PLAN Sac Valley Mentoring Program



Applications for the 2021 PLAN class are now available!

Application Deadline: Saturday, November 7th 5:00 PM
We are excited to announce that PLAN Sac Valley will return for its 10th year as a virtual 6-month mentoring program!

Receive Mentoring – Do you want to develop technical, leadership, and networking skills to advance your career? PLAN Sac Valley provides emerging planners, with less than 5 years of career experience, the exposure and a greater understanding of the tools and resources available to be a successful professional planner.

Be a Mentor – Have you always wanted give back and be a mentor to emerging professionals? PLAN Sac Valley is looking for established technical and planning policy professionals to volunteer as mentors and share their knowledge and experience.

About the Program

PLAN Sac Valley is a dynamic and challenging one-on-one and group mentoring forum for personal and professional growth and development. The program matches planners (mentees) just starting their careers with established technical and policy planning professionals (mentors) that will share their invaluable knowledge and experience to help mentees:

  • Build an extended network of peers and professionals that will serve as a valuable resource during and after the mentoring program.
  • Develop new technical and professional skills and increase your knowledge of planning policy.
  • Gain greater knowledge of the planning profession and how to position and market yourself for success.
  • Learn how to navigate the complexities of the planning profession and how to interact with a variety of other related stakeholders and professions.
  • Understand the resources available to increase your professional effectiveness.

The program curriculum addresses topics such as:

  • Planning into the future
  • Resume and interview skill building
  • Discovering your strengths
  • Goal setting for the next steps in your career

Donate to PLAN

The PLAN program has offered mentorship, networking, and professional development to Sacramento Valley planners for nearly ten years. To continue serving emerging planners in our region, we are offering the opportunity to donate to PLAN. If PLAN has benefited you or your organization and you are interested in way to give back, consider sponsoring a PLAN session for the 2021 program year. Sponsor a session with a $250 donation and have the chance to speak to the 2021 class of emerging planners about your organization. If you or your organization is interested in sponsoring a session, please contact Katie Green, Steering Committee Chair, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

PLAN is seeking sponsors for the following monthly group sessions:

  • Kickoff
  • Discover your Strengths
  • Planning into the Future
  • Resume and Interview
  • Equity in Planning
  • Mock City Council
  • Catapult Party

Apply Today!

Applications for the PLAN Program are due by 5:00 pm on Saturday, November 7, 2020. Competitive need-based scholarships and payment plan options are available. For questions or more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Apply to Be a Mentor
Click here for the Mentor Application Form

Apply to Be a Mentee
Click here for the Mentee Application Form

learn more at the PLAN social mixer!

Join the PLAN Sac Valley Steering Committee, past PLAN program participants, and other interested mentors and mentees on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 via Zoom for the PLAN Social Mixer. Use this opportunity to meet other planning professionals, learn more about the program, and gain insight into this enriching award-winning program. Don’t miss out, PLAN to be there!

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 6:00pm 
Location: Zoom Meeting ID: 827 9063 3695 or following link:

The mission of PLAN Sac Valley is to provide the next generation of professional planners with a dynamic and challenging one-on-one and group mentoring forum for personal and professional growth and advancement. PLAN is dedicated to providing young planners new technical insight into planning and other related fields, professional development tips, leadership skills, networking strategies, exposure to community service, and so much more. Participants with PLAN Sac Valley gain a greater knowledge of the professional planning sphere and build an extended network of peers and mentors that serve as a priceless resource during and beyond the program experience.

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