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 Planning Conference each spring.
HOW IT WORKS
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.
Interested in being mentored? Apply for the program at this year's 2017 National Planning Conference in New York (application period opens in December 2016) or contact your local APA chapter. Many chapters run their own Mentor Match programs at state conferences as well as year-around mentoring programs.
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.
"Getting to engage with a professional in a more-or-less structured context [was the best aspect], 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)
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.
"The best aspect was meeting young planners with enthusiasm and optimism ... gives one hope!"
—Robert (Orland Park, Illinois)
"Getting to meet young planners and share thoughts, ideas, emerging trends from old and new school perspectives [was the best aspect]."
—Lucien (Prairieville, Louisiana)
Mentor Match Toolkit for APA chapters
- A brief history and framework for the program
- A list of steps to get your program running
- A sample timeline
- A list of to-do’s/not-to-do’s based on lessons learned
- A sample of feedback received from participants
Contact Monica Groh, Director of Emerging Professionals, at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions.