2021 WRPA Mentorship Program

Engaging Professional Development Opportunities for Students

The WPRA Student Connections Committee is dedicated to providing engaging professional development opportunities for students and young professionals who are looking to further gain insight into the exciting field of parks and recreation. One way we achieve this is through our mentoring program.

This annual program pairs distinguished professionals (our mentors) with a student or young professionals (our mentees) who can benefit from have a networking relationship with a current professional in the industry. If you are interested in participating in this unique mentoring program for the 2021 campaign please fill out the simple application form no later than March 19, 2021. We highly encourage individuals participating in this program to attend the WRPA's annual conference on April 28  & 29, 2021, which will be held virtually this year.

The deadline for submission has passed. It was March 19, 2021.

Commitment & Details

This program is intended to be a year-long commitment. We encourage meeting once a month for approximately 1 hr. The benefits of participating in this program for both parties are plentiful. Several include; the mentee has an opportunity to expand their knowledge and skillset by gaining valuable advice from a professional with first-hand experiences. The mentor is provided an opportunity to give back to the profession as well as further develop their personal leadership skills.

The Benefits of Mentorship

  • Encouraging and engaging the next generation of professionals
  • Sharing history and knowledge to help keep new parks and rec teams informed
  • Learning the latest trends and issues facing the industry
  • Building new friendships

Thank you for participating! You will be contacted via email with your pairing by Carissa Ware, Athletic Programs & Sports Complexes Allocation Supervisor; or by Jay Sandstrom, Recreation Coordinator, [email protected]. If you have any questions before that point, feel free to reach out to Carissa Ware via email at [email protected].

Submit an Application