As parks and recreation professionals it may be hard to connect the dots between services that you offer, “social equity” and the larger problem of “poverty.” Poverty is a complex, multi-faceted problem that covers a multitude of issues including food insecurity, employment, housing, education, transportation and other areas that impact low-income families. There are many misconceptions about the nearly 46 million Americans that are living in poverty. It’s almost impossible for you to understand what it’s like to be poor in America — unless, of course, you are. But one powerful educational tool that can be used to start those conversations is the Community Action Poverty Simulation.
The NC2NV road trip is making a final stop! We’ve "visited" Ole Miss, University of Missouri and Texas State and conclude with a final stop at Arizona State University’s College of Public Service and Community Solutions!
As the summer continues to fly by, we find ourselves quickly approaching the NRPA Annual Conference.
The Young Professionals Network (YPN) has reached out to two professionals, a first time attendee and a conference veteran, to get their perspective of the annual event and insight you can use too.
I confess, I was a major Parks and Recreation kid. I still have a drawer full of brightly colored, oversized and permanently stained turquoise t-shirts from every summer of my youth spent at the Middletown Department of Parks and Recreation Day Camp. I vividly remember the daily fight for a seat at the counselor’s picnic table, the monthly field trips to Water Wiz, those rainy days spent overtaking the nearby library and coming home so sweaty and dirty from hours of endless play that all my parents could do was hose me off in the driveway. It was there that I learned to play tennis with Counselor Mike, make a mean friendship bracelet with Head Counselor Christine, and jump beach waves with Counselor Kelly. Yes, those were the days.
Flash forward a few decades later and here I am, National Network Manager with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation reliving the glory days of my summer recreation past every day.
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