Yolanda Garcia Community Planning Award Nomination Form

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About the Award

The Yolanda Garcia Community Planner Award (YGCP) acknowledges the hard-working leaders of grassroots, community-based planning. The award was created to commemorate Ms. Yolanda Garcia, a community activist in the South Bronx. Under Ms. Garcia’s leadership, the residents of Melrose challenged the City, created an alternative to an urban renewal plan, and transformed a neighborhood. The organization created by Ms. Garcia, We Stay/Nos Quedamos, is bringing that community’s vision to life through planning, design, construction, and programming.

Award Criteria

Each year, the Municipal Art Society Planning Center presents the YGCP award to a community planner who embodies the spirit of the work of Ms. Garcia and Nos Quedamos. The award will be presented to an individual who has demonstrated his or her ability to overcome the many obstacles to grassroots, community-based planning and has succeeded in bringing neighborhood need and vision into New York City’s planning process. The award recipient must:

- Work on a placed-based community plan aimed at addressing local needs, limiting displacement, and improving the overall quality of life for neighborhood residents;
- Be a self-taught planner with no formal, academic, or professional training as a planner;
- Work in a low- to moderate-income community within the five boroughs of New York City;
- Use an inclusive, community-driven approach that values participation and the use of local knowledge;
- Have a proactive approach to planning focusing not only on advocacy, but on the actual creation and implementation of a community-based plan.

All nominations will be reviewed by the YGCP Award Selection Committee.

The recipient will be honored at MAS Annual Meeting this summer.

To learn more about the award, please visit http://mas.org/awards/ygcpa. For a hard copy of the nomination form, or for any questions, please contact Lacey Tauber, Community Liaison at 212.935.3960 x 261 or via email at ltauber@mas.org.