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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 special events, university visits and the annual student summit. 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 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 2020 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. 

To learn more about YP Socials, Events, CEUs, University Visits, and the Student Summit, please contact committee Chair Nick Shepherd, nshepherd@missionks.org.

Current YP Committee Members: 

Nick Shepherd, Chair,  Mission Parks and Recreation
Logan Singhisen, Manhattan Parks and Recreation
Jeremy Reimer, City of Lenexa
Ben Hess, Johnson County Parks & Recreation District 
Jordyn Lester, Gardner Parks and Recreation
Zachary Bayless, Manhattan Parks and Recreation

Taylor Thompson, Emporia Recreation Commission

Gentry Thiesen, Wichita Parks & Recreation

Wesley Joy, Winfield Recreation 

Upcoming YP Events

Student Summit- February 10, 2019, 9am-1pm

Come build your network at the KRPA Young Professionals' Annual Student Summit. This summit is open to all students and young professionals. The robust schedule will include activities and opportunities to meet with professionals for career advice, practice interviews and presentations relative to all.

Student registration is FREE if you are a KRPA student member.

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