Toro believes in the power of parks and green spaces to improve lives and communities. To put that belief into action, Toro is partnering with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) on a new initiative focused on workforce development and promoting career pathways for youth. 

Like Toro, NRPA is, dedicated to building strong, vibrant and resilient communities through the power of parks and recreation. Through this initiative, the two organizations will:

  • Create a Workforce Development Framework for local park and recreation agencies.
  • Launch a virtual learning series focused on career pathways and building essential workforce skills.
  • Help 2,200 individuals engage in workforce development experiences.

“The Toro Company is excited to partner with NRPA to create positive workforce development opportunities for young people across the country,” said Viane Hoefs, Director of Talent Acquisition at The Toro Company. “Building critical workforce skills and connecting young people to new career opportunities will help strengthen the park and recreation industry pipeline and workforce, ensuring that parks and recreation facilities continue their essential role in creating inclusive, thriving and resilient communities in the United States.”

Funding for this three-year program (grant #23A60YP00002-01-00) is provided by the United States Department of Labor through the Workforce Pathways for Youth program, which supports grant recipients’ efforts to supply workforce readiness programming for historically underserved youth from ages 14 to 21 in 21 states and American Samoa.

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Header Photo Credits:

Youth participate in enrichment activities in their local park in Berea, Kentucky. Photo provided by Grow Appalachia, an NRPA Parks as Community Wellness Hubs grantee.