Say hello to Noor Jaleel, a Park Pride summer intern supporting our community building efforts!
Noor has been working directly with Friends of the Park groups across Atlanta, facilitating our annual check-ins. With her help, Park Pride has identified the needs of Friends groups and evaluated program success.
We’re thrilled to have her on board. Learn more about Noor through our mini-interview below.
Why are parks important?
Parks are the epicenters of communities and childhoods. I spent more than half of my childhood outside and in parks, and it gave me a strong sense of responsibility not just for nature but for my hometown. Parks give people a sense of place and are havens of community building.
Park Pride’s mission is “to engage communities to activate the power of parks.” What does the “power of parks” mean to you?
Parks are a public good, meaning anyone can use them and they are free to use. They are areas where economic, social, and environmental benefits are created. Parks create energy in communities and when that energy is engaged, it’s powerful.
What do you enjoy most about working with Park Pride?
Learning about how different sectors work with each other at the local level, from public to private companies. Park Pride often works as an intermediary between these sectors in Atlanta and helps facilitate the flow of conversation. Since my major is Public Policy, I am interested in political processes and how Park Pride is involved in them. I also am excited to spend time outside and explore Atlanta!
What is your favorite park activity?
Hiking and picnicking. I grew up hiking with my dad and whenever we go our tradition is to get sandwiches from Publix and eat them at the prettiest spot in the hike.
What is your favorite local park?