Youth Planners

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The Youth Planner Program involves youth in planning at the neighborhood and city-wide level. It enables young people to develop a passion for improving their city and have a voice in their local government and prepares them for the workforce.

There are two positions, a junior and a senior youth planner. Both work with the Hampton Planning Division and serve as staff to the Hampton Youth Commission. Youth planners learn a variety of skills -- from facilitating meetings to marketing documents written by former planners.

Each spring, applications are dispersed around Hampton in order to fill the slot for a new junior youth planner. Criteria for the youth planner positions include:

  • Must be a rising junior
  • Under the age of 18
  • Resident of Hampton


The application deadline is May 31. All applications and supporting materials should be Tolu Ibikunle  or Ana Elezovic or mailed to or dropped off at: 

22 Lincoln St.
Community Development Department— 5th Floor
Hampton, Virginia 23669

 *All applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, gender, national origin, or disability.

For more information on the Youth Planner Program, please email.


In 1995, the City of Hampton embarked on a neighborhood planning process that integrated the City's youth to provide input. The collaboration between the youth and city leaders was so successful that Community Development Director Terry O'Neill established the Hampton Youth Planner Program in 1996. Since its inception, the program has been housed in the Community Development Department and has hosted over 20 youth planners.

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