Park Champions™ : Bring Capitol Hill to a Park Near You
Recorded On: 04/11/2019
Advocacy is a critical skill for being an effective park and recreation professional, no matter where you’re at in your career. Whether you’re fighting for this year’s budget, arguing for your program’s existence or just working to get through the day, being proficient in advocacy techniques can be a vital lifeline in your career. Step up for the future of parks and recreation by becoming a Park Champion™! This award-winning advocacy program will teach you the advocacy skills you need to know, beginning with developing relationships with key decision-makers. Park Champions™ across the country are building strong, lasting relationships with their elected officials by inviting them to park dedications, program kick-offs, special events, and more. The Park Champion™ show-and-tell advocacy model allows our members to create meaningful experiences for members of Congress that demonstrate the importance of investing in parks and recreation. Join the NRPA Public Policy team as we explore how you can make a difference for yourself, your agency and the field by stepping up as a Park Champion™.
Former Advocacy & Outreach Manager, National Recreation and Park Association
Jayni Rasmussen was the Advocacy and Outreach Manager for the National Recreation and Park Association until July 2019. She managed 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.