DAP BEGINNINGS

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Detroit Association of PlannersIn approximately 2012, two WSU Urban Planning graduate students saw a need for a stronger support system for minority plannersShari Hampton-Williams and Adrienne Zeigler recruited Pamela Alexander and Charlotte Blackwell, who recruited recent grad Cheryl Williams-KearneyThe five women became the founders of the Detroit Association of PlannersOn October 24, 2014 DAP held its first meet and greet networking eventOn December 12, 2014 Charlotte and Cheryl hosted the very successful DAP Holiday event which was attended by members of city and county governments, academia, the Michigan Association of Planners and various stakeholders dedicated to the revitalization of DetroitIn 2015, the goal is to receive our 501 (c )3 designation in order to implement more diversity revitalization programs at the neighborhood level

DAP BEGINNINGS

DAP MISSION STATEMENTTo create and enhance a local network for planning professionals through advocacy, education, and collaborationPURPOSE: to provide economic opportunities by offering training and workforce development which will facilitate the matching of skill sets with designated project requirements as the result of collaborating with any and all stakeholders.VISION STATEMENT: With Dignity, Excellence, Teamwork, Respect, Open Minds, Integrity, and Tenacity (D.E.T.R.O.I.T.) we strive to build professional development opportunities for planning professionals; strengthen opportunities for new planners; build awareness in minorities about the planning professional; and cultivate and enhance the brand of urban planners.Seek out and train/re-train minority youth and qualified displaced mature residents to enter/re-enter the local workforceWe would like to triage neighborhoods beyond Midtown and Downtown Detroit and assess the needs and possibilities for revitalizationCollaboration with community members, government, developers, businesses,, youth, educators, etc.We believe our goals can be accomplished through training and workforce development and the engagement of the community as a whole

Deliverables:What does DAP bring to the table?First and foremost DAP is comprised of native Detroiters who possess a unique perspective of diversity inclusion needs. We are, therefore, best qualified to speak the language of diversity on behalf of the marginalized residents of Detroit. We have attained advanced education with specific knowledge of economic and community development requirements within the field of Urban PlanningWe are therefore privy to a unique perspective for the need of inclusionary policy creation and implementationWe have created training modules for both youth and mature residents for inclusion in urban planning awareness and training & workforce developmentWe have established ourselves within the field through networking with stakeholdersWhat does DAP seek of your organization?We are currently seeking volunteers for our advisory board Assistance with discovering grant opportunitiesAssistance with grant writingNetworking connectionsMembership driveFund raisingMake Detroit this exciting for everyone