CPI Alumni

Learn about the benefits and offerings of graduating from the Citizens Planning Institute.

Alumni, register for Fall 2022 special topic classes below!

I have learned so much during the course. And it has been particularly inspiring to see and hear about so many amazing people and their projects in this city! I am very thankful to be part of the CPI community. — Liat Hasenfratz, Fall 2020 online course

There are many benefits for graduates of CPI!

They include:

  • Attending, teaching or suggesting topics for future CPI special topic classes
  • Accessing the amazing network of fellow Citizen Planners
  • A personal invitation and guaranteed spot at the Philadelphia City Planning Commission’s Annual Celebration! Over 200 people attend this annual event which includes opening remarks from the Mayor. Our last event was June 2019, but we hope to resume live gatherings in 2022!
  • Free registration for Community Development Leadership Institute sessions with the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations (PACDC)
  • Connecting with other Citizen Planners and get information on grants, job learning opportunities, and more via our private Citizen Planner Facebook and Linked-In groups.
  • CPI graduates are invited to welcome the latest incoming cohort of CPI participants at our annual fall and spring happy hours!

Citizen Planners are ACTIVE!

They have:

  • Formed civic associations, non-profits, “friends of” groups, RCOs, zoning committees and meet-up groups
  • Preserved greenspace
  • Drafted strategic plans
  • Formed neighborhood conservation overlays
  • Testified at City Hall
  • Conducted neighborhood surveys
  • Organized clean-ups
  • Obtained grants
  • Become members of Boards

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


Join the Alumni Committee

The Alumni Committee helps plan events by Citizen Planners, for Citizen Planners like neighborhood tours, bike rides, and outdoor film screenings.

We made a neighborhood tour guide to make things easy!

As people who have been through the program know, the most powerful part of CPI is the people you meet and the connections you make. These events support those special Citizen Planner interactions and create new connections.


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?

Email Us

Register for Fall Special Topic Classes!

Read the class descriptions!

Special Topic Classes Descriptions Fall 2022