City Essay

City Essay

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The City Essay is the first place where students share their vision of their future city. They will write a 1,500-word essay describing the unique attributes of their city and their solution to the 2017-2018 challenge: The Age-Friendly City. This year's challenge asks participants to identify an age-related challenge that exists in today's urban environments and engineer two innovative solutions that allow their future city's senior citizens to be as active and independent as they want to be. 


Getting Started

Before students get started, be sure to do the following:

  • Review the City Essay Rubric here or located on page 64 of the Program Handbook.

City Essay Requirements

  • Students should identify one age-related challenge older citizens have and engineer two solutions.
  • The essay cannot exceed 1,500 words and should be free of grammatical and spelling errors.
  • Teams may include a maximum of four graphics.
  • Students must cite at least three sources of information used during the idea development process. MLA style preferred. Download the MLA Reference Template from the Resources section for examples and guidelines.
  • Students should use a variety of sources of information, such as interviews with experts, reference books, periodicals, and websites. NOTE: Wikipedia is not accepted as a source of research.
  • The essay must be submitted as a Word document via the Online Submission Center at Check with your regional coordinator for you'r region's deadline.

For more on the City Essay, download the Program Handbook from the Resource section and refer to Appendix: Deliverables City Essay, beginning on page 56.