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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 https://nylc.org/nylt/
Contact: info@nylc.org


Community job openings

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

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

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Ramsey County is hiring a child protection worker

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Search Institute is hiring a project director

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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 employment.umn.edu 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: hr@urbanboatbuilders.org or 651-644-9225. 


Asian American Organizing Project is hiring a youth coordinator intern 

Details


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Video is now available for February's symposium


Were you unable to attend Getting Intentional about SEL: Promise, Progress, and Priorities?  Now you can watch the highlights from home! 

Watch 10 short clips from the symposium.

How to shatter the stereotypes that hold back Somali youth


Before you read this blog post, type “Somali youth Minnesota” into your Google search engine. Take a look at the stories that populate and see if you see a pattern. What did you notice? 

In this month's Youth Development Insight blog post, Joanna Tzenis talks about issues that are hindering the positive development of Somali American youth in Minnesota. Join the conversation!

Have you listened to our 2 latest podcasts yet?


For LGBT youth, safe spaces can be hard to find

For LGBT youth, access to safe spaces is a crucial part of development and exploring self-identity. Joe Rand, Extension educator, discusses why this is a fundamental concern for youth programs. 

Listen to the podcast.

Support volunteer motivation with technology

Molly Frendo, Extension educator for distance learning technology, discusses research and best practices for using technology when communicating with volunteers.

Listen to the podcast.

Minnesota Department of Education is seeking applications for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant program


Funding is available to establish, sustain and expand community learning centers in order to provide students, particularly those who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools, with high quality programs for supporting the whole child. The focus of the funds is for programming offered primarily during non-school hours, including before school, after school, evenings, school release days, and summer.

Please visit the Grant Opportunity webpage and scroll down to this grant opportunity for the application documents. The application must be received by June 1.

Contact Eric Billiet at  for further information.

Special JYD issue on practitioner inquiry


This special issue in the Journal of Youth Development (JYD) bridges the research-practice divide with scholarship produced by and for youth work practitioners. The authors featured in this issue were part of the NorthStar Youth Worker Fellowship, a community-based effort to strengthen youth worker voice and support youth workers in organizational and community leadership roles. Lindsay Walz of Courageous heARTS and Hayley Tompkins of Minneapolis Beacons/YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities served as guest editors.

Register for our upcoming training opportunities!


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.


Save the date for the Northeast regional forum!
Oct. 5, 9 a.m. - noon, Grand Rapids

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Youth work self studies are now available for free!


The following training opportunities include 3-6 hours of individual online learning.

Dilemmas in Youth Work Online: A self-study
Explores research on the dilemmas of youth work. Participants examine, discuss, and respond to these situations, and develop youth-centered strategies for addressing dilemmas in their own work that better meet the developmental needs of youth.

Youth Engagement Matters Online: A self-study
Explores a research framework, Rings of Engagement, which outlines four types of youth engagement and youth-adult partnerships.

Youth Work Matters Online: A self-study
Explores the foundational research and theories of positive youth development and applies course content to participants’ work with youth.

Listen to our latest podcasts!


Getting Intentional About SEL

Kate Walker, associate Extension professor

Social and emotional learning (SEL) includes learning to be aware of and manage emotions, work well with others, and work hard when faced with challenges. Youth programs develop SEL skills by creating opportunities for young people to engage in real-world projects, work in teams, take on meaningful roles, face challenges and experience the emotional ups and downs that come along the way. Kate Walker discusses a free online SEL toolkit that includes activities, templates and tools organized around four ways to help support staff and youth in SEL.

Listen to the podcast.
Read the blog post.

We can prepare youth for college, but not in the way you think!

Joanna Tzenis, Extension educator

"College prep" programs make an effort to instill in youth the desire to go to college and the hard skills to qualify, but it's not enough. They leave out something important - the young person, so many marginalized young people are still not ending up with degrees. Joanna discusses ways they include research around aspirations, future orientation, and social inequalities into the 4-H campus immersion program design.

Listen to the podcast.
Read the blog post.

Top 10 things you need to know about the Journal of Youth Development


In this week's Youth Development Insight blog post, Kate Walker talks about being the new editor of the Journal of Youth Development (JYD), which is dedicated to advancing youth development practice and research. JYD fills a critical niche as a place for relevant and useful studies about and for those working with and on behalf of young people. She is seeking articles that feature applied research that can inform practice, useful evaluation strategies to improve programs for youth, and promising programs that have insights for others. Learn about the top 10 things you need to know!

Online videography adventure for middle schoolers


Learn how to make movies like a pro

This is an online learning opportunity for Minnesota youth in grade 5-8 / age 10-14. It is created by the University of Minnesota and open to any youth who like making videos. Participants can win prizes for completing each of the three levels of learning and scholarships are available. 

A limited number of spots are open in the session that starts this Friday, April 7. Please pass this along via your networks to any youth who might be interested.

For more information: z.umn.edu/4hbetterworld

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!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

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!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Check out the new Journal of Youth Development


With the start of 2017, our own Kate Walker is the new editor of the Journal of Youth Development (JYD), an open-source, peer-reviewed, quarterly online publication dedicated to advancing youth development practice and research. JYD serves applied researchers and evaluators as well as practitioners who work in youth-serving organizations or the intermediaries that support them. Enroll as a JYD reader, reviewer and author at jyd.pitt.edu, and follow JYD on Facebook and Twitter (@JournalYouthDev).

Listen to our latest podcasts!


Our new podcast series features Center for Youth Development staff discussing research and best practices in youth development. 


Sam Grant shares her thoughts on the four ways we mess up storytelling: (1) we make the story about our organization, (2) we want the story to be perfect, (3) we have the story but nothing to back it up, and (4) we try to appeal to emotions and end up victimizing our customers.


Do you ever hear this complaint from local leaders: "There are no young people stepping forward to replace me on this committee!"? They seem frustrated that they can't leave a community committee because there's no one to replace them. Brian McNeill discusses, is there really a leadership gap, and if so, why?
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