Reaching out to policy makers, establishing ties with local schools, and volunteering with local non-profits are ways to raise public awareness about landscape architecture. Even the smallest of efforts on the local and state level can raise the profile of the entire profession and make a huge impact on the industry. As the demand for landscape architectural services increases, enrollment in landscape architecture programs is not keeping pace. ASLA has made the recruitment of young people into the profession of landscape architecture a major priority and encourages its members to be a part of its efforts. Below you will find resources and opportunities to volunteer with the ACE Mentor Program and STEMx.
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The ASLA Discover Landscape Architecture Activity Books are for anyone interested in landscape architecture, architecture, planning, and engineering, and for those who like to draw, doodle, and be inspired. The books' primary focus is landscape architecture, giving readers the opportunity to see the many drawings, places, and landscapes created by landscape architects. Download the activity books here: https://www.asla.org/activitybooks/
Ace Mentor Program
The ACE Mentor Program of America is a 501(c)3 corporation founded in 1995 as an innovative way of attracting students, particularly minorities, women and the less privileged, into the architecture, construction and engineering professions. The program relies on mentors – professionals from leading design and construction firms – to volunteer their time and energy to introduce students to a broad range of people, projects and career possibilities within the construction industry. The ACE Mentor Program not only offers mentoring opportunities, but also awards scholarships for selected graduates of the program and summer internships. The ACE Program has chapters across the U.S. in 32 states and the District of Columbia. ASLA is a national supporter with many members participating.
To find out more information or to join the Indianapolis Chapter, please visit: https://www.acementor.org/affiliates/indiana/indianapolis/about-us/
ASLA and STEM
More than half the careers fueling the growth of our cities require proficiency in STEM-related subjects. In 2014, only half the students in the District of Columbia met STEM proficiency standards, leaving most students unprepared to fill these positions.
Join ASLA in helping STEMx close the STEM proficiency gap in your state. STEMx is a multi-state STEM network which provides an accessible platform to share, analyze, and disseminate quality STEM education tools to transform education, expand the number of STEM teachers, increase student achievement in STEM, and grow tomorrow’s innovators.
The Indiana STEM Resource Network website is the following: https://www.istemnetwork.org/