The Young Planners Group (YPG) is a resource for early-career and mid-career members of APA MN.

Young Planners Group Co-Chairs:

Leila Bunge
763-251-1015 | E-mail

Kathleen Russell
E-mail


Seeking Co-Chairs

 The Young Planners Group (YPG) is seeking two co-chair positions to lead the committee and serve on the APA-MN Board of Directors.

The co-chairs will implement the Chapter's Strategic Plan by re-inventing the existing Mentorship Program to work with social distancing and remote meeting expectations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Mentorship Program was established in 2017 and focused on the metro area. However, the newly envisioned program can take a number of different directions based on the new co-chairs' ideas. The co-chairs are also responsible for accepting inquiries from new and potential APA-MN members who identify as YPG, which is typically planners under the age of 35 or in an entry-level planning position. The time commitment required is a minimum of two hours per month, but will depend on the work plan specified by the co-chairs and approved by the Board. If the co-chairs wish to do so, they may establish a YPG committee to assist with implementation of the YPG work plan. 

If interested, please respond to admin@planningmn.org by Thursday, October 8, 2020.



2019-2020 Mentor Program

Organized by the Young Planners Group

The APA-MN Chapter’s Young Planners Group is kicked off its 3rd annual Mentor Program! The first event was Speed Networking event hosted by WSB on Thursday, October 10, 2019.

For participating mentors, this is an exciting opportunity to volunteer your time giving back to the planning community and provide young professional planners with the skills they cannot learn in school. For participating mentees, this is a casual format to meet new professionals and learn industry knowledge in both group and one-on-one settings. Both groups will also gain AICP CM credits and participate in fun events sponsored by the Young Planners Group during the mentor program.

Click here for a fact sheet about the mentor program.

We are asking for participants to apply who are willing to contribute up to 10 hours of their time from October 2019 to April 2020 by attending up to three planned events and up to three individual meetings with your mentor/mentee. Please consider this exciting opportunity!

Questions? Contact one of the Mentoring Co-Chairs: Leila Bunge Leila.Bunge@kimley-horn.com or Kathleen Russell krussell540@gmail.com