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AAPRA Announces 2022 Conversations that Matter – A Safe Zone Conversation

Moderated Conversations for Academy Members

A Safe Zone Conversation (SZC) is defined as dialogue amongst a group of people purposely engineered to discuss human topics that can be deemed sensitive, uncomfortable, or complex in nature. It is an environment of mutual respect and inclusivity, a safe place for people to speak their minds. All comments and questions are welcomed. No judgements. No recordings. Safe Zone Conversations are generously facilitated by members of Illinois Park & Recreation Association's Diversity Leadership Task Force, or individuals specifically trained and approved by the task force. Currently, Safe Zone Conversations are designed to discuss racism, LGBTQ+, and Latinx matters. Register to join a Safe Zone Conversation April 27. Limited to 30 attendees per session.

American Academy for Park & Recreation Administration Announces Leadership Transition at the Journal of Parks and Recreation Administration

Journal of Park and Recreation Administration (JPRA)

AAPRA is proud to announce Dr. Chris J. Wynveen, Associate Professor, Baylor University, Waco, Texas, as the new JPRA Editor in Chief.   Dr. Wynveen was serving as an associate editor and reviewer of the Journal prior to this appointment and has frequently published his research in the Journal. Dr. Wynveen received degrees from University of Illinois, Clemson University, and Texas A&M University. In addition to his teaching and research, Dr. Wynveen serves as an associate editor with Leisure Sciences, Journal of Rural Social Sciences, and Society and Natural Resources. 

Mentorship Webinar: It starts with “me”, but it’s all about YOU!

Have you ever wanted to strengthen your professional development in our parks and recreation profession, but weren’t sure how to proceed? Consider joining the Mentorship Program sponsored by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA) and National Recreation and Park Association’s Young Professionals Network (YPN). The Mentorship Program pairs young professionals, students, and new directors with Mentors who can provide a sounding board, advise, and feedback to help Mentees achieve their goals. The purpose of the program is to provide each Mentee with development opportunities through a relationship with an experienced professional. Still not sure?  Listen first-hand on this recorded webinar to the experiences from four emerging leaders, as well as two professionals who served as mentors this past year. You’ll be glad you took the opportunity to step out of your comfort zone and explore professional development, coaching, and support. Registration for the Mentorship Program is open now through Friday, February 11 at the following link: