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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

Professional development opportunities


Youth in Their Community Contexts 

May 11 & 18, 9 a.m. - noon

U of MN St. Paul Campus Peters Hall - Room 5  

Everyone comes from a variety of different communities.  Understanding the worlds that young people belong to and are influenced by will help us gain a better perspective of their everyday lives.  This knowledge allows us to build deeper connections with youth and community members.  During this workshop, we will dive into the theory of community youth development and critically think about the influences that the community has on its youth, as well as the resources it has to offer.  We will explore strong qualities of community programs and practical strategies to become better community builders. 

Register



How Youth Work and Improv Play Together

May 19, 9 a.m. - noon

U of MN St. Paul Campus Peters Hall - Room 5  

Every youth worker has experienced a day with a group of young people that is not working.  Part of the challenge is to find ways to adapt and be flexible in the moment and at the same time inspire young people to find meaning in the work we hope to do each day.  The world of theater and improv has a set of practices that are highly effective in creating space that is open, creative and adaptive.  Work with others to explore some of the practices that can translate easily into your daily work with young people.

Register



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




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.
  • 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.

For more information, go to https://nylc.org/nylt/
Contact: info@nylc.org


Community job openings

Internship with the University of MN Extension (Health & Nutrition) and the Boys and Girls Club Southside Village

Candidates should have experience and/or interest working with youth of color.
Students at the U may be eligible for a stipend for their work in the summer through the Great Lakes Grant Program.

Description
Application


VISTA for St Paul Public Libraries and Arlington Hills Community Center 

These two organizations are currently recruiting for a 2017-2018 VISTA who is interested in a position with the library that focuses on building capacity for youth leadership.

Details

If you have any questions, contact Cathleen Carris.


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. 


Youth coordinator intern for the Asian American Organizing Project

Asian American Organizing Project, a non-profit organization is hiring! 
Details


Volunteer at Camp Odayin

Camp Odayin is the premier camp in the Midwest specifically for children with heart disease. Our mission is based on a holistic approach to healing hearts, a desire to nurture and develop independence, confidence, and acceptance throughout our camper’s lives, the importance of a sense of community among our heart family, and an emphasis on having fun and celebrating life! 

This medically-supervised camp experiences in Minnesota and Wisconsin only cost $25 for campers, thanks in part to the generous counselors, nurses and physicians who volunteer their time.

The staff application for our 2017 Residential Camp and Day Camp programs is now available - apply by May 15.

2017 Sessions
Residential Camp:
July 10-14 (grades 1-6) Crosslake, MN
July 17-21 (grades 6-8) Crosslake, MN
July 24-28 (grades 9-11) Crosslake, MN
July 31-August 4 (grades 1-11) Elkhorn, WI 
Day Camp (9:00am-3:00pm):
August 7-11 (K-3) West St. Paul, MN
Apply online and access the complete job description. 

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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