Wellness Session
9:15 - 9:45 am
This short session enhances self-discovery and self-empowerment through the power of intention, reflection and guided visualization. Participants will have the opportunity to tap into their own creative minds and gently be led on an adventure to connect with the limitless gifts available to them at all times. This centering and empowering exercise will promote a healthy mindset in preparation of the activity-filled day.
Opening Session
10:00 - 10:30 am
Session 1:
10:45 - 11:45 am
Why do community members commit to their parks and serve on a PAC board? The Ellis PAC is a great example of a PAC who is leading by example engaging the community from seniors to youth. Hear from Arthur, Glennace, and Khari on what their why is. How they are including youth in their PAC through a youth council and partnering with PACs in the Bronzeville community.
This year the pandemic presented a challenge for PAC programming but through community partnerships PACs not only created events but created and helped nurture community. Hear from a panel of organizers & artists on how their work before & during the pandemic has helped create community.
Almost every fundraising event you have done in person can be held virtually!  Tune in for tips on the best online platforms, pitfalls to avoid and ways in which to maximize your success.  Learn ways to shift to virtual fundraising from the Chicago Parks Foundation, our very own PACs and special community guests. 
Why are virtual meetings so draining? We will cover some of the theories from psychology and cognitive science that explain why this is so. The seminar will also provide tips and best practices for navigating the technological new normal.
Session 2:
12:00 - 12:30 pm
In this workshop, PAC members will be provided with social media strategy foundations appropriate for community groups. Participants will gain insight about content focused on new ideas, time management and efficiency for community members, as well as tools for measuring engagement effectiveness. At the end of the session, PAC members will walk away with knowledge of about main types of social media platforms to help PACs align more closely with their brand and goals. In addition, PACs will have access to strategies for engaging customers at the optimal time of day or week for increased efficiency.
The role of a PAC Secretary is akin to that of the rudder on the boat, they help keep the Council organized and focused. Jocelyn Gerard, Loyola PAC and Debra Thompson, Hamilton PAC secretaries will share their experience and knowledge of the role and responsibility of the PAC Secretary.
Join Adrian Loza, Health and Physical Activities Manager and Sonica Ruiz, Program Specialist to learn about fun and engaging teen offerings at the Park District. They will share the innovative programs, like the Gaming Tournament and the Virtual Teen in The Park Festival, they help produce with partners during COVID19. Learn about current and future teen initiatives in store for 2021. Join us to get the scoop on all things teens! 
Learn everything there is to know about the Chicago Parks Foundation and how you can get involved!  CPF has something for everyone from our Fiscal Partnership Program and free community events to fun ticketed experiences. Join the conversation!
Closing Session
12:45 - 1:15 pm
Let's round out a productive conference with a fun game of Park Trivia. How well do you know your park, and others? We'll test your knowledge in this rousing game.

To request a sign language interpreter or other accessibility accommodations, e-mail or call (312) 742-4298 at least 72 hours prior to the conference.