PLAN Sac Valley Mentoring Program



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:

  • The politics and nuances of public, private, and nonprofit sector planning
  • Planning into the future
  • Tips for your professional toolkit
  • Résumé and interview skill building
  • Discovering your strengths
  • Planning for the next steps in your career

The 9-month PLAN program (October 2019 – June 2020) also integrates participants with other Sac Valley Section and YPG events, including the holiday party and the Section Awards Night.

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 2019-2020 program year. Sponsor a session with a $250 donation and have the chance to speak to the 2019-20 class of emerging planners about your organization. If you or your organization is interested in sponsoring a session, please contact Kate Rose, 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:

  • October 16th Kick Off
  • November 20th Tips for Your Professional Toolkit
  • January 15th Resume and Interview Workshop
  • February 19th Equity in Planning
  • March 18th Planning into the Future
  • April 15th Mock City Council
  • May 20th Next Steps in Your Planning Profession
  • June 3rd Catapult Party*

*Please note that the Catapult Party is a larger event and may require a larger donation.

Apply Today!

Applications for the 2019/2020 PLAN Sac Valley mentoring program are now closed. If you are interested in applying to be a part of a future PLAN class, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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.

2019 Section Sponsors

Without the support of our sponsors, many of the programs we offer would not be possible.  Click on the logos to the right to learn about each firm.
To our sponsors -- Thank You!

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