The IPRA Pro Connect Mentorship Program features a unique and multi-tiered approach including early career, mid-level career and seasoned/retired professionals, placing a professional from each level in a three-part mentoring team.  Participants are encouraged to apply from all domains within the parks and recreation field.  This program will benefit all professionals seeking to enhance their careers.

A task force will review all applications and create up to 26 mentor teams, depending on the number of applicants, taking into consideration compatible characteristics and geographic location. A series of five meet-up events will be scheduled to provide each mentor team time to build relationships and share experiences.  Attendance at all five events is mandatory in order to participate in the program.

**Early Bird rate until July 12 ($75) / rate July 13 - August 1 ($90)

2018-19 Program Application 


 “The ProConnect program has really helped with expanding my professional network in more ways than I ever thought possible. I have now created new relationships that I will carry with my throughout the rest of my career.” - Patrick Bodame, Fitness Supervisor, Gurnee Park District. 

 “Participating in ProConnect has been an encouraging, uplifting and a great experience.” - Theresa Kiel, Graphic Designer, Carol Stream Park District.