Presentation on theme: "Massachusetts Recreation and Park Association"— Presentation transcript:
1 Massachusetts Recreation and Park Association Speaker Introductions-Education Background-Current Job Info-Interest Areas, Executive Board roleStudent Presentation2013
2 What It is & What It isn’t There are some common misconceptions aboutWHAT Parks and Recreation really is and the value within the profession.WHAT IT ISProfessional & casual work settingSpecial Events and Program ManagementEducated ProfessionalsUp and coming young professionalsActive and fun!Play Local InitiativeWHAT IT ISN’TNOT the brown suit and hatDodge Ball Class“Anyone can do it” professionStagnantSlow and boringParks & Rec ComedyHere today to speak with you about why you SHOULDN’T rule parks and recreation out of your future career choicesProfessional & casual work setting-Small town vs city department settings (salary, goals, etc)Special Events and Program ManagementFourth of July Parades, Boston Tree Lighting, Youth Sports, Teen Center, Seasonal trips, etc.Educated professionals-strengths in alternative funding, program facilitation, politics, event planning, financial management, marketing, etc.-Bachelors/masters degree programs, CPRP, NRPA Leadership schools-The Profession is becoming more professional because of the degree programs that Universities and College are offering.-With that said, it is not an easy profession to get into…not just “anyone can do it”-The more professional connections you have and the more organizations that you are a part of the better-The profession is very interconnected…we help each other!Up and coming young professionalsThe face of P&R is changing and growing- many new young professionals coming out of college and being hired forActive and FunEvery season is differentConstantly evolvingAlways looking for fresh ideas and energyA quote that appeared in the MRPA Review in January 2003:It costs approximately $30,000 to incarcerate a juvenile offender for one year. If that money were available If that money were available to Parks and Recreation, we could:Take him swimming twice a week for 24 weeks, and give him four hours at the zoo plus lunch, and enroll him in 50 community center programs, and visit the nature center twice , and let him play league softball for a season, and tour the gardens at the park twice, and give him two weeks of tennis lessons, and enroll him in two weeks of day camp, and let him play three rounds of golf and act in one play, and participate in one fishing clinic, and take a four-week pottery class, and play basketball eight hours a week for 40 weeks….After which, we could return to you $29,125 and one much happier kidTHERE ARE MANY OPPORTUNTIIES IN PARKS AND RECREATION AND IT IS UP TO US TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE REMEMBER TO PLAY LOCAL!Our National Parks attract 88% more people than Disney World and Disney Land.Visits to state, regional and local parks exceed on billion annually.
3 Massachusetts Recreation and Park Association Non-Profit, Membership Driven OrganizationAdvocate for Parks and Recreation through public policy and local governmentEncourage and promote continuing education and training for Park & Rec ProfessionalsProvide services and resources to members and communitiesFoster high standards of professionalismNon-Profit Membership Driven OrganizationVolunteer Executive BoardAdvocate for Parks and Recreation through public policy and local governmentLegislative TrainingPublic PolicyTown Government and PoliticsEncourage and promote continuing education and trainingAnnual ConferenceRegional CEU workshopsCPRP– playground inspector, pool inspector, etcProvide services and resources to members and communitiesYear round programming for local towns and citiesFoster high standards of professionalismAccredidation
4 Who Comprises MRPA? 500+ Members 11 Person Executive Board Recreation Professionals in many different settings:Park and Recreation Directors -EducatorsRecreation Therapists -StudentsAquatics Facility ManagersSpecialty ProgrammersCouncil on Aging/Senior CentersCommercial Members (USTA)Membership:P&R DepartmentsSchool ProgramsCommercial vendorsTown AdministrationPoliticiansPublic worksExecutive Board: 11 volunteer positions-introduce speakers, how we got to the positions we are in now-here today as a resource for students-Speaking on behalf of all state run Park and Recreation Associations
5 National Visit a Park Day What Can MRPA Do For You?Career DevelopmentProfessional MentorRegional MeetingsInternship/Practicum/Event PlanningStudent ProfilesContinuing Education OpportunitiesAnnual Conference -AwardsRegional CEU WorkshopsCertification TrainingsCertified Park and Recreation ProfessionalPlayground Inspector, Pool Inspector, etcFamily Event NightsNational Visit a Park DaySummer Concert Series5k Road RacesCareer Development:P-rofessional Mentors Depending on your interest area, there is a P&R professional that can mentor you-6 regions: Cape and Islands, Central, Metrowest, Northeast, South Shore, West that host meetings.Stay update on current Park and Recreation Trends (facility development, programming, inclusion/TR, event planning, parks maintenance, etc)-Always in need of students for event planning, internships, jobs, etc. **Jess present the Student Profiles that are coming on the site soon.Event Planning NEEDED:**NATIONAL VISIT A PARK DAY: April 8th**Sudbury wants students to run a family game day/game night**5k**Summer Concert Series**ParadesetcContinuing Education Opportunities:State Conference and Trade Show *show the registration form and the preliminary program-Networking/mentor pairing-Room Host-Career table-Vendors: interest in sports programming, lighting, turf, apparel, etc. Meet vendors that do this!Certification and Training:Park and recreation Professionals DO have training and certifcations in their respective interest areas. Playground inspectorPool inspector
6 Annual State Conference & Trade Show Large Annual Conference and Trade Show2013: Hyannis, MA2014: Sturbridge, MANearly 200 attendeesAffordable, Resume BuilderTwo days worth of sessionsIncluding TR SessionsVendor FairStudent Opportunities:-Room Hosting -Professional Mentor -Career Table1x/year, MRPA hosts one large, professional conference in MA.Alternates locationsOver 30 sessions within 4 tracks:AquaticsTherapeutic RecreationProgrammingAdministrationProfessional Mentor:If you register for the conference, we will pair you up with a recreation professional in your interest area.event planningTRCommercial Membership/companiesStudent Opportunities:Room HostingInternship PostingEvent ideas/marketing ideas (brochure table)ATTENDING CONFERENCES AND MEETING PEOPLE, EVEN IF ONLY FOR A FEW HOURS, IS A VALUABLE AND IRRIPLACABLE WAY TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU STAND OUT IN THE EYES OF POTENTIAL EMPLOYERS. There are thousands of students out there that are going to be apply for the same jobs you will be applying for. You must make yourself stand out and placing yourself in conference setting and meeting professionals is a way to do just that.Silent AuctionAwards CeremonyOver 25SpeakersSession Tracks
7 Clinton Parks & Recreation MRPA CONTACT INFORMATIONAnna Wood, M.S., CTRS Adaptive Sports &Recreation Specialist Teen Center Director Sudbury Park and Recreation 40 Fairbank Road Sudbury, MAJessica Brodie, CPRPDirectorClinton Parks & Recreation560 High StreetClinton, MA 01510