Future Leaders

To Ph.D. or Not to Ph.D.?

The answer to this question is complicated and only appropriate for each individual to personally answer.

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Empowering Youth to Care for Local Parks and Their Neighborhoods

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.

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When Leadership Is 'Green'

Young professionals sometimes learn to lead by doing.

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From Young Professional to Respected Leader

Navigating the park and recreation career ladder

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Bringing Whitewater Kayaking to Your Community

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.

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There Is a First Time for Everything

Some tips to help young park and recreation professionals navigate their first NRPA Conference.

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I Am a Product of My Environment

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.

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Who, What, When, Why? Your Official Invite to the YPN

NRPA’s Young Professional Network provides career support at Conference and throughout the year through networking, mentoring, idea exchanges and other avenues.

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Success Through the Lens of ‘The Greatest’

It's about making a difference in people’s lives.

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Young Professionals Need Fitness, Too

Easy ways young professionals can build fitness into their non-traditional schedules.

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Young Professionals Can Be Great Mentors

Young professionals are uniquely positioned to give back.

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Contrasting Modalities of Post-Graduate Studies

The online versus on-campus approach to career development.

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Activism Must Be Balanced by Realism

A few basic rules to avoid career-ending activism.

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Lessons From the Road to Leadership

Tiffany Johnson, CPRP, MPA, lays out the path she took on the road to a leadership position within parks and recreation.

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Going Beyond the Degree: Real-Life Education

Three park and recreations professionals offer insights on how to make the transition from school to real-life career. 

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Let Young Professionals Take the Crowdfunding Reigns

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.

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The Morale, Welfare and Recreation Experience

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. 

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How Young Professionals Engage Underserved Communities

P&R magazine hears from three of NRPA’s talented young professionals who share how they engage with underserved communities.

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A Walk in the Park

Direct experience with nature can unlock a child’s inherent desire to explore and see connections in the world around them.

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Preserving Our Connection to This Land

 Changing times do not erase the importance of preserving and promoting America’s special natural places to our children. 

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Five Great Reasons to Invest in a Student NRPA Membership

Joining NRPA as a student opens up a world of professional connections and networking opportunities. 

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Integrating Evaluability Assessment into Youth Sport Programming

 Thinking ahead when developing youth sport programming can lead to more successful endeavors and ease of measurability when analyzing results. 

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Time for Change: A New Frontier for Digital Nature Experiences

Consider integrating technology into children's nature experiences for a modern, layered approach to education and conservation.

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Young Recreation Professionals as Experience Creators

Young professionals are excited to contribute their skills, ingenuity and innovation to assist with the transition toward a more intentional form of recreation.

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How Do I Overcome the Experience Requirement on a Job Application?

Tips for students to improve skills and use knowledge beyond the classroom.

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Get Involved in Your State Association

Membership in your state association has a number of benefits, including professional development and networking.

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Investing in Your Own Professional Development

Investing in ongoing professional development keeps you up-to-date and relevant in the field of parks and recreation. 

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Networking and Sharing Ideas: Setting the Park and Recreation Field Apart

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.

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The Importance of Young Professionals’ Involvement with Community Organizations

 Getting involved with community organizations is a great way for young professionals to learn valuable skills. 

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Goal-Setting to Maximize Productivity

Setting goals helps you get organized and sets a scene for success in achieving daily, monthly, yearly and even lifetime objectives. 

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Family Leisure and the Play Desert

Park and recreation agencies could better serve their communities with family-focused programming.

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Wide Open Playing Field

NRPA’s Congress is packed full of opportunities for young professionals in the field of parks and recreation.

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Young Adults and Trails: A Relationship that Continues to Develop and Grow

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.

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The Benefits of Camp Employment: More Than Just Fun and Games

Camp employment has the potential to benefit campers and counselors alike. 

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Education, Preparation, Vocation (Part Two)

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.

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The Importance of a Professional Mentor

 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. 

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Phishing for Publications: A Word to the Wise

Graduate students need to watch out for potential publishing scams.

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Networking Lessons Learned at Congress

A first-time Congress attendee shares networking lessons learned and applied in Houston.

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How To Form Successful Program Partnerships

Good collaboration with helpful partners can make or break your recreation program.

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Saving to the Cloud

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. 

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Four Ways to Make Your Presentation Great

A casual, personable presentation still starts with research and preparation

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BTW, Professionalism Still Matters, LOL!

Social media and other forms of electronic communication should aid your career advancement, not hinder it

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The Personal Benefits of Parks

Spreading the word on the importance of parks to vibrant communities.

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Why an MPA Might be Right for You

A Master of Public Administration degree offers broad options.

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Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Financial help for young professionals struggling with student loans

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Programming for At-Risk Youth

Making a difference to at-risk youth requires a balance of patience and support

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Mark Your Calendar and Take Advantage

Alert your community to National Visit a Park Day coming on October 4, 2013

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Self-Supervision, Planning, and Evaluation

Seven essential tips to help young managers enhance performance.

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I Am a Young Professional!

Young professionals within the field of parks and recreation have much to offer.

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Supervising Interns: It’s Worth Your Time

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.

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