Academic Outreach

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Volunteers are needed for the

North Texas Future City Competion!

January 28, 2023 at TCC Trinity River Campus in downtown Fort Worth


Future Cities is a national engineering education program that teams middle school students with professionals and teachers to tackle the challenge of building a livable city of the future. Examples of some of the past challenges students have been presented with are building a city that withstands disasters, building a city on the moon, addressing aging populations, and dealing with waste.  The 2023 challenge has students addressing climate change in their city.

Through exciting, hands-on applications, students have fun while learning about science and technology (STEM), and developing valuable life skills. . . . and, they have a chance to win a trip to the National Finals in Washington, DC.

Fort Worth PMI sponsors the "Riskonator" Award which awards $250 to the team that best demonstrates risk identification and mitigation. In addition, the PMI Education Foundation sponsors a $1000 national project plan award. Volunteers are needed to help judge the model cities and interview the student team members on January 28, 2023. 

If you are interested in volunteering please send an email to  


Continue reading below about the competition held in January 2022 and volunteer experiences.

Fort Worth Chapter of PMI (FWPMI) supports our community in many different ways. One way is through our involvement with the North Texas Future City Competition.  The competition was held virtually in January 2022 and FWPMI was there in full force! Cindy Vandersleen, Samantha Cowan, David Rico, Hope Olsen, Candace Williams-Martin and Kathy Harvel volunteered for one or more of the following roles: project plan judge, special award judge, interview judge and team mentor.

FWPMI sponsored the Riskonator special award that awards $250 to the team that best demonstrates risk identification and mitigation.  The winner of the Riskonator award for 2022 was “Fresh Start” from Pioneer Heritage Middle School in Frisco, Texas. 

PMIEF (Project Management Institute Educational Foundation) sponsored the Outstanding Future City Project Plan award which recognizes excellence in creating a project plan and application of project management principles. The winner of the PMIEF award was Tigertopia from Dripping Springs. PMIEF awards $1000 to the team with the best project plan at the national competition.



See what your FWPMI colleagues said about their experience

Samantha Cowan: Volunteering with Future Cities was an enriching experience! I was able to see the great work that the children were capable of producing as well as leveraging my project management  knowledge to the next generation! I volunteered as a special award and general judge and did that both in person and virtually. Both experiences were enjoyable and I encourage everyone who can volunteer to do so!

David Rico: I am glad that I took the time to volunteer! When the opportunity arose, I did not know how this would work, nor had I ever been a judge. However, I knew that I wanted to help our youth in our communities. When I asked for more information, I was made aware that there was training available and an amazing team who provided support, which made me feel at ease.

During the day of the event, the youth demonstrated a great attitude, gratitude, respect, and outstanding communications skills. I was very impressed with the projects and even more with their ideas, perspectives, and future vision. The youth seemed as though they spent enormous amounts of time researching, and some of them dealt with many of the present challenges that we all are facing. They had to figure out ways to communicate since some couldn't meet face to face and with time limitations.

To be honest, I was not expecting to judge youth projects from other countries. It was a great feeling to represent Fort Worth Chapter – PMI and to know that I could impact families around the globe from the comfort of my home through my service. It was a pleasure to help as a judge of the special awards.

Candace Williams-Martin: The focus of this year’s North Texas Future City Competition was a Waste Free Future.  Student participants from the US and abroad competed virtually in five categories to determine which team’s future city design reigned supreme: Engineering & Technology, TEAMWORK & Collaboration, City Systems & Operations, City Design and Circular Economy.  

Students researched and worked with a variety of engineers to develop a plan for their future city.  They developed innovative plans for reusing and recycling to minimize waste.  Teams focused on clean air and low to zero pollution living.  During the competition, students’ videos explained and toured judges around their cities.  After the tour, judges asked students questions from the five categories and based scores upon a rubric rating scale.

The judges were impressed by the collaborative efforts and ingenuity teams modeled.  With that kind of creative, out-of-the-box problem solving, of future is in great hands!

Hope Olsen: We completed several mentoring sessions with the Young Men’s Leadership Academy (YMLA) through Zoom. The young scholars asked questions regarding how to create a project plan, how to think about and assess risk and other pertinent questions for the competition. It was a very rewarding experience seeing them process their thoughts into action.


Academic Outreach Team

This team strives to advance the profession and practice of project management by developing relationships with local academic institutions (middle school, high school, colleges and universities).   They create awareness of PMI Education Foundation and academic standards and work with these institutions to create demand for project management programs, clubs and curricula.

Do you remember being a student? If you could go back and give your young self the project management skills you have today, how would your personal and academic life have been different? Or consider this: How much more could your favorite charity accomplish if it applied project management principles?  And what is the likelihood that project management tools could impact the future of classroom learning and nonprofit success?

It’s not only possible, it’s happening!

When you partner with the PMI Educational Foundation, you empower people to become leaders and effective problem-solvers. You help them reach their full potential to change the future. PMIEF has inspired people around the world to use project management for social good®. We hope you will make a gift of $25 today to ensure that this work continues!

You know the power of project management in your own life; now give back by renewing your support today. Change lives through your gift to PMIEF