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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Help inform our Equity and Youth Development series

The Extension Center for Youth Development's next 3-year public symposium series will focus on exploring and supporting equity within Minnesota’s youth development programs. We have engaged an equity-focused creative strategy firm, Imagine Deliver, to help us (re)imagine and design what a series on this complex, important and emerging topic looks like. In July we are hosting a Discovery Day to capture insights from community stakeholders and young people. But we'd like to gather broader feedback from you as well. Please take less than 5 minutes to share your thoughtful and creative ideas here. Thank you for lending your valuable time, candid perspective and best thinking to shape our next series.

Register now for our SEL training suite

SEL in Practice is our foundation workshop and we recommend taking it first. If you want to dig into how your program design supports SEL, register a small team for Mapping SEL in Youth ProgramsIf you want to hone your ability to respond in the moment to SEL skill-building opportunities, sign up for Responsive Practices to Support SEL.  All three trainings build on and apply resources and activities from our free SEL toolkit.

Tips on writing surveys for youth

In this month's Youth Development Insight blog post, Betsy Olson talks about how to collect opinions from the youth in your program by asking the right questions.
In surveys, asking the right questions can be tricky. The questions can be too complex, the responses can be mismatched or the vocabulary can be confusing.

Don't go through all the hard work of collecting survey data from a group of young people without ensuring the responses measure what you intend to measure and accurately reflect their experiences.

Learn more!

New podcast: Q & A - frequently asked questions youth workers have about technology

Molly Frendo and Kari Robideau, Extension educators - distance learning technology
Kari and Molly answer 3 frequently asked questions youth workers have about technology:
  • How do I stay current on the latest social media tools young people are using?
  • Can you help me create a video in Articulate Storyline for my program?
  • How do I use technology with young people without overusing it?

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Upcoming training

  • Regional forum in Grand Rapids
    Save the date: Oct. 5, 9 a.m. - noon

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Professional development opportunities

Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health hosts
Tools for Anxious Youth 

Of all mental health disorders, anxiety disorders affect the greatest number of children and adolescents. However, there are minimal tools to use with youth experiencing anxiety. This presentation will provide a working group structure and tools to support adolescents with anxiety-related challenges. During the session, the presenters will review their 10-week group process; provide an outline and activities for the audience to utilize within their own practice, and explore a measurable group response tool. The goal is for the audience to be able to walk away from the workshop with resources to use to address adolescent anxiety from a group lens.

Molly Fox, MSW, LICSW, Social Worker
Amanda Bomstad, MS, NCC, NCSC, Counselor - Mankato Area Public Schools

Level: Intermediate | For: Professionals | Includes Clinical Content

Wednesday, July 19, 9am-12pm
Grace Church
9301 Eden Prairie Road
Eden Prairie, MN 55347

National Youth Leadership Training

July 23 – 29
Audubon Center
54165 Audubon Rd
Sandstone, MN 55072

The National Youth Leadership Training, a seven-day immersive leadership camp, activates young people to address today’s most pressing challenges and create impactful change.

For more information, go to

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Community job openings

Youthprise is hiring an Art Fellow


Common Bond is hiring! 

  • Teen Program Coordinator, Full Time, Torre de San Miguel, St. Paul
  • Teen Program Specialist, Temporary, Torre de San Miguel, St. Paul 
  • Teen Program Specialist, Part Time, Seward Tower East , Minneapolis  
  • Health and Wellness Instructor, Part Time, St. Paul

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities are hiring for 30+ positions.


YouthLink is currently hiring for an Americorps Employment VISTA and Americorps Education VISTA positions!  


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