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Networking Workshop for Queens Volunteers: Queens Parks Connections

Thursday, September 5, 2019

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.

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Join Partnerships for Parks for our annual Queens Parks Connections to mix and mingle with community leaders and NYC Parks staff in Queens. At this networking event and workshop, discover creative ways to recruit volunteers of all ages and keep them engaged. Whether you’re a first time or seasoned volunteer, enjoy a free dinner and good company as we celebrate the community of Queens park advocates and work to make it stronger.

Topics Include:

  • Characteristics of a thriving park group
  • How to set your group up for sustainable success
  • Tips on creating valuable volunteer experiences for youth

Featured Speakers: 

  • Michael Dockett, Queens Borough Commissioner, NYC Parks 

Michael began his career with NYC Parks in 1984 as an Urban Park Ranger in Queens, steadily rising through the ranks and holding positions in all five boroughs. In 2008, he became assistant commissioner for the Urban Park Service, overseeing the growth of Parks Enforcement Patrol and implementing response plans to coastal storms. Michael was appointed Queens borough commissioner in 2019 to oversee the 460 parks in the borough. He holds a master’s degree in business administration and enjoys camping, singing in his church choir, and serving as an Assistant Scout Master for the Boy Scouts of America. 

  • Joel Lock, Associate Director of Youth Development, City Parks Foundation 

Joel Lock has a passion for educating others on the best practices of working with young people. He serves on the advisory board of the Career Internship Network, a program that promotes internship experiences for high school students in NYC. Joel studied psychology at Virginia Tech and has been working in youth development ever since, including conducting trainings for youth service professionals across NYC, and improving college access for underrepresented youth. 

  • Marouh Hussein, Group Development Specialist, Partnerships for Parks 

Marouh provides one-on-one coaching to community park groups in a variety of topics; including goal setting, group structure, and volunteer management. In her previous work at Project Harmony, Marouh designed community development workshops, secured funding for local chefs and food justice advocates, and liaised with other organizations. Marouh is a native New Yorker and active community gardener in Central Harlem. 

  • Shah Tariq, Sara Baral, Giuliani Lopez,  Queens Outreach Coordinators, Partnerships for Parks

Shah, Sara, and Jules act as the first point of contact for park groups and volunteers in their respective districts. They each work to support and sustain existing community park groups and to guide new groups by helping them find the appropriate people and resources to transform their green spaces.

At Partnerships for Parks , we help people, organizations, and government work together to support NYC parks, gardens, trees, and other green spaces. Our free workshops are a great way to network and learn the skills needed to start, build, or sustain your park group.


Location Details:
80-30 Park Ln, Kew Gardens, NY 11415



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