Magazine article Parks & Recreation

The Nrpa Urban Youth Initiative

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

The Nrpa Urban Youth Initiative

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"Our Youth."

"Give them the Exposure to help them Believe."

"Give them the Opportunity to help them Achieve."

Today's youth face difficult issues: drugs, alcohol, gangs, conflict, and school dropout. However, with motivation, stimulation, encouragement, and incentive, they will be able to overcome any obstacle. All youths want to be a part of positive endeavors and want to succeed.

It is our role as professionals in the field of parks and recreation to provide youths with many exposures, which in turn lead to greater options for opportunity.

With this concept, we at NRPA have created the NRPA Urban Youth Initiative (UYI). The goals of this program are: 1) Increase the public awareness of programs and activities being implemented in urban areas, 2) Broaden the knowledge of youth in regards to the field of recreation and the many opportunities it presents, 3) Implement partnerships that provide programs in urban areas, which will be utilized to concentrate on awareness, confidence, and self-esteem. This initiative has assisted us in becoming familiar with successful programs throughout the country. This issue of P&R magazine highlights advancements in providing quality recreation for urban youth, allowing us the opportunity to showcase parks and recreation departments in urban/inner city settings, whose success stories may have gone unnoticed. …

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