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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. 


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.


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

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.


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.


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: or 651-644-9225. 

Youth coordinator intern for the Asian American Organizing Project

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

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. 
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