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  • Economic Impact Study and Agency-Level Analysis

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/08/2018

    Hear the results of the newly released Economic Impact of Parks study conducted by the Center for Regional Analysis for NRPA.

    imageHear the results of the newly released Economic Impact of Parks study conducted by the Center for Regional Analysis for NRPA. The presenters will highlight economic activity and job creations resulting from the operations and capital spending of America’s local park and recreation agencies, including a review of the states where activity is the greatest. Further discussion will center on the additional ways that parks and recreation drives economic activity and how parks and recreation professionals and advocates can use these findings to support greater and more stable funding for their agencies.

    Kevin Roth, PhD

    Vice President of Research and Professional Development, National Recreation and Park Association

    Kevin leads NRPA's collection and dissemination of data and insights for the park and recreation field. This includes setting NRPA's research agenda with 2 primary areas of focus: collection of performance benchmarks and development of key insights that make the case for increased funding support of park and recreation agencies through the lens of NRPA's three pillars: Conservation, Health and Wellness, and Social Equity.

    Kevin A. Roth joined NRPA in 2015 as Vice President of Research. Kevin leads the research team in its mission to create valuable data and insights for NRPA members and to support NRPA's strategic goals and tactics.

    Kevin has served in research functions in the nonprofit association space for two decades, including leading research at the Association for Financial Professionals for 13 years and running survey research activities at the National Association of Realtors for four years. Kevin has a PhD in Economics from George Washington University and a BA in Economics from St. Mary's College of Maryland.

    Terry Clower, PhD

    Northern Virginia Chair, Professor of Public Policy, Center for Regional Analysis, George Mason University

    Terry L. Clower is Northern Virginia Chair and Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University. He is also director of GMU’s Center for Regional Analysis. The Center provides economic and public policy research services to sponsors in the private, non-profit and public sectors. Prior to joining GMU, he was director for the Center for Economic Development and Research at the University of North Texas. Dr. Clower also spent 10 years employed in private industry in logistics and transportation management positions.

    Mark White, PhD

    Deputy Director-Center for Regional Analysis, George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government

    Dr. White is the Deputy Director of the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University. Dr. White joined the Center in January 2016. He is currently serving as project lead on the creation of the Economic Growth and Diversification Plan for Region 7 (NOVA) in the GO Virginia initiative. Prior to joining the Center for Regional Analysis, Dr. White was the Vice President for Research at the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) in Arlington, VA.

    During his 11 years at CREC, Dr. White managed a wide variety of economic and workforce development research and technical assistance projects across the United States and Canada. These projects include numerous industry cluster and value-chain analyses in Hawaii, Illinois, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. He also facilitated economic and workforce development planning initiatives in regions in North Carolina, Iowa, Texas and Ontario. He also supported the Georgia Governor's Office of Workforce Development's Work Ready Regions Initiative for four years by providing labor market information used to inform and shape regional workforce strategies. Dr. White’s training activities include developing and delivering curriculum related to data-driven, strategic planning for the US Economic Development Administration and the Economic Developers Council of Ontario. 

  • What’s on Tap for 2018: Legislative and Advocacy Preview

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 02/08/2018

    From potential new legislative opportunities around infrastructure to protecting our existing priorities like the Land and Water Conservation Fund. 2018 is shaping up to be a busy year. Join NRPA’s public policy team for a lively discussion about these and other key park and recreation public policy priorities.

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    From potential new legislative opportunities around infrastructure to protecting our existing priorities like the Land and Water Conservation Fund. 2018 is shaping up to be a busy year.  Join NRPA’s public policy team for a lively discussion about these and other key park and recreation public policy priorities.    

    Kevin O'Hara

    Vice President of Urban and Government Affairs, National Recreation and Park Association

    Kevin oversees NRPA's Federal Advocacy efforts and leads NRPA's engagement with urban directors and agencies. Previously, O'Hara was Manager of Government Affairs for the American Society of Landscape Architects where he oversaw advocacy efforts on urban parks, green infrastructure, children's access to nature and more. O'Hara also worked for a non-profit in the higher education finance sector where he led advocacy and college access initiatives. O'Hara earned a B.A. Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota's Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs. O'Hara and his wife Meaghan are residents of the Adams Morgan neighborhood in the District of Columbia, where they overlook the lovely Kalorama Park. His free time pursuits include hiking, travel, and good food.

    Jayni Rassmussen

    Advocacy & Outreach Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

    Jayni Rasmussen is the Advocacy and Outreach Manager for the National Recreation and Park Association. She manages the Public Policy's team's advocacy initiatives, including the Park Champion campaign. Prior to NRPA, Jayni worked at Ocean Conservancy, where she coordinated advocacy and outreach efforts both on Capitol Hill and on the ground to garner support for ocean health policy. Jayni is a graduate of Kent State University, where she received her B.A. in Political Science.

