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Extension > Center for Youth Development Update > May 2017

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
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