Category Archives: Events

YMI Volunteer Event Buffalo Bayou Clean-up – October 21st

Join your fellow Houston area Young Professionals in a volunteer event to clean and help restore Buffalo Bayou after Hurricane Harvey.
What:  Post Hurricane Harvey Buffalo Bayou Clean Up YMI Volunteer Event

When:  Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 8:00am – 12:00pm

Where:  1803 Memorial Dr.  Houston, TX

RSVP by October 16th:  Please contact Lizanne Douglas ( or Ishita Rahman ( if you have any questions.

Bayou Clean Up

Stay tuned for more information on the location and type of activity. Tools and materials required for cleanup will be provided at the location.



Monthly Event – Bike Tour with Bayou City Bike Tours – April 22nd

Please join YPT Houston for a fun filled Saturday afternoon with Bayou City Bike Tours on Saturday, April 22nd.  The bike tour will highlight some of Houston’s new bicylce facilities including the Lamar Street Cycle Track, Holman Street Cycle Track, and the Hawthorne/Holman shortcut.  There is no cost for the tour, however if you do not have your own bike for the tour rentals are available for $30.00.  A map of the proposed route of the tour is below:

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When: Saturday, April 22nd, 3:00PM

Where: Bayou City Bike Tours – 1824 Spring St.  Houston, TX  77007

Cost:  Free if you bring your own bike, $30.00 for bike rental.

Click HERE to Register!

YPT Houston Volunteers March 25th – 24th annual River, Lakes, Bays ‘n Bayous Trash Bash

Please mark your calendar on Saturday, March 25th at 8:00AM for the 24th annual River, Lakes, Bays ‘n Bayous Trash Bash from 8am to 12pm. We will be joining other volunteers from the local chapters of other professional societies across Houston to volunteer for this cleanup event. There will be many groups of adults and children volunteering on this day at 14 sites across the Galveston Bay Watershed. We have selected the Buffalo Bayou (Upper)-Terry Hershey Park cleanup site.

We will assemble at 15200 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77079. Valetta Saldanha and Keval Satra will be the volunteer co-ordinators and will register the volunteers before the day of the event. On the day of the event, volunteers will meet at the assembly location, submit the waiver forms and then proceed to the cleanup sites.

Kindly fill out the registration waiver form found HERE and bring it with you on the day of the event.  Also, please do not forget to register with YPT Houston to let us know that you will be coming.  Registration is free HERE.

Parking – A parking lot is located between Highway 6 and Eldridge, at 15200 Memorial Drive where volunteers will be getting on vans for transportation to sites throughout the park. However, the parking lot will be filled very early in the morning. An additional parking lot is located on the north side of the park off of the Interstate 10 Frontage Road just east of BP Way and before you reach Langham Creek. Most people will need to park on Memorial Mews St. and Memorial View Drive and walk to the registration location at the pavilion.

Area to be Cleaned – The areas to be cleaned are the wooded areas along Buffalo Bayou in Terry Hershey Park from Highway 6 to Beltway 8. We will also clean parts of Langham Creek. We will also be selecting new areas in the reservoirs for special work crews.

Saturday, March 25th at 8:00am – 12pm

Starting Location:  Buffalo Bayou – Upper (Terry Hershey Park)

15200 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77079

More information can be found at

YPT Houston – Judges Needed for 58th Annual Science and Engineering Fair of Houston

YPT Houston invites you to be a Judge for he 58th Annual Science and Engineering Fair of Houston – Application Deadline is February 10th

SEFH place award judges are required to have a bachelor’s degree and have knowledge in the category they judge. Every project is judged in a team of three – five SEFH judges. Judging takes place from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM on February 25, 2017. Judges must arrive at least 1 hour prior to the judging time for each phase. Online Applications here

Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 9:00am – 3:00pm

Fair Location: University of Houston Main Campus Alumni Center
3204 Cullen Blvd. Room 201
Houston, TX 77204
See the event schedule for more specifics.


