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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Join us at our upcoming events!

Learn about Social Emotional Learning in Youth Programs

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. Register up to three members of your organization for one registration fee.

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

Regional Forums in Marshall and St. Joseph

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).

Global Citizenship Starts with your Neighbor: Strategies for working with youth

Nov. 15 in St. Joseph

Dr. Skuza's keynote address will be focusing on ‘Global Citizenship’ and will kick off our discussions for the day on how to develop globally minded young people using the resources here in our own neighborhood. 

Online Cohort Courses​

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

Brown bag webinars

Brown bag webinars provide research-based information on hot topics, trends, and innovative programmatic efforts on content relevant to youth practitioners over the lunch hour. Topics will be announced in November.

Jan. 18, March 8 and May 10, 2017, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Save the date for the Feb. 9 SEL Capstone Symposium 

Join us for a capstone to the social and emotional learning (SEL) symposium series that will showcase efforts where social and emotional learning has taken off and call participants to action in advancing SEL.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The Journal of Youth Development wants you!

The Journal of Youth Development: Bridging Research & Practice (JYD) is an online, peer-reviewed publication dedicated to advancing youth development practice and research. Enjoy the benefits of JYD and become a reader, author or reviewer by setting up a user account on the JYD website.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

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?
  • Register your event with the Afterschool Alliance, the national coordinator of LoA. They’ll also share the info with Ignite so that we can support your event.
  • Order your Hats Off to Afterschool activity kit. Order your kit from Ignite is sponsoring 500 free kits, with up to 30 kits available per program. Need more? Additional kits cost $2/kit.
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:

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
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.

Beyond Parent Involvement: Working to Engage and Partner Effectively With Families in School and Out of School

When: Tuesday Nov. 1, 2016, 1:00-3:30pmLocation: Commons Hotel, 615 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414Cost: FREE - to help with planning, please register online. Who:Practitioners who work with youth and families, researchers interested in family-school partnerships, and anyone interested in better understanding parent engagement strategies.

Sexting, Snaps, and Social Media: Trends in Teens and Technology 
This presentation will define and explore social media, providing information regarding which websites are popular among youth today. Attendees will explore the risks and benefits of social media for teens and identify warning signs. Parents, educators, and other professionals will leave the session better equipped to make social media the safest and most positive experience possible for the teens in their lives.

Thursday, November 10
9:00 am - 12:00 pm 

Mount Zion Temple 
1300 Summit Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105 
3 CEHs | $89 $75.65 (when you register by October 10)

Jennifer K. Londgren, Ed.D, LMFT, NCC, & Thad Shunkwiler, MS, LMFT, LPCC, RPT, Assistant Professors in Alcohol and Drug Studies Program - Minnesota State University, Mankato

Level: Basic
For: Parents & Professionals  
Ages addressed: Youth & Adolescents / Includes Clinical Content

MN Association for Children's Mental Health's 21st AnnualChild & Adolescent Mental Health Conference
April 23-25, 2017 | Duluth, MN
Join us for the largest children's mental health
conference in the nation!

Do you have current, innovative, practical or leading edge children's mental health information to share? Submit your presentation for MACMH's nationally recognized Child & Adolescent Mental Health Conference! Submission DEADLINE: Wednesday, October 26, 2016Submission InformationAbout our ConferenceRegister

Monday, October 3, 2016

Community job openings

Youth Development Boatbuilding Instructor

This position works directly with youth in our Apprenticeship Program, with high potential for additional hours as an instructor with the Partnership Program. The right candidate will have experience working with youth, woodworking and/or boatbuilding experience, excellent organizational skills, and dependability, among other qualities.

For more information and to apply, please see the full position description on our website.

Youthrive: Scholar opportunity

Interested in making a meaningful connection with young people? Become a youthrive Scholar!

Scholars work with groups of Twin Cities middle or high school students to help them build their leadership skills and learn about community action while preparing to meet a Nobel Peace Prize laureate at youthrive’s 2017 Youth Forum.  Commit for 12 months and have a life-changing experience!  Scholars work at school and community youth program sites for 10 hours a month beginning in Fall, 2016.

To learn more and apply, visit the Who We Are/Scholars page  at

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