The American Planning Association - Illinois Chapter (APA-IL) invites all Illinois planning 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. The American Planning Association is committed to the development of the next generation of planners and hopes that students will discover both fulfillment and opportunity from this Illinois Chapter sponsored program.