Young Professionals Program

CHAPA's Young Professionals Group (CHAPA YP Group) is an initiative CHAPA has developed for younger professionals in the housing and planning fields. CHAPA envisions this effort will better engage younger professionals in housing and planning with the work we do on our policy agenda, while providing opportunities for professional development and collaboration to those who participate.

The CHAPA YP Group holds a monthly series called the “CHAPA Brown Bag Lunch Series for Young Professionals.”  The goal of the series is to allow an opportunity to engage community development professionals while highlighting trends that involve housing in connection with other fields in planning and community development.  

For 2018, We have developed a series of events dedicated to residential segregation in Boston, MA, and beyond. To check out the series events click HERE for more information. 

If you would like to be added to the CHAPA YP Group distribution list please contact the group's Program Manager, Beyazmin Jimenez, at


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Mentoring Program

CHAPA and the Alliance for Racial Equity partner each year to present: The Mentoring Program. 

The Mentoring Program is designed to promote and support a culture of learning and mentoring within the community development industry. During its ten-year tenure, the program seeks to enhance the preparation of young professionals with 1-2 years of experience; mid to senior level professionals, and board members who demonstrate potential for advancement and growth into positions of leadership. In past years, our participants have came from professional fields covering non-profit and for profit organizations, community development agencies, state and quasi- state organizations, city and town offices, academia, and independent consultants. See the program outline for the 2017-2018 Mentoring program HERE

The Mentoring Program helps facilitate effective and meaningful relationships between and amongst community development professionals through a nine-month intensive designed to help foster relationships, introduce networking techniques and share industry knowledge through the lens of racial and social equity. Find out more about our partner, The Alliance for Racial Equity through the Mel King Institute site HERE.

The 2018-2019 Mentoring Program application will be available July 2018. Stay informed about upcoming program updates by signing up to the Young Professionals' Group distribution list

To find out more about the Mentoring Program, email Beya Jimenez, Program Manager,