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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Save the date for the kickoff to our Equity and Youth Development series on Monday, Feb. 19

We have invited scholar-activist and practitioner Torie Weiston-Serdan to join us. As a practitioner, Torie has extensive experience working with community-based organizations in support of their youth advocacy efforts, specializing in training mentors to work with diverse youth populations; i.e., Black, Latinx, LGBTQQ, first generation college students and low income youth. As a scholar, she examines how marginalized and minoritized youth are served by youth development and mentoring programs and is the author of Critical Mentoring: A Practical Guide.

Learn over lunch with our Youth Development Brown Bag Webinar Series

Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017
Gain an understanding of bullying prevention strategies useful for all ages and stages of youth in out-of-school programs.

Safe spaces for rural LGBT youth

Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018

Focuses on the need for safe spaces for LGBT youth, our unique ability to provide those spaces within positive youth development programs and interviews with youth themselves.

Help inform professional development for Minnesota's youth workers

If you are a youth work worker in Minnesota, please take the time to fill out this 15 minute survey. Your participation will contribute information that will help fill the geographic and content gaps in professional development for youth works. You will also be entered for one of four Amazon gift cards!

2018 training schedule

Jan. 16 - Feb. 7

Create resources and learn skills to help you work with young people. Online activities include 3 webinars and self-paced learning.

Feb. 19 - March 26

This online class explores supervision and leadership issues in youth work organizations. Online activities include 3 webinars and self-paced learning.

Community job openings

TPT, Twin Cities Public Television is hiring an Educational Outreach Manager

This is an opportunity to be part of a great team, doing valuable community-oriented work for educational equity for underserved kids in grades K-2, focusing on science and literacy.


The University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development Extension is recruiting Extension educators
  • Extension Educator- Youth Development, Southwest MN, Job Opening ID 319219.
  • Extension Educator- Youth Development, Southeast MN, Job Opening ID 319287.
Required qualifications

Education: A completed Master’s degree at time of appointment is required.  A strong preference for formal education with a significant course work in a discipline or program related to working with youth and program development and implementation. 

Experience: At least two years of post-bachelor degree professional experience in youth development field required. Examples include: Cooperative Extension; elementary, secondary, or post-secondary education; national or community-based youth organizations or foundations.  Professional experience must include responsibility for educational program development, design, delivery, and evaluation. 

YWCA Minneapolis is hiring a Contact Plus Youth Counselor (Full Time)


YWCA St. Paul is hiring a Children's Program Coordinator


Professional development opportunities

The Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children (MnAEYC) and the Minnesota School-Age Care Alliance (MnSACA) presents:

School-Age Leadership Journey Series

This series is a cohort learning model for afterschool program staff in supervisory/leadership positions, and other program leaders who are looking to advance their career. It includes a combination of trainings and Communities of Practice (COPs). Both the trainings and COPs will be interactive and relevant, designed to match your current professional development needs and goals.

Learn more and register


School-Age Super Saturday on Nov. 4 

An engaging professional development event designed specifically for staff working in school-age care/afterschool and summer programs to deepen their knowledge and skills in providing high-quality youth development opportunities.  Open to everyone who works with children and youth in out of school time.  

Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017

8:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Discovery Elementary School
301 2nd Ave. NE

Buffalo, MN 55313

Registration is open now!

Register for these classes at the Youth Work Learning Lab - University of Minnesota

All classes are held in St. Paul.


  • Tell Me Your World:  The Daily Lives of Young People
    Oct. 20 & 27, 2017, 9 a.m. - Noon
  • Youth Program Quality Assessment (YPQA) Basics
    Dec. 15, 2017 - 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • YPQA Reliability for the External Assessor
    Jan. 30-31, 2018 - 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

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