The IPRA ProConnect Mentorship Program is 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 industry 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.

ProConnect 2020 - Applications Available Now!
Applications are now being accepted for ProConnect 2020 - CLICK HERE to view and download. Completed applications, along with a professional résumé and 150-word biography must be submitted to by Friday, December 20, 2019 (early-bird) or Friday, January 31, 2020 (regular). The ProConnect Board of Regents (BOR) will review all applications and create triad teams, taking into consideration compatible characteristics and geographic location. A series of four meet-up events have been scheduled to provide each triad time to build relationships and share experiences.  Attendance at all four events is mandatory in order to participate in and graduate from the program.

For questions, contact ProConnect BOR Chair Luke Wyss at or IPRA Education Director Duane Smith at

 Events  Dates  
 Early-Bird Application Deadline (saves $15)  Friday, December 20, 2019  
 Regular Application Deadline   Friday, January 31, 2020   
 Acceptance Letters  Friday, February 7, 2020  
 Mentor Training (Mentors Only)  Tuesday, February 18, 2020  
 Social/Team Building (Mentors / Mentees)  Tuesday, February 25, 2020   
 Education (Mentors / Mentees)  Wednesday, March 18, 2020  
 Service (Mentors / Mentees)  Wednesday, April 15, 2020  
 Social/Culmination (Mentors / Mentees)  Wednesday, May 6, 2020  

 Application Deadlines  Fee  
 Applications received by Friday, December 20, 2019  $75.00   
 Applications received after Friday, December 20, 2019   $90.00  

Fees are not payable with the application. Professionals accepted into the program will receive an invoice on Friday, February 7, 2020. Note: Membership is required to participate in the ProConnect Mentorship Program.

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.