delaware Chapter

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  • Parental consent required for those under 18
  • Program will be held remotely due to public health concerns

2020 - 2021 Youth Planning Board Members:  

2020 - 2021 YPB Members

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