The IPRA ProConnect Mentorship Program is an award-winning program designed to create an innovative partnership between three people based on their commitment to the mentoring process, common goals / expectations, mutual trust and respect. Mentoring is a "give-and-receive" process with the goal of providing a rich and rewarding group experience for early-career, mid-career, and advanced/retired professionals. Participants from all specialties within the parks and recreation, conservation, and forest preserve industries are encouraged to apply.  If you are thinking about career advancement or want to support others in their career growth, seeking to learn more about effective networking, or strategizing how to get the most out of your current role, this is a great opportunity to build a support network that will assist you on your journey to achieve those goals. The program consists of 4 scheduled events that focus specifically on networking, triad-building (or team building), education, and service. The program will begin February 15, 2023 and run through May 10, 2023. However, it is expected that triad relationships will continue to develop and blossom long after the program's conclusion.

If you are interested in being a Mentor or Mentee, click here to download the application and submit with a resume and 150-word biography written in the 3rd person by the designated deadlines listed below. No fees are collected until the ProConnect Board of Regents review applications and approve applicants for the program.

Fees:          Early Bird
IPRA Members                 $100           $125
Non-Members            $359           $384

* Non-Member fees include the cost of a new IPRA Professional Membership in 2023.

For questions, contact ProConnect Chair Jackie Iovinelli at [email protected] or IPRA Education Director Duane Smith at [email protected]

IPRA's ProConnect Mentorship Program is offered in partnership with the University of St. Francis (Recreation and Sport Management Program), and generously sponsored by the Illinois Park & Recreation Foundation and Sourcewell. In 2015, the program was awarded the ASAE Power of "A" Silver Award, which recognizes and celebrates the extraordinary contributions associations make to society year round through industry/professional advancement; global development; diversity and inclusion practices; advocacy; and community support and engagement.