mParks Mentor Program

Now recruiting mParks mentors!

mParks Mentor Program Mission
To support student engagement and development by linking undergraduate students in parks; recreation; natural resources; or related majors with leading career professionals to provide students with networking, service and professional growth opportunities over an extended period of time. 


mParks Mentor Program Goals
  • Develop resources and tools to help students make informed career decisions.
  • Through coaching and feedback, expand students’ development of professional engagement, leadership, teamwork, and interpersonal skills.
  • Offer students advice on personal growth, academics, and career topics (including possible career paths).
  • Provide a forum for the observation, practice and mastery of professional networking skills.

Program Timeline

  • Mentors will be matched for the duration of the students’ academic experience with commitments anywhere from 1-3 years depending on class standing of the student when matched. 
  • Pilot program and first-round of mentor / mentee matches will begin in January 2016. 

Mentor Qualifications / Screening

  • Must be a member of Michigan Recreation and Park Association in good standing.
  • Must be a current recreation, leisure services, or outdoor professional.
  • Must have a minimum of three years in the profession.
  • Must hold at least one industry professional certification (CPRP, CPRE, AFO, CPSI, etc.).
  • Must have served on or been involved with industry, regional, or state committees / associations within the last three years.


To receive more information and a Mentor Registration Packet please email Lori Irwin at

Questions: Welcome to contact Lori at or 989-774-1022.

Food for Thought...

Being an Abundant Mentor

by Naphtali Hoff

A great blog post on 'applying abundance thinking to the mentorship process in order to help both the mentor and protégé gain the most from the experience.'


A mentor is an individual who wants to have a positive impact on a young adult’s life. As a mentor, you will have the opportunity to provide access to people, places and things outside of a students’ daily routine and environment. Acting as a friend, teacher, and a guide to the real world, mentors have the opportunity to encourage and advise students by sharing their own experiences and knowledge of the recreation, parks and event profession.