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APA-IL Mentoring Program

The American Planning Association - Illinois Chapter (APA-IL) would like to invite Illinois college students to participate in the APA-IL Mentoring Program. The program was created as a way for students to get in touch with practicing planners as they pursue academic studies, a planning degree and a fulfilling career.

Interaction with a mentor may be an occasional meeting for coffee, a visit to their place of employment 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."

To sign up go to the mentoring website on Yahoo! groups. Since participation in the Mentoring Program is restricted to APA-IL members, make sure to include your American Planning Association ID# so APA-IL can verify your membership. Once you are approved for access, you may go to the Yahoo website to review mentor profiles. When you have identified potential mentors, send your request to Michael Mays, Mentoring Program Coordinator, who will determine mentor availability. Once availability has been confirmed, students will be provided mentor contact information for follow up.

Students participating in the APA-IL Mentoring Program are encouraged to use the Yahoo! Group website as a way to post messages regarding the mentoring program. Mentors are also encouraged to use this site as a way to connect with students involved in the mentoring program.

The American Planning Association 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.

Questions? Contact:
Karen Stonehouse, Mentoring Program Coordinator
Paula Freeze , IL-APA Newsletter Editor/Webmaster