In February 2014’s edition of Parks & Recreation Magazine, Michael Bradley highlighted the value of developing a relationship with a professional mentor. Mentorship offers professionals an opportunity to listen, question and develop innovative strategies to serve their communities while advancing the profession. NRPA Young Professional and Administrator’s Network offers NRPA members the opportunity to participate in a mentoring program. My involvement in NRPA has afforded me the opportunity to be mentored by several mentors at the forefront of the field.
How many people can say that they have been recognized nationally for the work that they have done? My assumption is not many. At my first National Congress in Baltimore (2008) I remember being blown away by the National Awards reception. I couldn’t help but think, wow, this is so amazing to recognize fellow park and recreational professionals on this level. The faces and reactions of those who received awards were those of extreme excitement and pride. I recall wondering, how does someone go about walking on that stage? At that point, I could only hope that someday I would be fortunate and successful enough to be honored in such a way. Did I ever expect to win a National Award? I guess not; but I would have never known or had the chance if someone did not take the time to nominate me.
Exciting internship opportunities for young park
and recreation professionals abound in the world of Morale, Welfare and
Recreation (MWR), even if you don’t have your sights set on a career serving
the military. Contributors Jay Tryon and John Prue discuss the benefits of
these programs in a recent NRPA Open Space vlog.
Will Lebzelter, Communications Associate for Jeffco Open Space, details how park and recreation pros can easily start to incorporate videos into regular communications. Anybody can learn to do it!
We have a lot of clichés in our professional lives. But they are all really different ways of saying that we are going to think about things in a fresh manner and seek to increase the performance of what we are doing. So aside from all the worn out phrases, how do we do this within the field of parks and recreation?
Someday I’ll take that vacation. Someday I’ll read that book. Someday I’ll start that business. Raise your hand if you have ever started a sentence with “Someday, I’ll.” I know my hand is up—and that’s hard to do when you are typing.
Are you attending NRPA's Green School? Mike Trigg, Superintendent of Parks for the Waukegan Park District, Waukegan, Illinois did, and highly recommends it to all park professionals. Read why he says so and about the award-winning results attendance at the school had for his agency.
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