About the Program
The APA Nebraska Chapter is committed to supporting the profession and practice of planning in Nebraska through professional development and the creation of a robust social network. Among these initiatives is the Mentor Match Program, a new program led by the Nebraska Chapter's Emerging Planners Group, the Student Planning Association of Nebraska (SPAN), and the APA Nebraska Chapter Executive Board.
The Mentor Match Program is an informal program to connect established planners with those emerging into the profession. Interested mentors are matched with planning students and emerging professionals in the Fall of every year based on areas of expertise and professional interests and aspirations. Throughout the following year, matched pairs spend a minimum of 6-12 hours together.
The program kicked off in the Fall of 2018 and has made 21 mentor/mentee matches to date. Our mentors and mentees have spent time together job shadowing, attending conference sessions and workshops together, sharing meals or coffee, videoconferencing, meeting up at Emerging Planners Group networking and social events, and more.
Past participants have noted that the program is a very flexible and rewarding way to get involved and meet others with similar interests and aspirations. It is our responsibility to raise this new generation of planners, and to support an ongoing legacy of sound professional planning in Nebraska.