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 Fee Through July 12: $75
Fee Beginning July 13: $90
Applications Due: August 1

Save the Dates:
• Opening: September 20
• Educational: October 25
• Service: November 27
• Social: February 7
• Culmination: March 7

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.