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1 Massachusetts Recreation and Park Association Student Presentation 2013

2 What It is & What It isnt WHAT IT ISNT NOT the brown suit and hat Dodge Ball Class Anyone can do it profession Stagnant Slow and boring Parks & Rec Comedy WHAT IT IS Professional & casual work setting Special Events and Program Management Educated Professionals Up and coming young professionals Active and fun! Play Local Initiative There are some common misconceptions about WHAT Parks and Recreation really is and the value within the profession. 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 Organization Advocate for Parks and Recreation through public policy and local government Encourage and promote continuing education and training for Park & Rec Professionals Provide services and resources to members and communities Foster high standards of professionalism

4 Who Comprises MRPA? 500+ Members 11 Person Executive Board Recreation Professionals in many different settings: – Park and Recreation Directors-Educators – Recreation Therapists-Students – Aquatics Facility Managers – Specialty Programmers – Council on Aging/Senior Centers – Commercial Members (USTA)

5 What Can MRPA Do For You? Career Development – Professional Mentor – Regional Meetings – Internship/Practicum/Event Planning – Student Profiles Continuing Education Opportunities – Annual Conference-Awards – Regional CEU Workshops Certification Trainings – Certified Park and Recreation Professional – Playground Inspector, Pool Inspector, etc National Visit a Park Day Family Event Nights Summer Concert Series 5k Road Races

6 Annual State Conference & Trade Show Large Annual Conference and Trade Show – 2013: Hyannis, MA – 2014: Sturbridge, MA Nearly 200 attendees Affordable, Resume Builder Two days worth of sessions – Including TR Sessions Vendor Fair Student Opportunities: -Room Hosting -Professional Mentor -Career Table Silent Auction Over 25Speakers Awards Ceremony Session Tracks

7 MRPA CONTACT INFORMATION Anna Wood, M.S., CTRS Adaptive Sports &Recreation Specialist Teen Center Director Sudbury Park and Recreation 40 Fairbank Road Sudbury, MA Jessica Brodie, CPRP Director Clinton Parks & Recreation 560 High Street Clinton, MA

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