Mentor Match

Creating connections. Serving the next generation of planners.

The Mentor Match program offers emerging and seasoned professionals with a realistic, tangible opportunity to make connections and share advice about career and professional development during APA's national or chapter conferences.

What's Involved?

APA members sign up to be a mentor or mentee and are matched based on areas of interest and geography. Participants meet face-to-face during the conference and discuss topics of their choice. Keeping in touch after the conference is not required, although certainly encouraged. See the links below for more details about the national or chapter programs that interest you. Space is limited and usually assigned on a first-come/first-serve basis.

Benefits to Students and New Planners?

Gain access to a seasoned professional in a relaxed, casual setting.  Ask candid questions about what it's like to work in the field of planning, advice on your resume or career path, or any other question you've wanted to ask but haven't had the chance to.

Benefits to Seasoned Professionals?

Give back to the next generation of planners. Help them launch their career in the right direction and connect with the APA community.

Available Programs

APA National Program

The National Mentor Match program will be offered at the upcoming 2016 National Planning Conference in Phoenix, April 2–5, 2016. Applications will be accepted starting in December 2015.

APA Chapter Programs

APA Delaware/Maryland Chapters

APA Florida Chapter

APA Iowa Chapter

APA North Carolina Chapter


Chapter Toolkit – Creating Your Own Mentor Match program

Participant Feedback

"The best part of participating was the opportunity to have an in-depth conversation with someone in my desired field. It was also great to be able to get feedback and advice on networking and my resume!"
—Elissa San (Luis Obispo, California)

 "The best aspect was meeting young planners with enthusiasm and optimism ... gives one hope!"
—Robert (Orland Park, Illinois)

"Getting to engage with a professional in a more-or-less structured context, particularly since it was my first conference and I didn't know many people there. It was a great springboard to meet people!"
—Valecia (Auburn, Alabama)

"Getting to meet young planners and share thoughts, ideas, emerging trends from old and new school perspectives."
—Lucien (Prairieville, Louisiana)