    Kyle Simpson

    Senior Government Affairs Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

    Kyle Simpson joined NRPA in December 2017 and is heading up our public policy work on conservation, including infrastructure, Land and Water Conservation Fund, and resiliency. Kyle comes to NRPA after nearly 10 years on Capitol Hill, most recently having worked for Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri.

    Kate Clabaugh

    Senior Government Affairs Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

    Kate Clabaugh joined NRPA in May 2017 and manages our advocacy work related to health and wellness policy priorities, including nutrition, healthcare, and education. Kate previously worked for the national anti-hunger organization, the Food Research and Action Center, working with Congress to protect and expand access to the federal nutrition programs. 

  • Health Equity Through Parks: RWJF Health Equity Award

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 02/07/2018

    Join us for a webinar to learn more about this award that honors an individual or team of two individuals who have successfully prioritized health equity in parks and recreation by taking a systems change approach to improve health outcomes.

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    Are you working to ensure everybody in your community has access to opportunities to be healthy through local parks and recreation? If so, you may be eligible for The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)- NRPA Award for Health Equity. Join us for a webinar to learn more about this award that honors an individual or team of two individuals who have successfully prioritized health equity in parks and recreation by taking a systems change approach to improve health outcomes. Award winner(s) will receive a $3,000 cash prize and be honored at NRPA’s Annual Conference in Indianapolis. The webinar will also dive deeper into examples of health equity, why it’s important to reduce health disparities and how you can create these impacts in your community. 

    Allison Colman

    Program Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

    Allison Colman is a Program Manager for the National Recreation and Park Association on the Health and Wellness team.  Allison joined NRPA in 2015 and oversees the out-of-school time portfolio, including NRPA’s Commit to Health campaign and efforts to reduce childhood hunger through the USDA Child Nutrition programs. Allison also manages NRPA Parks for Inclusion initiative. Prior to joining NRPA, Allison worked in the recreation field facilitating health and wellness programs across all populations.  Combined with her work in other non-profits and organizations, Allison has extensive experience in public health and wellness program management and preventative health initiatives.   

    Maureen Acquino

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Maureen Acquino is a program specialist for the National Recreation and Park Association. As a part of the Health and Wellness team, she focuses on healthy out-of-school time programming and inclusive practices in parks and recreation. 

  • 10-Minute Walk: Upcoming Opportunities

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Join representatives from NRPA, TPL, and ULI to find out what tools and support are available and how you can be involved in the campaign. Additionally, at the end of the webinar, NRPA will discuss and answer questions on the 10-Mintue Walk call for applications to provide $40,000 to 10 cities. Applications open on January 22nd, 2018.

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    On October 10th, 2017, NRPA, in partnership with The Trust for Public Land (TPL) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI), launched the 10-Minute Walk campaign to ensure there is a great park within a 10-minute walk of every person in every neighborhood, in every city across the country. Since then, more than 145 mayors and cities have signed-on as champions of park access and quality. In early 2018, the campaign moves into phase two, providing a framework and support for cities to reach their 10-Minute Walk goals. Join representatives from NRPA, TPL, and ULI to find out what tools and support are available and how you can be involved in the campaign. Additionally, at the end of the webinar, NRPA will discuss and answer questions on the 10-Minute Walk call for applications to provide $40,000 to 10 cities. Applications open on January 29th, 2018. 

    Rachel Banner

    Senior Program Manager at National Recreation and Park Association

    As a public health professional its my goal to combine my skills and experience to ensure that everyone has an environment around them that encourages inspiration, well being, health, physical activity and a connection to the community. I am dedicated to reducing health disparities in low-income communities by learning from and helping others make a change in their community environment.

    With successful experience building strong partnerships with community based organizations, organizing and managing large volunteer groups, developing communications materials, and conducting research, I have the foundations to help your community or organization advocate for and promote changes in built environments, policies, and systems that encourage healthy behaviors.

    I would love to learn about how your organization is contributing to or would like to create a better environment for health!

    Bridget Stesney

    Senior Director, Content: Urban Land Institute

    Bridget Stesney recently joined ULI as Senior Director, Content and is leading ULI’s effort on the Ten-Minute Walk Campaign.   Bridget joins ULI after ten years working in the public sector for the District of Columbia for DC Public School and DC Parks + Recreation.  During her time in DC government, she led the development of the long-term planning and capital investment strategies for parks, recreation centers, and public schools.  Prior to that, Bridget worked for non-profits focused on smart growth and brownfields redevelopment.   

