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Workshop for Staten Island Volunteers: Staten Island Parks Connections

Saturday, October 13, 2018

10:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.

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Partnerships Academy Workshops

Partnerships for Parks (PfP) invites you to join us at one of our many free and open to the public workshops offered year-round! They are a great way to meet, network, and learn the skills needed to get involved with, build, or sustain your park group.

Upcoming Workshop: Staten Island Parks Connections

Are you a park volunteer or supporter in Staten Island? Come to this workshop to meet other community members caring for local parks, and hear about the amazing work park groups are doing across Staten Island! You'll learn about ways to spruce up your neighborhood park, work with NYC Parks staff in your borough, get funding, and more. Enjoy a light brunch as you mingle and get plugged into the larger network of park volunteers & staff in your borough. 

Topics Include: 

  • Navigating NYC Parks and the many resources available to you
  • Planning park events and obtaining necessary permits
  • How to speak “Parkie”, a guide to the common idioms and acronyms to know as a park volunteer
  • Guidance and inspiration from other active community leaders in Staten Island 

Featured Speakers: 

  • Edwin Rodriguez, Permits Supervisor, NYC Parks

Edwin Rodriguez Jr has been with Parks for 7 years, starting his career at Central Communications for the Urban Parks Service. He then moved on to Queens as the Ballfield Permits Coordinator, and now serves as the Permits Supervisor in Staten Island for the last three years coordinating permits for athletic fields and special events. 

  • Jessica Kratz, Greenbelt Nature Center Coordinator, NYC Parks

Jessica R. Kratz has served as the coordinator of the Greenbelt Nature Center since January 2008. This eclectic role has provided myriad opportunities for dynamic partnerships and programs to engage the community. Jessica currently serves as the VP for Communications and Technology for the New York State Outdoor Education Association (NYSOEA).  

  • Laura Rog, Director of Volunteer Strategy and  Development, NYC Service 

Laura Rog is the Director of Volunteer Strategy and Development at NYC Service, Office of the Mayor. In her role, she works with City agency and nonprofit partners to connect NYC residents to each other and the City through service, with a focus on scaling neighborhood engagement, engaging youth in service, and volunteer management during emergency response. Laura began her service in 2002 as an AmeriCorps VISTA, and worked in both public school and nonprofit settings prior to joining NYC Service. 

  • Brianne Whalen, Administrator, Westerleigh Parks Coalition

Brianne Whalen is the Administrator of Westerleigh Parks Coalition, a non-profit organization on the North Shore dedicated to the beautification of Westerleigh and Northerleigh Parks. In addition to their focus on stewardship, the group has organized several community events such as a Christmas Tree Lighting, School Band Concerts, a Halloween Party, and more, to bring the neighborhood together in the centerpieces of our community. 

  • Hilda Adeniji & Ibrahim Fall, Community Leaders, Friends of Mariners Harbor Parks 

Hilda and Ibrahim are community leaders from the Friends of Mariners Harbor Parks, a new group started earlier this year to unify the neighborhood through community activities. Hilda and Ibrahim are in charge of the group's project management and business development, and are both fellows in the 2018 Partnerships Academy Fellowship program. 

  • Stefanie Gutierrez & Carmine Raimondi, Outreach Coordinators, Partnerships for Parks

Stefanie and Carmine are the Partnerships for Parks Outreach Coordinators for Staten Island, acting as the first point of contact for park groups and volunteers in their respective districts. They both work to support and sustain existing community park groups, and to guide new groups that are just starting out by helping them find the appropriate people and resources to transform their green spaces.

For more information or questions, please email


Greenbelt Nature Center in Blood Root Valley Accessible
700 Rockland Avenue at Brielle Avenue
Staten Island
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