Run of Pi – 5K Run and 1K Walk – February 18th


Then we have the perfect event for you.  Please join fellow YPT members in the Run of Pi – 5K Run and 1K Walk

Purpose: This race supports Houston area Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematic (STEM) programs.  The proceeds of the run will provide funds for local Houston elementary, middle, and high schools that support STEM programs.

Location: University of Houston – Main Campus (Start and End at Lynn Eusan Park)

Date and Time: Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 8:00 A.M.


Save the Date for the Big Six Workshop on November 21!

Houston APA is sponsoring the “Big Six” workshop where the planning director from Texas’ six biggest cities are going to get together in one room, present on each respective city, and field questions!

The Texas Big Six 2040 Signature Workshop With a horizon year of 2040, key representatives from Texas’ six largest cities, Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio, will speak about major plans, policies, and projects currently underway that will shape the livability, resiliency, and competitiveness of these cities and our region’s future.

The panelists include:

  • Greg Guernsey, Director of Planning, City of Austin
  • David Cossum, Director of Sustainability and Construction, City of Dallas
  • Carlos Gallinar, Deputy Director of City Development and Planning, City of El Paso
  • Randle Harwood, Director of Planning and Development, City of Fort Worth
  • Pat Walsh, Director of Planning and Development, City of Houston
  • John Dugan, Director of Planning, City of San Antonio
  • Keynote Speaker: Andrew Howard, AICP, Team Better Block

 The Texas Big Six 2040 Signature Workshop Friday, November 21, 2014

8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m at Texas Southern University.
Barbara Jordan/Mickey Leeland School of Public Affairs Cleburne St at Tierwester St Houston, TX 77004


Six Continuing Educations (CM) credits pending. For more information, contact Kelly Porter, AICP Director – APA Texas Houston Section at 713.993.4529 or

For complete information see our flyer: B6_Announcement (2)

APTA EXPO Public Transportation Innovation Challenge: Have an idea?

Public Transportation Innovation Challenge

Have an inventive idea for the public transportation industry? As part of APTA’s breadth of Workforce Development initiatives, we invite forward thinkers to get in front of an audience of public transportation professionals at APTA’s EXPO 2014 and present your innovative idea that offers an “out of the box” solution to complicated public transportation challenges.

Speakers will have five minutes to teach, enlighten, inspire, and present a new idea and potentially secure business opportunities.

Winners in each category will receive a $500 cash prize. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

  • Most Innovative Concept
  • Most Realistic Proposal That Could Be Implemented Today
  • Best Overall Presentation


  • Complete this form, including a 500 word or less abstract of your proposed idea by September 10, 2014
  • Selected participants will create a 20 slide PowerPoint presentation, where each slide will automatically advance giving speakers five minutes to pitch their innovative and creative public transportation idea. Click here to see an example of this presentation format
  • Multiple entries are accepted and encouraged


  •  Abstract proposals due by September 10, 2014
  • Applicants who are selected to present will be notified by September 17, 2014
  • Presenters will participate in a conference call to review presentation requirements on September 22, 2014
  • Final PowerPoints due on October 3, 2014


Presentations will occur in the Learning Zone on Plaza 3 at APTA’s EXPO on Monday, October 13 from 3 to 5 p.m. Judging will be done by a panel of public transportation professionals and will take place directly following all presentations.


 Your presentation and PowerPoint must be your original work and must not contain any third-party content or other materials (such as text, graphics, music, artwork or logos) which you do not have the right or license to use. Do not include any copyrighted content in your PowerPoint unless (i) you own the copyright, (ii) you have permission from the rightful owner of the material or (iii) you are otherwise legally entitled to use the material and to grant APTA’s EXPO a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free sub-licensable and transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, and display the material in any form for any purpose.


 For questions or guidance, please contact Nick Norboge,


APTA’s EXPO 2014
ANNUAL Meeting: October 12 – 15, 2014
EXPO: October 13 – 15, 2014
George R. Brown Convention Center
Houston, Texas

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