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a spiritual growth as I felt myself making
a constructive impact in the lives of children who needed positive role models in
so many different ways. Although I am still
relatively new to this field and young in my
professional endeavors, I have noticed that

the parks, recreation, and leisure field is
one overflowing with people wanting to
make a difference.

How do you hope to make an impact
in the field of parks and recreation?

Tiffany: When I began my career, my
goal was simply to help youth realize their
full potential. As I grow into different positions, my goals have changed. I now aspire to impact the field by mentoring and
being a positive leader to everyone that I
interact with. I want to make an outstanding contribution to the field by working
hard, being energetic, sharing my passion for the advancement of our profession, and helping to make a difference in
the lives of many people. I would also like
to contribute to the advancement of minorities and women in the field.
Kara: The impact I would most like to
make on the field of parks and recreation
is to continue the legacy of providing the
essential service of parks and recreation.
I strive to be actively involved with the ongoing education of community members,
elected officials, and legislatures to promote access to and development of public
parks and recreation facilities.
Michael: In all honesty, I hope that my
persistence is the biggest impact of all
my accomplishments. Through dedication and thorough investigation, I hope
that my work in our field has the longevity
to be useful for many years to come and
in a variety of settings and fields of study.
I do not plan to stop pushing for bigger
and better things in our field until they
happen. I hope that, through friendships
and professional relationships, I can make
the connections possible to provide our
field what it needs to create and facilitate
changes that spark positive social actions.
Reviewing their responses is inspiring,
especially as a fellow young professional
in the field. You can see that their passion
is to serve others, and this is the legacy
they want to leave in parks and recreation. My fi nal question regarded their
long-term career goals and I feel their responses are best presented in the quote
shared by Tiffany, " Be the change that
you want to see. "
bROOkE buRk, Ph.d. is Assistant
Professor at SUNY Cortland and is Chair
of the Young Professional Network.

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