    Jen Patrick

    Director of Strategy, The Trust for Public Land

    As Director of Strategy, Jen works to develop and build support for The Trust for Public Land’s Parks for People programs nationwide, aligning those efforts with the 10-Minute Walk Campaign, which she oversees. With more than 20 years of experience in the environmental nonprofit sector, she has served as a consultant for The Climate Group, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Center for a New American Dream, and World Wildlife Fund, advising on program and fundraising strategies, organizing funder-led convenings, and conducting research. For several years, she oversaw grantmaking as a Program Officer at the Henry P. Kendall Foundation, which was focused at the time on land protection, climate change, and environmental advocacy. Jen holds an MA in Public Policy from the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University.

    Harris Solomon

    Campaign Lead, The Trust for Public Land

    Harris Solomon serves as The Trust for Public Land’s campaign lead, overseeing campaign communications strategy, city outreach, and the development of new program areas, ensuring effective implementation and day-to-day operations for the 10-Minute Walk Campaign. He previously served as the 10-Minute Walk Campaign Manager, and has held prior positions with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Mayor’s Office of the City of New York.

  • CPRP Basic Learning Pack

    Contains 7 Product(s)

    The Basic CPRP Learning Pack includes: ​- CPRP Preparation Courses: Operations​ Finance​ Human Resources​ Programming​ Communications​ - CPRP Practice Examination​

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    The Basic CPRP Learning Pack includes:

    The Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) Preparatory Courses supply professionals with the most effective CPRP certification preparation. The CPRP Online Prep Courses are designed as an intensive review program for professionals seeking the CPRP certification. The CPRP Learning Pack includes the Programming Module, Human Resource Module, Finance Module, Operations Module, Communication module, and the CPRP Practice Exam. Access is valid for 6 months from date of purchase.  Access is granted to the consumer only as a limited license and grants that user a non-transferable personal license to access and use the online learning center for the CPRP prep course and its content for personal, non-commercial use only.

  • CPRP: Four Letters; Unlimited Possibilities.

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 02/01/2018

    Join us for this webinar to learn first-hand how becoming a CPRP has benefitted so many others in the profession, and to learn some insider tips on how to apply and pass the exam. We will also explain how you can get a free CPRP Prep Course by applying by February 28, 2018.

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    Whether you want to make a bigger impact on your community, keep your expertise fresh, or improve your professional status, becoming a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) will open the door to more and better opportunities. Join us for this webinar to learn first-hand how becoming a CPRP has benefitted so many others in the profession, and to learn some insider tips on how to apply and pass the exam. We will also explain how you can get a free CPRP Prep Course by applying by February 28, 2018.

    Molly Sullivan

    Certification Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

    Molly Sullivan, is the Certification Manager for the National Recreation and Park Association. In this role Molly provides assistance to professionals who are currently maintaining their professional certification, or seeking to obtain certification.  Molly received her Bachelors of Arts in Communications from George Mason University. She has been working for and volunteering with historical and agricultural parks in Northern Virginia for most of her life. Molly currently volunteers as an adult leader for the Hoofers and Heifers 4-H Club, out of Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon, Virginia, furthering her passion for educating youth and the public about agricultural traditions.

    Karla Kelley, MS, CPRE

    Regional Manager, DC Department of Parks and Recreation

    Karla Kelley is a distinguished leader with a successful 20 year history of working at the intersection of community needs and assets, programmatic and policy solutions. Karla is the interim Therapeutic Recreation Manager with DC Department of Parks and Recreation and has worked for the department for 2 years.  She is responsible for the  programmatic, administrative and fiscal oversight of a citywide therapeutic recreation program,  She is a Certified Park and Recreation Executive and holds a Masters degree in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration from Western Illinois University. Karla's passion has culminated in more than 20 years of  professional work experience in the field of youth development, education and recreation management. Karla serves as a member of National Recreation and Parks Scholarship and Award Committee.  

  • CPSI Preparation Course

    Contains 11 Component(s), 1.20 credits offered

    The CPSI Preparation Course includes 8 online modules which will help prepare an individual to take the Certified Playground Safety Inspector Examination.

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    The CPSI Preparation Course includes 8 online modules which will help prepare an individual to take the Certified Playground Safety Inspector Examination. The course provides rich, in-depth analysis of ASTM standards related to playground safety focused on the process of safety inspection from design, through audit and inspection, to maintenance and risk management practices. The course also provides learners with scenarios to apply their understanding of this material. 

    Once registered, you will have access to the course for 180 days. The course is worth 1.2 CEU upon completion of all course components. 

