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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Join us at our upcoming events!

Learn about Social and Emotional Learning in Youth Programs

Social Emotional Learning in Practice

This action-based training builds fluency and understanding of how to support social emotional learning (SEL). 

Sept. 15, 2016, 9 a.m. - noon

Mapping Social Emotional Learning in Youth Programs

This advanced workshop is designed for program leaders ready to develop a deeper understanding of how their existing program offerings align to social and emotional skill building.

Oct. 25, 2016, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Register for a Regional Forum in Duluth or Marshall

Youth Work in a Shared Global Community


Sept. 22 in Duluth

Increased immigration and resettlement, technology, and media bring the corners of our world ever closer, while fostering diversity within our communities. Global citizenship skills are more important than ever.  As youth workers, we have a shared responsibility to prepare young people for global citizenship and to learn to work constructively across difference.  We also need to ensure that our programs are relevant, accessible, and welcoming to all youth. After Dr. Jennifer Skuza's keynote on global citizenship, three breakout sessions will be offered that will deepen your learning of the cultural aspects of youth work, in the unique context of youth work management and leadership, and approaching ethical dilemmas we face in our work with young people.

Global Citizenship and White Privilege


Oct. 20 in Marshall

Dr. Skuza will discuss why global youth citizenship is important, frame it as an educational approach, and share innovative methods that can help youth workers and educators teach it. This will be followed by a facilitated discussion by Felecia Boone on white privilege. During the session, participants will begin to explore and understand systemic racism and the advantages associated with racial identity, with a focus on the system (versus the individual) and awareness building (versus action planning).


Regional Forum in St Cloud
Save the date: Nov. 15


Register for an Online Cohort Course​

Youth Work Matters Online

This online class takes an in-depth exploration into the foundational research and theories of positive youth development.

Jan. 30 - Feb. 27, 2017

Leadership Matters Online

This online class takes an in-depth exploration into the key issues in supervision and leadership of youth work organizations.

Feb. 9 - March 9, 2017

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

New book for youth development professionals


The Changing Landscape of Youth Work: Theory and Practice for an Evolving Field, which includes a chapter by Extension's Kate Walker, is a new book that compiles and publicizes the best current thinking about training and professional development for youth workers. In the past decade there has been an emergence of research and policy arguments about the importance of naming, defining, and attending to the profession of youth work. Find out more!

Why youth programs matter for Somali American youth


The benefits youth reap in youth programs are well understood. High-quality programs provide enriching experiences that broaden their perspectives, improve their socialization, enhance their skills and support healthy identity development -- especially during adolescence. The specific benefit to Somali American youth is less well understood, because they are less likely than their peers to participate in organized youth programs. Joanna Tzenis argues that it's important to engage them in youth programs, particularly here in Minnesota, home to the largest Somali population in the U.S.  Join the Youth Development Insight blog conversation!

Professional development opportunities

Get Ready to Celebrate Lights On Afterschool! 
Oct 17 - 21 

Ignite Afterschool is excited to announce the statewide theme: Hats Off to Afterschool! Make sure to take part in our statewide light up hat activity courtesy of the Bakken Museum.  What will you do to take your hat off for afterschool?  

What is Lights On Afterschool?
Launched in October 2000, Lights On Afterschool (LoA) is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities. The effort has become a hallmark of the afterschool movement and generates media coverage across the country each year.

How do I get started?
Here’s a few ways to jump-start your LoA event planning:

Youth Program Quality Assessment (YPQA) Basics

The Youth PQA is a research-validated and field-tested tool designed to evaluate the quality of youth programs and identify staff training needs. 
Oct. 28, 20169 a.m. - 4 p.m., St. Paul

The Purpose and Power of Working with Groups

Take a quick tour of some of the historical roots of group work and get some ideas on how to build in more group work in your youth program.
Nov. 18, 20169 a.m. - noon, St. Paul

YPQA Reliability for the External Assessor

This course is focused on giving participants video practice and discussion to increase their accuracy in observing and scoring using the Youth Program Quality Assessment Tool (YPQA).
Dec. 14-15, 2016, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Community job openings

Project for Pride in Living: Resident Services

Join the Community Technology Empowerment Project (CTEP) AmeriCorps team at PPL! We’re looking for two members with a passion for bringing tech skills and access to people with lower incomes. You’ll provide 1:1 and group tech-based services at housing sites; connect residents to employment, education, and tools needed to reach their career goals!


ALC Plus Case Coordinator - VOA High School


VOA is a contract alternative school helping Minneapolis Public School Students envision a hopeful and successful future.

The Case Coordinator will be responsible for the day to day oversight and management of assisting enrolled ALC Plus students to achieve success in reaching educational goals. The Case Coordinator will consult with the school staff, ALC Plus Educational Team, System Navigator, Hennepin County Probation and Court Staff and parents to assure student success in the program. Assist with problem solving student participation/attendance, behavioral issues and assist with coordination of other supportive mental/chemical health referrals services. Facilitate transition to mainstream education settings as appropriate. Transport youth as needed.

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