NEWS

Feb 14 2019

Call for Papers “Leisure for Children and Youth” Special Issue – WLJ

Throughout the world, children and youth are experiencing changes in their surroundings that influence, enhance or challenge their leisure experiences. These events occur individually, but also within peer groups, families, communities, and social media and technology. There are many health, economic, educational, and environmental factors that children and youth face and will continue to confront in the future, but there are also opportunities to nurture resiliency and growth. An African proverb states, It Takes a Village to Raise a Child. We invite those with empirical data, theoretical and analytical frameworks, and evidence-based practice to submit manuscripts that focus on leisure services/programs that play an important role in their village. We encourage studies that elucidate how collaboration with other areas and interdisciplinary approaches promote positive youth development. We want to know what empirically-based outcomes are linked to this research and how these can be applied to practice around the globe.

Papers are therefore invited to cover but are not limited to the following themes surrounding leisure for children and youth:

  • Immigrants and refugees
  • Poverty and low income
  • Homelessness
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Gender
  • Inclusion and disabilities (physical, cognitive, emotional/psychological, and/or social)
  • LGBT
  • Families
  • Cultural responsiveness
  • Community youth development
  • Youth engagement and decision making
  • Youth policy
  • Prediction-Prevention-Intervention paradigms
  • Out-of-school time
  • Nature and outdoors
  • Camps
  • Expressive Arts
  • Sport
  • Technology
  • Assessments for positive youth development

Potential authors are strongly encouraged to contact guest editor Cari Autry to discuss potential submissions to assure topics fit the special issue.

Manuscript Submission Procedure

Submit to both Guest Editors, Cari E. Autry () and Clifton E. Watts ().

The complete style and reference guide can be found at: http://www.informaworld.com/rwle or in the back cover of recent issues of the Journal. In brief:

  1. All manuscripts must be in English and must not exceed 5000 words all inclusive. Manuscripts that exceed this limit will not be reviewed until they conform.
  2. Manuscripts must be double spaced in 12 pt New Times Roman.
  3. Manuscripts must adhere to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA, 6th edition).
  4. Manuscripts should be sent as e-mail attachments in doc or docx formats.

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Jan 31 2019

Jo An M. Zimmermann (United States): “Leisure is having the free time and freedom to participate in activities which feed my soul”

We are happy to introduce you to our member Dr. Jo An M. Zimmermann, Associate Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator for the Recreation Administration program at Texas State University. We feel lucky to count on Jo An’s expertise in the Special Interest Group (SIG) on Leisure Management, which she co-facilitates together with Dr. John Tower.

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Jan 31 2019

WLO COO meets the new director of UNWTO Affiliate Members Department

On the 24thJanuary, WLO Chief Operating Officer (COO), Dr. Cristina Ortega Nuere, visited the international tourism trade fair FITUR in Madrid, and met Mr. Ion Vilcu, recently appointed as the new director of the UNWTO Affiliate Members Department — which the WLO is part of. WLO COO introduced WLO’s programs to Mr. Vilcu and expressed our network’s interest in enhancing collaboration and participation within UNWTO.

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Jan 31 2019

Keqiao District honoured as a World Leisure Community of Excellence

Keqiao District (Shaoxing, China) has been designated as a World Leisure Community of Excellencefor 2018 by the World Leisure Organization (WLO). This title recognizes Keqiao’s innovative and successful use of leisure to improve its citizens’ quality of life.

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Jan 31 2019

WLO welcomes new members of the Board of Directors

Coming from Australia, Brazil, China and Turkey, four new members join the WLO Board of Directors, who will serve for the period 2019-2021. They were elected by current members of the Board after an open nomination process that closed in November last year.

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