Call for Paper: Youth Participation and Community Change

Posted by on November 7, 2003

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Subject: Call for Papers


A Special Issue of
Journal of Community Practice

Guest Editors: Barry Checkoway and Lorraine Guti?rrez

Young people are joining together and taking initiative in communities nationwide. They are mobilizing for civil rights, organizing for environmental justice, and advocating for school reforms. They are serving on agency boards, raising consciousness through the arts, and providing neighborhood-based services. These efforts challenge media portrayals of youth as “victims of poverty” and “problems in society, as well as the typical focus of professionals on youth needs and deficiencies. In contrast, youth participation expresses the view of youth as competent citizens and active participants in the institutions and decisions that affect their lives. Youth participation is increasing, and research, teaching and information dissemination can contribute to its quality.

Accordingly, the Editors of the Journal of Community Practice: Organization, Planning, Development, & Change invite manuscripts that relate to community youth participation. Focus/format can include:

* Case studies
* Teaching and training modules
* Best practices
* Qualitative and quantitative methods
* Participatory research
* Theory and model development
* Program evaluation
* Interdisciplinary perspectives

We expect that this issue will develop knowledge of youth-led, adult-led, and intergenerational initiatives that focus on youth participation, and we seek manuscripts from practitioners, researchers, and educators from diverse disciplines and fields.

Manuscripts should be 15-18 double-spaced pages in length, include an abstract of 100 words or less, and follow the Version 5 style of the American Psychological Association (APA). Authors should submit four printed copies and a disk copy. All manuscripts will receive anonymous peer review, and final acceptance is subject to the decision of the Guest Editors and Editors of the Journal of Community Practice.

Submit manuscripts by July 1, 2004, to: Editors, Journal of Community Practice, School of Social Work, Wayne State University, Room 11, Thompson Home, 4756 Cass Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48202. For more information, phone: (313) 577-8969 or e-mail

The Journal of Community Practice is a multidisciplinary journal designed to provide a forum for the development of knowledge related to numerous disciplines, including social work and the social sciences, urban planning, social and economic development, community organizing, policy analysis, urban and rural sociology, public administration, and nonprofit management. The Journal of Community Practice is sponsored by the Association for Community Organization & Social Administration (ACOSA), and published by The Haworth Press, Inc.

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