[ApaIllinois] Giving Back...The APA-IL Mentoring Program

APA-IL Editor editor at ilapa.org
Thu May 20 14:25:53 CDT 2010

Each of us can remember a time during our academic career how much we appreciated the opportunity to speak with someone in the planning profession.  Perhaps you were fortunate enough to have someone who served as a mentor, providing guidance as you prepared for the career that lay ahead.

Well, now is the time to give back.

The American Planning Association - Illinois Chapter (APA-IL) invites you to participate in the APA-IL Mentoring Program.  Over the past two years, the program has been a way for students to get in touch with practicing planners. The program is currently looking for mentors that:
may have chosen a non-traditional role, such has working for a non-profit organization or a developer.  only have a few years experience as a planner.  They offer a unique perspective regarding the new challenges in today’s job market.Interaction with students may be an occasional meeting for coffee, a visit to your workplace or correspondence via phone and email.  The level of commitment is determined up front by the student and mentor.  The goal, however, is to offer students access to the experience and insight of planners who have “been there before.”

Students view mentor profiles online but mentor names are omitted. Students work with the Mentoring Program Coordinator to determine availability.  We know how busy you are and want to verify at the time of the request that you have time to work with the student.  

The APA is committed to the development of the next generation of planners and hopes that students and mentors alike will discover both fulfillment and opportunity from this Illinois Chapter sponsored program.

Contact Michael Mays, Mentoring Program Coordinator at mmays at vil.woodridge.il.us or (630)719-4766 if you have any questions. Thanks in advance for your consideration.

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