    Playground Related Standards and Guidelines

    • Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Public Playground Safety Handbook (free PDF from cpsc.gov)
    • ASTM F1487 Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specification for Playground Equipment for Public Use(for purchase from ASTM Intl)
    • ASTM F2223 Standard Guide for ASTM Standards on Playground Surfacing (for purchase from ASTM Intl)
    • ASTM F2373 Playground Equipment for Children Under the Age of Two (for purchase from ASTM Intl)
    • ASTM F1292 Standard Specification for Impact Attenuation of Surfacing Materials within the Use Zone of Playground Equipment (for purchase from ASTM Intl)
    • ASTM F2479 Standard Guide for Specification, Purchase, Installation and Maintenance of Poured-In-Place Playground Surfacing (for purchase from ASTM Intl)
    • ASTM F2075 Standard Specification for Engineered Wood Fiber for Use as a Playground Safety Surface Under and Around Playground Equipment (for purchase from ASTM Intl)
    • ASTM F1951 Standard Specification for Determination of Accessibility of Surface Systems Under and Around Playground Equipment(for purchase from ASTM Intl)
    • ASTM F1918 Standard Safety Performance Specification for Soft Contained Play Equipment (for purchase from ASTM Intl)
    • ASTM F1148 Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specification for Home Playground Equipment (for purchase from ASTM Intl)
    • Department of Justice ADA Guidelines and Standards 

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  • Meet Me At The Park - 2018 Play Spaces Grants

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 01/30/2018

    This webinar will assist potential applicants who want to learn more about NRPA's exciting grant opportunity that invites park and recreation agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories to share their best ideas on increasing access to play spaces for children and families.

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    Thanks to a grant from The Walt Disney Company, NRPA is excited to expand the Meet Me at the Park program to offer play space grants for a second year. This webinar will assist potential applicants who want to learn more about NRPA's exciting grant opportunity that invites park and recreation agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories to share their best ideas on increasing access to play spaces for children and families.  The 25 agencies with the most innovative and impactful project ideas will receive grants of $30,000 each to build their projects that will improve access to outdoor play. 

    Marla Collum

    Senior Manager of Programs, National Recreation and Park Association

    Marla Collum  works closely with park and recreation agencies administering NRPA’s initiatives and grant programs. Marla serves as a primary point of contact for applicants and grantees throughout the grant process on several programs, offering assistance, advice and best practices to park and recreation agencies. Prior to joining NRPA in 2013, Marla was Grants Manager at the National Trust for Historic Preservation and served as the Historic Review Officer of the City of Detroit Planning and Development Department from 1998-2008. Marla has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan and a Master of Science Degree in Historic Preservation Planning from Eastern Michigan University. 

    Rachel Banner

    Senior Program Manager at National Recreation and Park Association

    As a public health professional its my goal to combine my skills and experience to ensure that everyone has an environment around them that encourages inspiration, well being, health, physical activity and a connection to the community. I am dedicated to reducing health disparities in low-income communities by learning from and helping others make a change in their community environment.

    With successful experience building strong partnerships with community based organizations, organizing and managing large volunteer groups, developing communications materials, and conducting research, I have the foundations to help your community or organization advocate for and promote changes in built environments, policies, and systems that encourage healthy behaviors.

    I would love to learn about how your organization is contributing to or would like to create a better environment for health!

  • Peace of Mind: Best Practices in Lightning and Severe Weather Safety for Parks and Recreation

    Contains 4 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered Recorded On: 01/25/2018

    Join Alise Flanjack, Deputy Director of Lee County Parks and Recreation Department and Earth Networks Meteorologist Steve Prinzivalli, to learn more about why it is critical to monitor lightning and severe weather events. Find out how Lee County Parks and Recreation utilizes an automated weather intelligence solution to keep visitors and staff safe at their facilities.

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    One of the main concerns for park managers and facility operators is visitor and staff safety. One safety issue that cannot be overlooked is severe weather. Prioritizing safety issues can be a challenge especially over large areas because severe weather can be an extreme threat to people enjoying outdoor activities. Did you know two thirds of all lightning deaths in the U.S. are associated with outdoor recreational activities? Among all severe weather events, lightning safety is a top priority for parks in the United States. 

    Join Alise Flanjack, Deputy Director of Lee County Parks and Recreation Department and Earth Networks Meteorologist Steve Prinzivalli, to learn more about why it is critical to monitor lightning and severe weather events. Find out how Lee County Parks and Recreation utilizes an automated weather intelligence solution to keep visitors and staff safe at their facilities.

