University of Minnesota Extension
Menu Menu

Extension > Center for Youth Development Update

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Slides and summary are available from Getting Intentional about SEL

At our capstone to the social and emotional learning symposium series on Feb. 9, Dr. Dale Blyth offered reflections on the opportunities and challenges of improving social and emotional learning both within and beyond the classroom. A panel shared current Minnesota efforts to grow and support social and emotional learning. Finally, in World Café conversations, participants came up with ideas for moving forward and supporting social and emotional learning for youth and the adults working with them.

Slides from Dr. Blyth's presentation and a summary of the full symposium are available on the symposium web page

The video recording of Dr. Blyth's presentation will be posted on the website soon.

For LGBT youth, safe spaces can be hard to find

In this week's Youth Development Insight blog post, Joe Rand discusses how access to safe spaces is a crucial part of development and exploring self-identity for adolescents. For youth programs, this is a fundamental concern. Only when youth feel emotionally and physically safe are they able to present themselves in an authentic way and engage in positive development. Without that authenticity, true development cannot take place. What do you think? Join the conversation!

Register for our upcoming training opportunities!

Program Planning + Volunteer Systems = Opportunities for Youth

March 8, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

Learn about delivering meaningful youth development programs and share steps and tips to apply to any youth or community organization.

Responsive Practices to Support Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) - Pilot!

April 13, 9 a.m. - noon in St. Paul

This new workshop is about responding to unplanned opportunities, integrating cultural responsiveness, and supporting SEL when working with youth. Participants will talk about cultural values and preferences, role-play different scenarios, explore SEL related dilemmas and reflect on their programs. Email Kate Walker to sign up and learn more.

Culturally Responsive Youth Work Matters

April 25, 9 a.m. - noon in Faribault
April 26, 9 a.m. - noon in Minneapolis (This class is full. Contact Colleen Byrne to be placed on the waiting list.)

This class examines the creation of inclusive youth programs. Participants will explore cultural identities and examine how they affect interactions with youth. 

Creating Partnerships with Tribal Nations

May 10, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

Are you interested in collaborating with reservations or American Indian programs and organizations?  This webinar will focus on the barriers and strategies for creating partnerships with tribal nations.

Professional development opportunities

Use code "GUEST" to attend YIPA's Building Resilience in Young Social Justice Champions tomorrow for free!

March 3, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Brooklyn Park

Develop strategies for creating the safe spaces that youth must have if they are to be successful advocates for change. This includes learning to identify structural barriers and personal biases that cause youth to fail, as well as strategies for listening to young people rather than talking at them.

Learn more and register

Educational Equity in Action: A statewide convening at the University of Minnesota

June 20-21, Minneapolis

This year's theme is Working Across Schools and Communities to Enhance Social Emotional Learning. University of Minnesota faculty, school, community, and youth leaders will present the latest research and programs that are making a difference in the lives of children and youth across the state.
Explore the impact of chronic trauma on youth with a special focus on American Indian students.

Learn more and register

Announcing A New Foundational Series For Youth Workers From The University Of Minnesota!

The Youth Work Learning Lab is launching a new core training series called Youth Work in Community.  The series was designed for youth workers and other related practitioners who want to explore the foundational knowledge, theory and practices that set youth work in community apart from other disciplines.  It was created for newer staff who are serious about making youth work their vocational choice.  It was also created for those who have been practicing youth work for a while and are ready to dive into a more formal and reflective space with other youth workers. There are eight classes on different topics, each running for two 3-hour sessions.  

The coursework is designed for maximum flexibility.

  • The Youth Work Learning Lab will offer the eight core classes 1-2 times per year.   
  • You can enroll in one, two or up to all eight of the classes - your choice.
  • When you complete all eight classes, you receive a certificate of completion signifying you have successfully completed 48 hours of University of Minnesota coursework.
  • For those interested, you can pay an additional fee and the coursework can be transferred into college credit within the Youth Studies Department at the U of MN.  It can add to your credit load or start you on a pathway to a new degree.
  • The fee for each 6 -hour course is $100. All classes are on the St. Paul campus.


Join us for Lessons from the Field: Meeting the Needs of Our Transgender Youth, featuring CYFC's resident visiting scholar, Jenifer McGuire, Ph.D.

This year Children, Youth & Family Consortium is hosting regional events for parents, educators, and professionals who work with families and youth beginning in January 2017. Topics covered include:
  • Challenges that face rural and urban transgender youth and families.
  • Definitions and vocabulary about transgender youth, including how terms show up in everyday interactions.
  • Standards of practice for professionals who work with transgender youth.
  • The stages of development for transgender youth, as well as how the medical system and mental health community care for them.
  • How communities can support families and families can support their transgender youth.
  • Nutrition and body image for transitioning youth.
  • Mental health as a public health issue.

Registration is required but attendance is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided for those attending the full day. Continuing Education Units are available for social workers.
  • Morris: April 25
  • St. Cloud: May 2
  • UROC: Feb. 28
  • Rochester: May 15

Learn more and register

National Youth Leadership Training

July 23 – 29
Audubon Center
54165 Audubon Rd
Sandstone, MN 55072

The National Youth Leadership Training, a seven-day immersive leadership camp, activates young people to address today’s most pressing challenges and create impactful change.

What You Do at NYLT:

  • Stay Engaged in meaningful activities.
  • Experience Discomfort by pushing your boundaries, from a ropes course to difficult conversations about power and privilege.
  • Speak Your Truth about your own story and recognize the knowledge and expertise you already have.
  • Listen Generously to different perspectives and personal experiences.

What You Get from NYLT:

  • The ability to work together with people of all backgrounds.
  • Allies to support your leadership development and service-learning action plan.
  • The tools and knowledge to create equitable change in your community.
  • Motivation to take action for the common good.
  • This leadership opportunity is open to both youth and adults. Adult partners are invited to join their team the final three days of the training.

For more information, go to
Application deadline: March 31, 2017

Community job openings

YMCA Beacons Programs are Hiring!

YMCA Beacons/School Success programs are a collaborative initiative between schools, community, and families with the mission to improve academic, social, and lifework development of youth in low-income communities. Learn more.

For questions, contact Alyson Gagner (Mohan-Lucas)

Camp Fire Minnesota is hiring!
  • Camp Programs Manager
  • Club Outreach Coordinator
  • Youth/Teen Nature-based Program Leader
  • Summer Camp

The Science Museum of Minnesota is hiring!
  • KAYSC Crew 1 & 3
  • STEM Justice Intern

University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development has approximately 60 4-H Youth Development summer internship positions available throughout the state for the summer of 2017.
  • © Regents of the University of Minnesota. All rights reserved.
  • The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer. Privacy