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Friday, June 9, 2017

Explore the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) training suite

Youth programs can effectively and intentionally support SEL through equipping staff, paying attention to learning environments, designing impactful learning experiences and using data to improve practices. Our SEL training suite will help you design programs to support SEL, recognize and respond to unexpected opportunities to learn and practice SEL skills and apply resources and activities from our SEL toolkit.
  • SEL in Practice is our foundation workshop. Participants will develop strategies to introduce SEL opportunities and growth into their program.
    Save the date on Sept. 7!
  • Mapping SEL in Youth Programs helps program teams to develop a deeper understanding of how their existing program aligns with SEL skill building. It's about program design.
    Save the date on Sept. 22!
  • Responsive Practices to Support SEL is about responding to unplanned situations, integrating cultural responsiveness and supporting SEL through unexpected conversations and challenges.
    Save the date on Oct. 4!
Contact Kate Walker to request or learn more about these workshops.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Safe spaces matter more than labels for LGBT youth

In this month's Youth Development Insight blog post, Joe Rand discusses the meaning and importance of terms and acronyms we use to label LGBT youth.

In grad school, I often heard the term "queer" used to describe LGBT youth—without any negative connotation, just as a neutral term. I also have vivid memories from my younger days of being called queer as an insult.

So when this word is used to describe the community I belong to, it often often trips me up. Furthermore, in my rural context, "queer" is not a term that has been effective or comfortable, compared with terms like LGBT, gay or lesbian.

Join the conversation!

New podcast: The relationship between youth program quality and Social and Emotional Learning

Margo Herman, Extension educator

Margo examines the relationship between youth program quality improvement and intentional efforts around program design - all to support the development of social and emotional skills. Margo defines and gives examples of youth program quality and social and emotional learning (SEL) in order to understand the distinction between the two and how they can support each other.

Listen to the podcast.
More about SEL
Listen to the podcast series.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Professional development opportunities

Registration is now open for June restorative practices in schools

Register now for the Restorative Practices in Schools training scheduled for Monday, June 19 to Friday, June 23 at Forest Elementary School in Crystal.

The Minnesota Department of Education School Safety Technical Assistance Center is partnering with the Legal Rights Center and Robbinsdale Area Schools to offer the trainings. The sessions are open to anyone who works with youth, including school administrators, school board members, teachers, educational aides, school resource officers, school facilities staff members, student support staff members, school volunteers, family members and community partners. Individuals as well as groups can register for nine different workshops and a Circle Networking Day. CEU’s and administrative CEU’s are offered for all sessions. Participants can choose from sessions ranging from introductory level to advanced level.

If you have questions about the registration, please contact Izy McClure, 612-677-2142.

Contact Nancy Riestenberg, 651-582-8433, to request a reasonable accommodation to participate in this event. 

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

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.

For more information, go to

Community job openings

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities are hiring for 30+ positions.


YouthLink is currently hiring for an Americorps Employment VISTA and Americorps Education VISTA positions!  


Ramsey County is hiring a child protection worker


Search Institute is hiring a project director


CEHD Student Services in conjunction with the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD) is hiring a new academic advisor/senior academic advisor 

The job opening ID is 317576.  Please go to and choose "More Options" under the Keywords search bar.  

2 positions open at Urban Boatbuilders

Urban Boatbuilders, a local youth development nonprofit that employs wooden boatbuilding as a medium for empowering Twin Cities youth, is hiring two VISTA positions!

They have two positions opening-up at the end of July for a volunteer and communications VISTA and a development and outreach VISTA. These are both AmeriCorps VISTA positions. More extensive details and information on how to apply can be found on the website.

If you have any questions about the positions contact: or 651-644-9225. 

Asian American Organizing Project is hiring a youth coordinator intern 


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