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"I would like to say the best part for me was meeting so many competent leaders. Every person I met is working so hard and with such heart to do good!" -- Fall 2014 Participant

  • Planning together Jan 2016
    Photo Credit: Chris Santaniello
  • spring 2015 class
    Photo Credit: Chris Santaniello
  • fall 2015 class
    Photo Credit: Chris Santaniello
  • June 2013 graduation

There are many benefits for graduates of CPI! They include:

  • Attending future CPI electives and happy hours
  • Teaching a CPI class
  • Suggesting future elective topics
  • Accessing the amazing network of fellow Citizen Planners
  • Free registration for Community Development Leadership Institute sessions with the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations (PACDC)
  • Updates  on grants, learning opportunities, and more via our Facebook page.
Stay Connected!

Do you want to request an elective topic or volunteer to teach a CPI class? Do you want to be featured on our Citizen Planners in Action page? Contact us!


CPI shares news, grants, and job opportunities relevant to Citizen Planners regularly on the CPI Facebook page.

There is also a private Facebook page just for grads- we encourage you to join!

Happy Hours

CPI graduates are invited to welcome the latest incoming cohort of CPI participants at our annual fall and spring happy hours!

Next Happy Hour is Wednesday, April 6, 2016. Location TBA!

Annual January Event

CPI graduates always receive a personal invitation and guaranteed spot at the Philadelphia City Planning Commission's Annual Celebration! Over 300 people attended this year's event in January, which included opening remarks from Honorable Jim Kenney, Mayor. He also took a photo with the 2015 graduates! 

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    Photo Credit: Chris Santaniello
Graduate Elective Registration

Graduate Elective Registration Closed

Limited spots are available for graduates to take electives during each course series. Graduates receive email notification to register for course electives and seats are filled on a first-come, first served basis. Spring 2017 electives were "Community Organizing", "Clean & Green", and "Walkable Neighborhoods". Registration for Fall 2017 will open in September.

  • CPI happy hour 1

Citizen Planners have gone on to form civic associations, non-profits, "friends of" groups, RCOs, zoning committees and meet-up groups.

They have also:

  • Preserved greenspace
  • Drafted strategic plans
  • Formed neighborhood conservation overlays
  • Testified at City Hall
  • Fundraised for community amenities
  • Conducted neighborhood surveys
  • Organized clean-ups
  • Created Neighborhoods websites
  • Obtained Community Design Collaborative grants
  • Become members of Boards
Citizen Planners in Action

See Your Peers in Action!

Read inspiring stories about fellow Citizen Planners getting things done in their neighborhoods!

"I was very inspired by the various groups from neighborhoods that I never heard of before and their ability to make so many positive changes within this city."--Fall 2012 Participant