L.A. County Parks and Rec East Region staff completes special training

L.A. County Parks and Rec East Region staff completes special training


The Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation East Region is fully committed to providing top-quality youth sports programming.

And it shows.

Recently, in conjunction with the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS), a special Onsite Academy for Youth Sports Administrators was held for 30 staff members involved in overseeing and conducting its wide variety of youth sports programs.

“Our department is dedicated to providing the very best sports programs for the youth of our community,” said Manuel Escobar, Acting Deputy Director of the L.A. County Parks and Recreation East Region. “The Academy is a gold mine of information and was so valuable in helping our staff enhance their knowledge in so many different aspects that come into play when conducting and overseeing programs these days.”

NAYS’ Academy is the nation’s most well-known and respected educational program for youth sports professionals. More than 3,600 individuals have completed it and earned the Certified Youth Sports Administrator (CYSA) credential.

The Academy covers parent management, conflict resolution, child abuse prevention, insurance and risk management, as well as many other areas that affect the quality of youth sports programming.

Thanks to the depth and diversity of content professionals working with children in a variety of capacities – recreation center directors, summer camps, after-school programming and aquatics, among them – have embraced and benefited from earning their CYSA credential.

Escobar earned his CYSA credential in 2005 and serves on the CYSA Leadership Committee, which consists of CYSAs from around the world who are dedicated to operating youth sports programs with integrity and professionalism while guiding policy and developing standards in youth sports programming and administration.

“Manuel Escobar is tireless and passionate when it comes to providing quality youth sports programming,” said Lisa Licata, senior director of NAYS’ Professional Administrators. “By having 30 key staff complete the Academy the Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation East Region has positioned itself as a national leader by taking proactive steps for helping to ensure the very best youth sports programming.” 

The L.A. County Parks and Recreation East Region serves communities in East Los Angeles, Altadena, La Crescenta, La Puente and Azusa.

Once individuals earn the CYSA credential they have access to a variety of materials and resources that enable them to perform their duties more efficiently. There is also a special CYSA Forum where professionals can ask questions and gather feedback from their peers.

In order to maintain their CYSA credential, as well as have continued access to the Academy and its resources, administrators must earn continuing education every two years.

The Academy is also available online, which enables busy professionals to complete it from home at their own pace.

For more information visit www.nays.org/academy or email academy@nays.org.

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