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The Alberta Recreation & Parks Association (ARPA) oversees provincial implementation of a variety of programs and initiatives related to children and youth recreation, including HIGH FIVE® and the Youth Development Through Recreation Services (YDRS) Symposium.
As a result of its extensive children and youth programs and initiatives, ARPA has developed a comprehensive Children and Youth Model that:
1. Encompasses a philosophy based on the belief that all children and youth across Alberta should have access to quality recreation, sport, and physical activity programs;
2. Undertakes relevant research and provides sectoral leadership;
3. Ensures professional development opportunities are available across Alberta.
Implementation of these programs and initiatives is guided by ARPA’s Recreation Connections and Collaboration Network.
The Recreation Connection Network (RCN) is a volunteer group of professionals who are interested in advancing the vision, mission and strategic goals of Alberta Recreation & Parks Association. The network identifies issues and opportunities within the area of interest for the Board and CEO.
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ARPA is pleased to annually recognize excellence in projects that focus on youth recognition using a youth development model through the Excellence in Youth Development Award.
The Alberta Recreation & Parks Association would like to acknowledge the First Nations, the Métis, and all of the people across Alberta who share a history and a deep connection with this land. We dedicate ourselves to moving forward in partnership with Indigenous communities in the spirit of reconciliation and collaboration.