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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Getting Intentional about Social and Emotional Learning: Promise, Progress, and Priorities



Feb. 9, 2017
9 a.m. - 12 noon


At our capstone to the social and emotional learning symposium series, Dr. Dale Blyth will offer reflections on the opportunities and challenges of intentionally improving social and emotional learning both within and beyond the classroom. We will also showcase several current Minnesota efforts to increase capacity and support social and emotional learning. Finally, we will host a World CafĂ© to engage participants in generating ideas for advancing and better supporting social and emotional learning for young people and the adults working with them.

Register now

Nominate a panelist for the Feb. 9 symposium

Who is helping social and emotional learning (SEL) to grow in Minnesota? We want to showcase efforts where SEL is taking off across the state. Please tell us about someone who you think is making this happen, and feel free to nominate yourself.

For example, we'd love to hear from and about innovative approaches to measurement, school and out-of-school partnerships, family engagement, or culturally responsive practices that support SEL.

The person you nominate may be invited to join a panel discussion at our Feb. 9, 2017 youth work symposium, "Getting Intentional about Social and Emotional Learning: Promise, Progress, and Priorities". Learn more about the symposium and register for it on our website.


Nominate a panelist here

Invitation to Participate: Propel SEL – Community Conversations


The Greater Twin Cities United Way and the Carlson Family Foundation invite you to community conversations to help shape the conversation about how youth workers/practitioners in mentoring and out-of-school time can best support social emotional learning and development (SEL) in middle/high school and opportunity youth.

Community conversations will take place in November and December with youth, youth work practitioners, mentors, leaders in youth development and out-of-school time learning, and systems stakeholders and funders within the nine-county metropolitan area.

Add your voice to the conversation and help shape this effort!

Register for community conversations.


November's podcast: Why Equity Matters in Youth Development


Our new podcast series features Center for Youth Development staff discussing research and best practices in youth development. In the latest podcast, Why Equity Matters in Youth Development, Kathryn Sharpe discusses how equity goes beyond diversity or equality, and achieving equity requires us to address root issues such as balance of power, access to opportunities and allocation of resources. Kathryn offers three practical strategies for organizations to consider.
Find our free podcast series in iTunes, “UMN EXT Youth Development Podcast” and subscribe today. 

You can also find more information on our website.

New to podcasting?  Find answers to your questions.

Register for our upcoming training opportunities!


Understanding Our Own Biases to Better Interact with Youth
Jan. 18, 2017

Youth Work Matters Online
Jan. 30 - Feb. 27, 2017

Getting Intentional about Social and Emotional Learning: Promise, Progress, and Priorities
Feb. 9, 2017

Leadership Matters Online
Feb. 9 - March 9, 2017

SEL in Practice
March 3, 2017


TBD Brown Bag Webinar
March 8, 2017 - Save the date!

Mapping SEL in Youth Programs
March 16, 2017 - Save the date!

Creating Partnerships with Tribal Nations
May 10, 2017

How to foster youth empathy


Empathy is a person’s ability to understand how another person is feeling. This sense of understanding is not something we are born with, it is a skill that we learn. The ability to empathize is critical because it allows us to understand other people. We as youth workers have an important role to play. We can facilitate strategies to develop and nurture empathy in young people. Rebecca Meyer talks about what strategies can help support development of empathy in youth in the latest Youth Development Insight blog post.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Professional development opportunities


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. This hands-on workshop prepares participants to conduct program self-assessment.

Dec. 8, 2016 - 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., 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, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., St. Paul

Community job openings

UMN's Institute on Community Integration is hiring!


Full-Time 100%, Professional/Academic (P&A) Education Program Specialist 2

One or more full-time (100%FTE) education program specialists who will provide expert knowledge and consultation in fields and disciplines focused on at-risk children and youth, including those with disabilities within the Institute on Community Integration (ICI). This individual leads the design, development, implementation and evaluation of training programs for state education agencies; local school districts; middle schools and high schools; postsecondary education entities; juvenile corrections programs; and other community service agencies. Training primarily focuses on developing the capacity of professionals nation-wide to successfully implement a student engagement and drop prevention intervention model-Check&Connect. This will require that the individual formulates and defines training needs and establishes program objectives and outcomes, and training designs that meet state of the art training standards and methods. This position requires independent decision-making within a set of defined quality standards and protocols to ensure the quality of training curricula and timeliness and effectiveness of delivery to targeted audiences. The role also requires the supervision of a team of professionals in carrying project training activities.

