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KRPA Young Professionals

The Young Professionals Committee is committed to helping new professionals in the Parks and Recreation Field with continuing education and networking opportunities though Lunch & Learns and other events (CEU's available!). Our goal is also to help current students at Kansas Universities obtain quality internships and jobs by providing valuable education focusing on the steps needed to obtain their first job in the Parks and Recreation industry through university visits and the Student Summit at the KRPA Conference.

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Social and Events

Throughout the year multiple socials and networking events with the YP committee, other recreation professionals, and students across the state are offered. These events are great opportunities outside of the KRPA conference to not only network with recreation professionals, but also discuss topics that pertain to the field. We invite anyone in the field of Parks and Recreation to join us as well as any students who are interested in and or studying the field of recreation. If you have an idea for discussion, activity, or place to visit for a social please contact our chair, Stephen Mason, and let us know!

University Visits

Part of the commitment of Young Professionals is to be the official liaison between KRPA and the future leaders of our field.  The Young Professionals committee visits universities in Kansas as guest speakers.  Topics include tips on creating resumes, finding internships, how to gain experience in the field, applying for jobs, and describe and invite students to attend the KRPA Conference Student Summit.

KRPA Conference Student Summit

The Student Summit is usually held on Monday of the KRPA Conference. During the summit, current students in Recreation and Parks are invited to participate sessions that help prepare them for careers in the field. The 2014 Student Summit saw over 30 students from local universities, who had the opportunity to attend breakout sessions.  Those sessions included mock interviews, building resumes, gaining experience in the field, and where to look for job opportunities. The student summit punctuated by an Internship/Job fair where Kansas organizations were invited to attend and recruit interns and seasonal employees. The Intern/Job Fair offers organizations a chance to meet potential interns and seasonal employees face to face. 

KRPA Mentor Program

This program was created to help all Kansas Recreation and Parks Association (KRPA) members and is meant to complement the career counseling relationship an employee may have with their supervisor. It is not intended to replace any of the formal or informal counseling/mentoring relationships that already exist within or outside a person’s place of employment. As a matter of course, KRPA members are encouraged to develop several informal mentor/professional relationships throughout their careers as a means to nurture and foster the park and recreation.

To learn more about YP Socials, Events, CEUs, University Visits, and the Student Summit contact committee chairman Stephen Mason at  smason@lawrenceks.org or visit our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Committee Members: 
Stephen Mason, , Chair, Lawrence Parks and Recreation

Sean Thomas, Shawnee Parks & Recreation

Adriana Holopirek, Gardner Parks & Recreation

Laura Covert, Pittsburgh State University

Audrey Gann, Newton Recreation Commission

Kate Elliott, Lindsborg Parks & Recreation

Brad Nacarotto, Maize Recreation Commission

Erin Ritter, Spring Hill Recreation Commission

Justine Smith, Bonner Springs Parks & Recreation
John Grosdidier, McPherson YMCA/McPherson Recreation Commission
Logan Singhisen, City of Manhattan Parks and Recreation
Alison Dudley, City of Lawrence Parks and Recreation
Ben Hess, Bonner Springs Parks and Recreation
Kristy Belinger, Lawrence Parks and Recreation

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