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Tips for Managing Youth Sports Volunteers

By Jason Schaitz, MBA, CPRE | Posted on January 28, 2022

For many park and recreation agencies, volunteers are going to be the face of your youth sports programs and leagues. Here are some tips to manage your volunteers and keep them coming back!

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January Is National Mentoring Month

By Lauren Kiefert | Posted on January 26, 2022

January is National Mentoring Month and shines light on the importance of mentoring and social connection, especially during times of hardship and uncertainty. Here are some resources and ways you can celebrate.

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Marketing and Promoting Your Recreation Programs

By Jason Schaitz, MBA, CPRE | Posted on January 24, 2022

Jason Schaitz, MBA, CPRE, shares some ways to help you market and promote your programs to your local community.

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It’s Time to Talk About Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder

By Liliana Ruiz Fischer | Posted on January 21, 2022

Introducing NRPA's Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Language Guide, a resource developed to help park and recreation professionals to address, communicate, and effectively serve all individuals experiencing mental health and substance use disorders.

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Celebrating Parks & Recreation’s 30 Under 30 — February Bonus Episode

By Cort Jones | Posted on January 20, 2022

On the February bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we’re having a conversation with two of this year's 30 Under 30, Rosie Santos and Hashim Taylor, as well as NRPA Volunteer and Awards Manager Michael Biedenstein.

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Shaping the Future With Next Practices in Parks and Recreation — Episode 107

By Cort Jones | Posted on January 18, 2022

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we're joined by Neelay Bhatt, vice president and principal of PROS Consulting, to discuss what the future of parks and recreation may look like in terms of programming, placemaking, financing and more.

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Solutions to Homelessness — The Role of Parks and Recreation

By Allison Colman and Austin Barrett | Posted on January 10, 2022

On November 12, 2021, NRPA released the first blog in this series, Understanding Homelessness: The Extent, Causes and Local Solutions. This second post delves into additional support and resources available, as well as outlines potential solutions and a path forward.

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New NRPA Toolkit Helps Park and Recreation Agencies Secure Funding for Health and Wellness Programs

By Elesha Kingshott, MSW, MPH | Posted on January 7, 2022

This new toolkit was designed to provide community-based organizations with insights, tips and resources to help secure funding for health and wellness programs.

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Planning Mental Health Programs at Your Rec Center for Gen-Z

By Joseph Oriente | Posted on January 7, 2022

Mental health is an increasingly important issue, especially among young generations. Learn how staff at your agency can help support mental health.

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2022 New Year's Resolutions From FreeWill and NRPA

By FreeWill and NRPA Development Team | Posted on January 6, 2022

The new year is a time for resolutions, but yours do not need to be challenging. Here are some easy resolutions you can make for 2022.

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Harnessing Our Power to Create Space and Positive Change — Episode 106

By Cort Jones | Posted on January 4, 2022

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we're talking with Dani Reyes-Acosta, a mountain athlete and storyteller rewriting the narrative of who plays outside and how we build community with others on this planet.

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