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 will not have a program in 2021 but will resume in 2022. Applications will be announced and made available in Quarter 4. For questions, contact ProConnect BOR Chair Lindsey Robertson at or IPRA Education Director Duane Smith at

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.