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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Professional development opportunities

Youth Development Conference: Exploring the impact of physical fitness and sports in Healthy Out-of-School-Time programs

April 21, 20178:30 am - 3:30 pm
University of Minnesota Recreation and Wellness Center123 SE Harvard St., Minneapolis MN 55455

$65 Admission / $20 StudentIncludes a Box Lunch from French Meadows • Student Discount Code: Student (ID required at check-in)
Extension Center for Youth Development's Kate Walker and Margo Herman will be presenting on staff SEL skills.
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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.

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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

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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

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