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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Youth in a Global Community and World

Youth work regional forum - Willmar

Nov. 17, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
youth workers training

Evidence shows that global youth citizenship is a continuum that ranges from being aware of the interdependent nature of our world, to understanding how local and global issues affect the lives of people around the world, to taking action to create a more equitable world. Participants will connect how workforce needs and cultural skills will have an impact on how youth see and engage in the broader community. Dr. Skuza will introduce the WeConnect curriculum and how it has been used to engage middle school youth in exploring their global citizenship.
This forum will include:
  • Keynote speaker: Dr. Jennifer Skuza Global Youth Citizenship
  • Lunch and networking
  • Breakout workshops
Register now!

Leadership Matters offered twice this fall!

  • Thursday, Oct. 22, 9 a.m. - noon, St. Paul
  • Friday, Nov. 13, 9 a.m. - noon, Farmington

This training explores the unique context of youth work management and leadership, and provides internal professional development strategies specifically targeted to youth work practice. Register now!

Save the date for the next public symposium

Equipping Our Youth with SEL Skills: Local Snapshots and Strategies

Nov. 24

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is garnering a lot of national attention, but what’s going on right here in Minnesota? This symposium focuses on local SEL data and efforts. First Michael Rodriguez and Eric Moore will share a snapshot of the latest data from our local youth on a set of SEL indicators. Then you’ll hear from a panel of practitioners about what works, based on local promising strategies. All this will help inform Generation Next’s key action strategies to achieve its newest goal towards helping every child be socially and emotionally equipped to learn.

What draws youth to a program?

What draws young people to programs is adults that take a genuine interest in them. Building a genuine, positive relationship with a young person takes time and patience. One of the most effective ways to make it happen is through youth-adult partnerships.

According to Adam Fletcher from The Freechild Project, a youth-adult partnership is an intentional relationship between young people and adults that relies on adults acknowledging and empowering the ability, perspectives, ideas, and knowledge of young people throughout the relationship.

Judith Conway talks more about this in the latest Youth Development Insight blog post.  Join the conversation!

Community job openings

FamilyMeans Youth Program Coordinator

This part-time position (30 hours per week) will work to develop, implement, supervise and evaluate year-round educational, social and recreational opportunities for youth ages 13-18 at the Teen Center in Landfall, Minnesota. This work involves enabling teens to explore interests and hone passions, build self-identity and community, and gain knowledge and support toward making appropriate post-secondary life decisions. Landfall has a majority Latino youth population, so fluency in Spanish and English is critical. Minimum qualifications:  A bachelor’s degree in human development, recreation, education or other youth-related fields is required.  This position requires two to five years’ experience working with youth, preferably in a youth center or recreation setting.  Preferred qualifications: Leadership training or experience in youth program management and supervision.  Send resume, application and cover letter to Patti Hanlon, FamilyMeans, 1875 Northwestern Ave., Stillwater, MN  55082. The application is available online at:

Minneapolis Public Schools Job Postings
Community Education – Community School Coordinator, Green Central
Community Education - School Success Program Assistant
For accessing the employment application:
  • Go to the Minneapolis Public Schools homepage:
  • Click on "Careers" 
  • Click on New System – Internal
  • Login with your MPS username and password
  • Click on Careers
  • Click on Job Search

MACC CommonWealth collaborative job board:

Professional development opportunities

Here are some offerings from other organizations.

Children in Common: Ensuring the well-being of children when parenting apart
Oct. 22, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Did you know that two of every five births in the United States are in non-marital families and that one in five fathers today has children with more than one woman?  However, these statistics only tell part of the story.  On October 22, two eminent research scholars, Kathryn Edin and James McHale, will share their knowledge and insights about how we support and promote alliances among adults who share parenting responsibilities.

This conference is co-hosted by the Children, Youth, and Family Consortium and Parents Forever program, Extension Family Development Center.


NAA’s First Virtual Convention
November 1 – 15, 2015 
Learn on your time. Executive members attend for FREE! Ambassador members pay $49.
Whether you attended the 2015 National AfterSchool Convention in D.C. or not, you're bound to love the virtual convention.
3 Reasons to Register: 
  • Convenience. Listen to sessions whenever and wherever—even on mobile devices. Recorded workshops easily fit in your schedule!
  • Content. Relevant, actionable information and techniques for your program. Download and print workshop handouts from the resource library.
  • Community. Interact and network through live chats and communication threads with presenters and other participants.
More information

Upcoming training and events

Leadership Matters
Thursday, Oct. 22, 9 a.m. - noon, St. Paul
Friday, Nov. 13, 9 a.m. - noon, Farmington

Getting Down to the Nitty Gritty: Grit and the cultivation of a growth mindset
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m, online

Youth in a Global Community and World 
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Willmar

Equipping Our Youth with SEL Skills: Local Snapshots and Strategies
Nov. 24, 9 a.m. - noon 

Utilizing a Flipped Classroom to Train Teen Teachers
Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016. 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., online

Youth Work Matters Online 
Jan. 25 - Feb. 29, 2016

Quality Matters Online: A self study

Dilemmas in Youth Work Online: A self study

Youth Engagement Matters Online: A self study
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