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The Young Planner’s Group is proud to announce the 7th Annual Mentorship Program!

We encourage both seasoned and emerging planners to participate in this dynamic program. This is a great opportunity for students and young planners to get connected with experienced planners in the industry and for mentors to give back to the profession.

– BONUS for Mentors! Mentorship activities are eligible as self-reported AICP CM-Credits –

The Mentorship Groups

The goal of the Mentorship Program is to successfully match emerging planners and students (Protégés) with experienced planning professionals (Mentors) for guidance and support, while offering mentors an opportunity to strengthen ties with our future leaders of the planning community and APA.

Each Mentorship Team is generally made up of: one (1) Senior-level Planner; one (1) Associate or Assistant-level Planner: and 1-2 Protégés.
The ideal mentorship group will form bonds that extend past the life of the Mentorship Program cycle. In order to facilitate better team matching we have made modifications to the Program.

After applying for the Mentorship Program all participants are required to attend the Kick-Off Matching Event. This will resemble a speed networking event where participants will get a chance to meet each other and then rank their preference of Mentor or Protégé. Mentorship Groups will be assigned after the Matching Event.

Submit your application today!

Registration for the Mentorship Program is a 2 Step Process.
Step 1: Submit Mentorship Application (links below) by Monday, December 18, 2017
Step 2: Attend the Kick-Off Matching Event:

  • Tuesday, January 16, 2017
  • 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Fifty Seven Degrees (1735 Hancock Street, San Diego, CA 92101)
  • Link to RSVP will be sent approximately 10 days before the event

Senior Level Mentors are practicing planners with significant experience and knowledge of planning issues and the profession. Mentors have a range of experience and provide technical assistance, guidance, support and feedback. Typically senior level mentors have 7+ years of relevant industry experience. Apply here if that’s you:

Mid-level Mentors are practicing planners with experience and knowledge of planning issues and the profession. They are able to provide guidance and support to students and YPG members with less experience in the field, however may also be seeking guidance from a senior mentor. Typically mid-level mentors have 2 – 7 years of experience. Apply here if that’s you:

Protégés are students and YPG members who are less experienced in the planning profession and are interested in learning more. Apply here if that’s you:

If you are unsure which level you fall under or have any questions, please email us at sdapaypg@gmail.com.