What is YEP?

The American Planning Association, California Central Section formed the Young and Emerging Planners (YEP) group as a resource for young and emerging planning professionals through: 

  • Creating a social & professional network to connect young and emerging planners to each other and seasoned professionals through social events, mixers, and mentorship programs
  • Developing programs of interest to young and emerging planners, related to leadership and skill development, career planning, and networking
  • Providing opportunities to explore different specializations and disciplines, planning trends, and regional activities

Who is considered a Young and Emerging Planner?

  • Anybody entering the planning profession*
  • Anybody in their first 10 years of the profession*
  • Students (Undergraduate or Graduate, planning majors, geographic majors, business administration… it doesn’t matter what your major is if you’re interested in the field).

*There is no age restriction!

How do I join YEP and get more info?

Join the American Planning Association:

Sign-up for our newsletter by emailing CentralYEP@gmail.com.

Join our Discord Server: https://discord.gg/SUEEYpKWvV

Join our Facebook Group:  Coming soon

Follow our Instagram Page: Coming soon

More questions?

Email CentralYEP@gmail.com


(Application window NOW OPEN!!).


Looking for funding assistance for school or becoming AICP?  Check out the links below:

WTS – Central California Chapter Undergraduate Scholarship

CenCal APA AICP Scholarship


We regularly update our list of entry level and mid-career job and internships which can be found here:



If you have an opportunity you would like to share, please email CentralYEP@gmail.com.

For more senior planning positions, please visit our Jobs in the Section webpage.


Coming soon