The answer to this question is complicated and only appropriate for each individual to personally answer.
Students in Baltimore participate in Branches, a summer and afterschool internship program of the Parks & People Foundation, which employs youth to tend to the city’s green spaces and learn about opportunities available to them after high school.
Young professionals sometimes learn to lead by doing.
Navigating the park and recreation career ladder
It's a fun way for participants to learn to respect nature and can help drive interest in parks and promote partnerships with local organizations.
Some tips to help young park and recreation professionals navigate their first NRPA Conference.
Camp Best Friends, one of the largest summer camp programs in the country, helped make me the person I am and inspires me to strive for better.
NRPA’s Young Professional Network provides career support at Conference and throughout the year through networking, mentoring, idea exchanges and other avenues.
It's about making a difference in people’s lives.
Easy ways young professionals can build fitness into their non-traditional schedules.
Young professionals are uniquely positioned to give back.
The online versus on-campus approach to career development.
A few basic rules to avoid career-ending activism.
Tiffany Johnson, CPRP, MPA, lays out the path she took on the road to a leadership position within parks and recreation.
Three park and recreations professionals offer insights on how to make the transition from school to real-life career.
Lindsay Labas, marketing director for Carmel Clay, Indiana, Parks and Recreation, sat down for a Q&A to share some insights into the value of involving young park and recreation professionals in crowdfunding campaigns.
Young park and recreation professionals seeking a well-rounded, hands-on experience in the field should consider beginning a career with Morale, Welfare and Recreation.
P&R magazine hears from three of NRPA’s talented young professionals who share how they engage with underserved communities.
Direct experience with nature can unlock a child’s inherent desire to explore and see connections in the world around them.
Changing times do not erase the importance of preserving and promoting America’s special natural places to our children.
Joining NRPA as a student opens up a world of professional connections and networking opportunities.
Thinking ahead when developing youth sport programming can lead to more successful endeavors and ease of measurability when analyzing results.
Consider integrating technology into children's nature experiences for a modern, layered approach to education and conservation.
Young professionals are excited to contribute their skills, ingenuity and innovation to assist with the transition toward a more intentional form of recreation.
Tips for students to improve skills and use knowledge beyond the classroom.
Membership in your state association has a number of benefits, including professional development and networking.
Investing in ongoing professional development keeps you up-to-date and relevant in the field of parks and recreation.
The park and recreation field is unique in its members' enthusiasm for sharing their ideas with each other, which benefits the field as a whole and every community it serves.
Getting involved with community organizations is a great way for young professionals to learn valuable skills.
Setting goals helps you get organized and sets a scene for success in achieving daily, monthly, yearly and even lifetime objectives.
Park and recreation agencies could better serve their communities with family-focused programming.
NRPA’s Congress is packed full of opportunities for young professionals in the field of parks and recreation.
Trails are critical recreation outlets for young adults, so it’s important that park professionals and legislators alike continue to provide support for keeping these significant pathways open for all.
Camp employment has the potential to benefit campers and counselors alike.
Recreation undergraduate student clubs are invaluable to future professionals in the field of parks and recreation. Here are some proven ways to successfully recruit participants.
A great mentor will teach you to harness your strengths, overcome your weaknesses and move you to become more than either of you ever thought possible.
Graduate students need to watch out for potential publishing scams.
A first-time Congress attendee shares networking lessons learned and applied in Houston.
Good collaboration with helpful partners can make or break your recreation program.
Cloud data storage allows you to access your data from anywhere, but you'll need to do some research to determine the best service or program for your agency's needs.
A casual, personable presentation still starts with research and preparation
Social media and other forms of electronic communication should aid your career advancement, not hinder it
Spreading the word on the importance of parks to vibrant communities.
A Master of Public Administration degree offers broad options.
Financial help for young professionals struggling with student loans
Making a difference to at-risk youth requires a balance of patience and support
Alert your community to National Visit a Park Day coming on October 4, 2013
Seven essential tips to help young managers enhance performance.
Young professionals within the field of parks and recreation have much to offer.
Don't let your next generation of employees waste their time making coffee and sorting the mail. Interns can be extremely valuable assets to your agency's present and future success.