Full description.

To apply. Look up Job ID #: 314286.



True Friends is hiring for Summer Camp 2017 positions!


Youth Development & Leadership Volunteer Coordinator
Camp Friendship – Annandale, MN
Calling all youth development enthusiasts! True Friends is looking for students who are passionate about working with teens and young adults and developing important skills that fosters self-confidence, independence, and self-efficacy. Learn more!


Volunteer Services Assistant
Camp Friendship – Annandale, MN
Calling all extraordinary humans! True Friends is looking for all stars like you to help provide our Volunteer Services team with office and administrative support. Our behind the scenes office team is an integral piece of making camp successful each week. Learn more!


Public Relations Assistant
Based at Camp Friendship – Annandale, MN – supports all locations
Calling all photo bugs, writing wizards and social media stars! True Friends is looking for hard-working, camp-loving, versatile talent to document and share our life-changing summer camp experiences. Trade classrooms for campfires as you make life-long friends, gain invaluable professional experience and make a real difference in the lives of campers of all ability levels. Learn more!


Cabin Counselors
Positions available at all 4 MN locations
Calling all extraordinary humans! True Friends is looking for all stars like you to help provide our campers with positive life changing experiences this summer. Trade classrooms for campfires as you make life-long friends while making a real difference in an electrifying community of campers of all ability levels. Learn more!


Activities Counselors
Positions available at all 4 MN locations
Calling all creative creatures, Chaco children, luscious lifeguards, wonderful water warriors, crafty critters, and happy humans! True Friends is looking for all stars like you to help provide our campers with positive life changing experiences this summer. Be cross-trained in all camp related activity areas: archery, high ropes, waterfront, arts & crafts, music, and all the other fun camp has to offer. Learn more!




Minneapolis Youth Coordinating BoardDirector of Projects

Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Director of Projects will be responsible for oversight of the Minneapolis Afterschool Network and the Positive Corridors for Youth Project.  In addition, they will assume responsibility for the oversight and implementation of new projects as approved.

Qualified candidates for the position of Project Manager will have project management experience.  Further, they will be able to demonstrate their experience in youth development and community engagement as strategies for the planning and implementation of projects.   Writing for the purpose of foundation proposals and reporting is necessary.

Primary Responsibilities:

1. Minneapolis Afterschool Network -

In partnership with the Research, Evaluation, Assessment and Accountability Department of the Minneapolis Public Schools, lead and expand the ongoing process of data collection, analysis, and dissemination for afterschool providers in Minneapolis.
Build on ongoing efforts to develop and coordinate continuous quality improvement processes for afterschool providers in the City of Minneapolis.
Convene and staff the Minneapolis Afterschool Network Advisory Team.
Supervise ongoing operations of the What’s Up 612! Program Finder.
2. Positive Corridors for Youth -

Convene and staff the interjurisdictional team developing Positive Corridors for Youth.
Lead the implementation of the plan for piloting and expanding the program.
Evaluate the pilot.
3. Inform policy development, make recommendations and develop solutions to systemic barriers facing afterschool providers and youth serving programs in the City of Minneapolis.

4. Develop partner relationships with nonprofit intermediary organizations that direct policy and provide funding and other supports for out of school time and youth serving programs in Minneapolis.

5. Develop resources including proposal development for YCB sanctioned programs.

6. Assess feasibility for new special projects.  Develop and manage new special projects.

Experience & Qualifications:

Strong project management, coordination and diplomatic skills.
Knowledge and experience working in the field(s) of afterschool programming, youth development, human services, education including program standards, best practices-methodology and policy.
Ability to manage large multi-system effort and move a single agenda.
Research, grant writing and reporting experience.
Finance and budgeting experience.
Strong written and verbal communication skills.
Demonstrated ability to work with a wide range of sensitive and confidential issues and communicate effectively with a diverse population.
Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s Degree preferred.

Compensation and Hours:

100% time, typically Monday through Friday, 8 hours per day
Staff are eligible for benefits from the City of Minneapolis
Anticipated start date – February 1, 2017


To Apply:

Submit a cover letter and resume by Tuesday December 20 to Ann DeGroot, Executive Director, Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board, 330 – 2nd Avenue S – Suite 540, Minneapolis, MN  55401.  ycb@ci.minneapolis.mn.us

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