Partnerships Academy

Are you looking for training and support? Want to meet, network, and learn with a dynamic group of dedicated park community groups? Partnerships Academy offers unique and exciting opportunities for you!

Partnerships Academy is a training program that supports community-based park groups and individual volunteers to achieve success.

The deadlines to apply for the Partnerships Academy Fellowship 2014 have passed. Accepted participants will be notified by March 12, 2014, accepted mentors will be notified by March 17, 2014.

To find out more about Partnerships Academy, please contact Leah Worrell at (212) 676-6054, or

Partnerships Academy Fellowship is geared towards community groups who are committed to getting to the next level of their development as a group or with a specific project. Fellowship participants work with Partnerships for Parks to create a timeline for their initiative, and get support to achieve it through coaching and peer support. Our in-person sessions will help you define your goals, develop an action plan, monitor your progress, and evaluate your work.

Partnerships Academy Workshops are free and open for registration to community groups that support NYC Parks, street trees, and other green spaces. Regular workshops featuring expert guest speakers are tailored to fit the unique needs of park volunteers. Topics include time management, branding, working with NYC Parks and elected officials, networking, and event planning. If you have limited time, and a desire to enhance your skills and network with other community group leaders, Partnerships Academy Workshops are for you.

Are you Covered? Insurance for Community Park Groups

Thursday, November 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Register now for FREE at

Find out about what community park group leaders need to know to protect themselves and their groups from legal concerns.


- Learn the basics about the types of insurance that community group leaders most need to know about, including general liability, directors and officers, and special events insurance.

- Examples of park group events and programs and whether they may require insurance.

- How your legal status (being an unaffiliated group, having a fiscal sponsor, or having 501c3 status) impacts what type of insurance you should know about.

- Neil Stevenson, Senior Staff Attorney, The Lawyers Alliance
- Sharmila Rampersaud, Associate Counsel, NYC Parks
- Jason Zheng, Account Executive, Crystal & Company (an insurance brokerage firm)

FREE but registration is required. Click here to register:

Questions about the Partnerships Academy? Please contact Leah Worrell at (212) 676-6054 or


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Partnerships Academy is a training program for leaders of community park groups which support NYC Parks and green spaces.

To find out more about Partnerships Academy, please contact Leah Worrell at (212) 676-6054, or