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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Equity & Youth Development - Symposium and Training

February 19 is the kickoff to our next 3-year public symposium series focused on exploring and supporting equity within Minnesota’s youth development programs. Based on stakeholder input, we chose to hold this event on a school release day to encourage young people to attend. If you can bring a group of youth, please email Kate Walker.

We have invited scholar-activist and practitioner Torie Weiston-Serdan and youth co-facilitator Morgan Campbell to join us. Torie and Morgan's work recognizes the need for new and innovative ways to think about youth work that include a critical analysis of how race, gender, class and sexuality relate. In addition, self-work, including equity and diversity training, is necessary to transform youth work.

We invite you to join us on this equity journey. Register now!

Want to dig deeper into Equity and Youth Development? Torie Weiston-Serdan has worked extensively with community-based organizations in support of their youth advocacy efforts, specializing in training mentors to work with diverse youth populations including Black, Latinx, LGBTQQ, first generation college students and low-income youth. Join Torie and Morgan for an in-depth, hands-on training on Critical Mentoring in the afternoon, following the symposium. More information and registration will be coming soon.

Getting back to youth work basics

Positive youth development focuses on promoting young people’s strengths and giving them opportunities to grow. Youth workers do their work with three basic ideas in mind: the field of youth development, supporting youth needs and the youth worker him or herself.

Kari RobideauExtension educator, reviews the basics of the positive youth development approach to youth work in this blog post. How does the positive youth development approach add intentionality to your work?

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

2018 training schedule

Safe spaces for rural LGBT youth - Brown bag webinar

Jan. 10

Focuses on the need for safe spaces for LGBT youth, our unique ability to provide those spaces within positive youth development programs and interviews with youth themselves.

Youth Work Matters Online

Jan. 16 - Feb. 7

Create resources and learn skills to help you work with young people. Online activities include 3 webinars and self-paced learning.

Feb. 19 - March 26

This online class explores supervision and leadership issues in youth work organizations. Online activities include 3 webinars and self-paced learning.

Save the dates!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Community job openings

TPT, Twin Cities Public Television is hiring an Educational Outreach Manager

This is an opportunity to be part of a great team, doing valuable community-oriented work for educational equity for underserved kids in grades K-2, focusing on science and literacy.


The University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development Extension is recruiting Extension educators
  • Extension Educator- Youth Development, Southwest MN, Job Opening ID 319219.
  • Extension Educator- Youth Development, Southeast MN, Job Opening ID 319287.
Required qualifications

Education: A completed Master’s degree at time of appointment is required.  A strong preference for formal education with a significant course work in a discipline or program related to working with youth and program development and implementation. 

Experience: At least two years of post-bachelor degree professional experience in youth development field required. Examples include: Cooperative Extension; elementary, secondary, or post-secondary education; national or community-based youth organizations or foundations.  Professional experience must include responsibility for educational program development, design, delivery, and evaluation. 

YWCA Minneapolis is hiring a Contact Plus Youth Counselor (Full Time)


YWCA St. Paul is hiring a Children's Program Coordinator


Professional development opportunities

Register for these classes at the Youth Work Learning Lab - University of Minnesota

All classes are held in St. Paul.

  • Youth Program Quality Assessment (YPQA) Basics
    Dec. 15, 2017 - 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • YPQA Reliability for the External Assessor
    Jan. 30-31, 2018 - 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

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