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Thursday, February 8, 2018

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. When you register, you can indicate the number of young people who will be attending with you.

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 either in person or online. We've had a great response to this event so far, and have adjusted the room setup to accommodate more participants.

Want to dig deeper into Equity and Youth Development? Torie Weiston-Serdan has worked extensively with community-based organizations in support of 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 Morgen Campbell for Critical Mentoring in Real Life, an in-depth training following the February 19 symposium. This afternoon lunch and workshop is hosted by our partner MENTOR Minnesota. Get more information and sign up.

Leadership Matters Online

Stepping into a leadership role in the field of youth development is often an on-the-job learning experience. Staff choosing a career in youth development doesn't begin by hoping to supervise adults, manage budgets and conduct evaluations; staff enter the field because of a passion and interest in supporting youth. This online training explores youth work supervision, management, strengths-based leadership, and core competencies. Online activities include three live webinars (March 1, 8 and 15) and self-paced learning.

Learn more and register.

The importance of being ‘youth-centric' in real life

Guest blogger Torie Weiston-Serdon is passionate about youth work and has traveled around the country speaking to organizations about critical mentoring. Much of her discussion is around the concept of youth centrism: putting youth at the center of work with youth. In this week's blog post, Torie gives some historical context to youth centrism and discusses its importance to critical youth work. Join the conversation!

Re-imagining youth work through an equity lens

Read Kate Walker’s blog post on the Center for Youth Development’s process of envisioning and designing this new symposium series on the complex and important topic of equity and youth development. She shares how we are responding to three key themes at our upcoming kickoff.

Upcoming training and events

Feb. 19
Offers a framework for critical youth work and practical ways for organizations to do youth-centric work that liberates without marginalizing.

Feb. 19

An in-depth training following the Feb. 19 symposium.

Feb. 22 - 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 date for the NE Forum on April 26 in Grand Rapids!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Community job openings

MN ACLU is hiring 2 organizers!

  • One based in St. Paul that will focus on criminal justice work.
  • One based in Mankato that will focus on immigrant rights organizing.

City of St Paul is hiring!


CommonBond Communities is hiring!

Professional development opportunities

Responding to White Supremacy in Youth Work

Mondays, 6-8 p.m.: 1/22, 2/5, 2/19, 3/5, 3/19, 4/2, 4/16, 4/30
University of Minnesota - St. Paul Campus, Peters Hall, Room 202, 1404 Gortner Ave.


This seminar will explore how and why, in this current moment, some youth are choosing to adopt white supremacist ideas and behaviors.  As class we will discuss how this phenomenon shows up in our daily practices; research class identified areas of interest; and work to understand how we might build our skills sets and knowledge base to better respond and support youth in our community.  The first weeks of the seminar will focus on what questions and practices could help youth workers engage in this work and the final weeks will focus on how youth workers can support youth who are organizing to promote social justice.

Facilitator:  Jena Brune and Emily Krumberger, YDL Graduate Students

If you have any questions, please contact Deborah Moore, Director- Youth Work Learning Lab
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