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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Help inform our Equity and Youth Development series

The Extension Center for Youth Development's next 3‑year public symposium series will focus on exploring and supporting equity within Minnesota’s youth development programs. We have engaged an equity-focused creative strategy firm, Imagine Deliver, to help us (re)imagine and design what a series on this complex, important and emerging topic looks like.

In July we hosted a discovery day to capture insights from a diverse group of community stakeholders and young people. We learned things like 1) to encourage more youth to attend these events we should hold them on school release days, 2) we need to amplify practice-based expertise, and 3) we need to be transparent about how we are operationalizing equity within our own 4-H program.

Now we'd like to hear from you! What should this series look and feel like? Who and what do you want to learn from and about? What is something you wish you could say, ask, or talk about in your organization, but feel you can't? Please take less than 5 minutes to share your thoughtful and creative ideas here

Thank you for lending your valuable time, candid perspective and best thinking to shape our next series.

Register now for our SEL training suite

SEL in Practice is our foundation workshop and we recommend taking it first. We introduce our Ways of Being model and four strategies to intentionally support SEL: 1) equip staff, 2) create the learning environments, 3) design impactful learning experiences and 4) use data for improvement. Take this class on Sept. 7.

If you want to dig into how your program design supports SEL, register a small team for Mapping SEL in Youth Programs. You'll walk away with a visual tool to help you explain to stakeholders how and why your program supports SEL. Take this class on Sept. 22.

If you want to hone your ability to respond in the moment to SEL skill-building opportunities, sign up for Responsive Practices to Support SEL. In this interactive workshop you will explore cultural values and preferences, role-play different scenarios, dig into SEL-related dilemmas. Take this class on Oct. 4.

All three trainings build on and apply resources and activities from our free SEL toolkit.

How to connect with young people through books


In this month's Youth Development Insight blog post, Sam Granttalks about her experience connecting with youth through books. Literature is a way for you to learn more about the realities of young people in your program. Do you know what it’s like to be an African American 12-year-old? How about a Native American 6-year-old? Reading about youth with different life experiences helps broaden perspectives.

What books would you recommend to other youth workers?

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