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Amber Shanahan

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Amber Shanahan

Amber Shanahan has been with Extension Youth Development since 2012. Her research is focused on staff development within a youth development context through the development, delivery and evaluation of cohort training models that support staff. She shares YD supervisory and leadership research and best practices through the Strengthening Youth Work Supervision course. She also leads the 4-H Youth Teaching Youth program, developing cross-age teaching programs and curricula that support social and emotional learning. 

Before joining Minnesota Extension, Amber worked with youth outdoor education programming at the Chill Foundation in Chicago and Vermont, and with the Aspen Youth Experience in Colorado.

Academic degrees and experience

Selected publications

Shanahan, A. and Sheehan, T. (2020). Creating Community Through Cohort Learning: A Training Model for Youth Development Professionals. Journal of Youth Development, Vol. 15, No. 1.

Shanahan, A. (2018). Take action with action learning: A valuable practice for navigating change. Journal of Extension, 56(4), Article 4TOT6. 

Shanahan, A.  (2015). The relationship between cross-age teaching and social & emotional learning. University of Minnesota Extension Youth Development issue brief.


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Reviewed in 2022

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