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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.

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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
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