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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

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

Feb. 9, 2017
9 a.m. - 12 noon
Free, but registration is required

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 Café 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 to attend in-person or by webinar

Announcing a new, free online resource to support social and emotional learning (SEL)

Social and Emotional Learning in Practice: A Toolkit of Practical Strategies and Resources includes activities, templates and tools to help support staff and youth in social and emotional learning. It is organized around the “Ways of Being” model, and was developed as a companion to the 3-hour training, Social and Emotional Learning in Practice. It is designed primarily for those working with youth in middle school, but with small changes the activities can be
used for other age groups as well.

Learn more!

What does it mean to make a difference?

In the latest Youth Development Insight blog post, Karyn Santl talks about how the number and intensity of high-quality relationships in young people’s lives is linked to a broad range of positive outcomes. How do you contribute to these positive outcomes? Join the conversation!

Register for our upcoming training opportunities!

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

Program Planning + Volunteer Systems = Opportunities for Youth
March 8, 2017

Mapping SEL in Youth Programs
March 16, 2017

Creating Partnerships with Tribal Nations
May 10, 2017

Professional development opportunities

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.

What is the series about?

There are eight classes on different topics, each running for two 3-hour sessions.  Topics cover a breadth of ideas that will give practitioners solid grounding in some of the more critical history and concepts that youth work draws from when in diverse community contexts.  The learning design for each session will use conversation, reading, and practice applications, all to support not only new knowledge, but connection and application to your everyday practice.

Series topics

  • Youth Work in Community
  • Youth Work in Community Practices
  • Professional Identity in Youth Work
  • Understanding Youth in their Community Contexts
  • History and Ethics of Youth Work in Community
  • Everyday Lives of Youth
  • Participatory Program Design
  • Youth Program Evaluation
How do classes work?

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.
How do I register?

The first four courses of the 2017 series will run each month, starting in February – May 2017.  Each class is available for single registration.  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

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
  • 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.

Minneapolis Park & Rec are hiring a Youth Program Specialist! Full time, salary $42K-64K.

Minneapolis Kids is hiring!
They have Site Coordinator positions, which are full-time positions that start at $18-$19/hour, and Child Care Assistant positions. which are part-time positions in early mornings and afternoons. Search their postings - be sure and search 'Minneapolis Kids Site Coordinator' or 'Minneapolis Kids Child Care Assistant.'

AVENUES for Homeless Youth is hiring a Program Manager. Details.

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Roseville, MN, is hiring a Youth Director!
They want someone to work with our 7-12 graders on Wednesday evenings and Sunday
mornings plus a few special events and summer trips.  ($15/hour to start) Further details.

Voyager Outward Bound School has a number of positions open at both their St Paul and Ely locations. Great experiential learning and youth work! Further details.

The Institute on Community Integration [ICI] is hiring a 100% Abstractor to participate in and support a federally funded public health surveillance program, the CDC ADDM Network, focused on monitoring of autism spectrum disorder. Further details.

Hiawatha Academies in Mpls is hiring a Social Worker! Further details.
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