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Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy announces YPOP: Young Professionals for Olmsted Parks

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Tue, Sep 15th 2020 02:45 pm

Passion, professionalism & networking for future of park system

Applications open through October

The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy is officially opening applications for its new development program, Young Professionals for Olmsted Parks (YPOP). This program, open to young professionals age 25-40, will provide “an enriching journey for participants, complete with networking opportunities, community-focused professional development, and unique cultural experiences within the Olmsted park system.”

Throughout the six-month program, YPOP will provide opportunities to gain greater appreciation for Buffalo’s Olmsted parks and green spaces; learn about the conservancy’s work and purpose through direct access to staff, members of the board of trustees, and volunteers; network for professional development with local leaders and people of influence; and support the conservancy’s mission for the parks through fundraising and friend-raising.

“On behalf of conservancy staff and our board of trustees, I am pleased to officially kick off YPOP: Young Professionals for Olmsted Parks and encourage anyone interested to apply to join the inaugural class,” said Stephanie Crockatt, executive director. “At a time when parks and participation are critical, this innovative program will engage young professionals from diverse backgrounds, providing a unique participatory experience in connecting them to their parks and community, while building their peer and professional network for nonprofit service.”

YPOP timeline (All events will be transitioned to a virtual format if needed):

  • January – Kick-off party
  • February – “Olmsted 101” – History and fun, all in one
  • March – “Pens & Pints” – spring appeal
  • March – Network and professional development opportunity
  • April – Network and professional development opportunity
  • April – Volunteer event in “your Olmsted Parks”
  • May – “Spring into Summer” luncheon
  • May – Olmsted park system tour and annual meeting
  • June – YPOP graduation

Applications are open now through Oct. 30. A brief interview will be held in early December, in-person or virtual, and a formal welcome packet will be sent out shortly after, with program launch in January 2021. Learn more about the program or apply today at www.bfloparks.org/ypop.

For more information regarding the YPOP program, reach out to Sarah Larkin at [email protected] or 716-838-1249 ext. 18.

Visit www.bfloparks.org.

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