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    Alise Flanjack

    Deputy Director, Lee County Parks and Recreation

    Alisa has worked for the Lee County Parks and Recreation Department for over 32 years. She started as a Summer Lifeguard and taught swim lessons. After a few summers, she stepped into a leadership role within the Aquatics programs. In this position, she managed a freshwater beach at a large regional park. She also trained lifeguards throughout the county.

    After supervising a couple of Lee County aquatic facilities, Alise moved into a Program Manager position. Her responsibilities in this position included managing the county aquatic facilities, the Park Ranger unit, and the Pro / Am Sports facilities, which included the two baseball stadiums that host Spring Training for the Minnesota Twins and the Boston Red Sox. In 2009, she transitioned into the Administrative Manager position, where she focused on the department’s Human Resources responsibilities, Safety and Security, contracts and agreements, and liaison with the County Attorney’s office. The Lee County Parks and Recreation Department promoted Alise to Deputy Director in January 2015.

    Steve Prinzivalli

    Program Manager, Meteorological Operations, Earth Networks

    Steve Prinzivalli is a Meteorologist and Program Manager at Earth Networks supporting Enterprise clients such as NOAA, NIST, National Grid, partners, and researchers with their weather intelligence and data needs. Prinzivalli joined Earth Networks in February 2008 as a broadcast meteorologist, producing weathercasts for both online and mobile platforms while providing forecast support for clients such as the NFL and MLB. He also leveraged his meteorology skills as a product manager with a heavy focus on enhancing the Earth Networks Total Lightning Network (ENTLN) and its derivative products. Steve holds a B.S. in meteorology from Penn State University.

  • REAL Action: Getting Started with Building Racial Equity in Your City

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 01/19/2018

    Learn how local government leaders can reduce racial bias through smart policy decisions and strong civic engagement. This webinar will examine how racial tensions have affected cities across the nation. Learn how to shift from a reactive approach to a proactive agenda. Participants will take away concrete steps they can take to advance racial equity and racial healing work in their cities.

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    In the wake of the 2014 unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, the National League of Cities created REAL (Race, Equity And Leadership) to strengthen local leaders’ knowledge  and capacity to eliminate racial disparities, heal racial divisions and build more equitable communities. This webinar will provide participants with practical examples of how city leadership can embed racial equity into their priorities.  Learn how local government leaders can reduce racial bias through smart policy decisions and strong civic engagement. This webinar will examine how racial tensions have affected cities across the nation. Learn how to shift from a reactive approach to a proactive agenda. Participants will take away concrete steps they can take to advance racial equity and racial healing work in their cities.

    Closed Captioning Services brought to you through generous contribution from Earth Networks


    Eric Hamp

    Director, Member Relations and Professional Development, National Recreation and Park Association

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    Leon Andrews, Jr.

    Director, Race, Equity, and Leadership (REAL), National League of Cities

    Leon T. Andrews, Jr. was appointed as the inaugural director for Race, Equity And Leadership (REAL) at the National League of Cities and prior served as the senior fellow and program director at the National League of Cities’ Institute for Youth, Education, and Families, where he led all of the Institute’s youth development work with mayors and other municipal leaders around the country including in areas related to childhood obesity, disconnected youth, youth engagement and leadership, and youth master planning since 2006. Before joining the National League of Cities, Leon completed a research fellowship at The Forum for Youth Investment. Leon has an extensive background working in government, the community, the private sector, and academia for the last 25 years including the United States Department of Justice, United States Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, the United States Public Interest Research Group, the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, YouthBuild Pittsburgh, the Development Corporation of Columbia Heights, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and as an adjunct professor in the Department of Political Science at Eastern Michigan University. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Howard University, a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University, and is a PhD candidate in the Urban and Regional Planning program at The University of Michigan. Leon is married to an amazing woman, Dr. Kristine M. Andrews, for the last 14 years and they have three beautiful daughters – Jessica Austin, Julia Iris, and Joanna Jonas.

    Art Hendricks

    Equity & Inclusion Manager | Equity & Inclusion Office Portland Parks & Recreation

    Mr. Hendricks serves as the Equity and Inclusion Manager for Portland Parks & Recreation and has over twenty-five years of experience working in the field of diversity development, equity and/or inclusion that spans the private, non-profit and public sectors. His experience includes developing marketing and public participation processes designed to increase the involvement of communities of color in city programs and decision making process and working with key stakeholders to develop policy and culturally specific programs that increase access and improve outcomes for youth and families of color.
    Currently, Mr. Hendricks is responsible for the Equity and Inclusion Office for Portland Park & Recreation which is responsible for assisting the organization develop culturally responsive programs and activities for communities of color and immigrant and refugee communities that include outreach and engagement of underrepresented communities including people of color and people living with disabilities