Jessica is an associate Extension professor with Extension Youth Development. She leads program growth and innovation in the central region of Minnesota, with an emphasis on building the capacity of staff and volunteers to conduct and lead local program planning in communities with high concentrations of diversity. Jessica is also principal investigator for the Minnesota Urban Youth Lead 4-H Mentoring Program, a grant from National 4-H and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Jessica is a certified language arts teacher and a naturalist and has worked with youth in public, private and alternative schools, in both formal and nonformal settings across the US since 1997.
Academic degrees and experience
- M.Ed. in youth development leadership from the University of Minnesota with an emphasis on racial reconciliation and experiential education.
- B.A. in education and secondary education from West Virginia University.
Skuza, J.A. & Russo, J.P. (2018). WeConnect: A global youth citizenship curriculum (2nd ed.). St. Paul, MN: University of Minnesota.
Skuza, J., Russo, J., Meyer, R. (2018). A field guide to program planning in youth development. University of Minnesota Extension: St. Paul, MN.
Landrieu, J., & Russo, J.P. (2014). “The What, How, and Why of 21st Century Urban Youth Development.” Reclaiming Children and Youth, 23.3, 48-52.
Russo, J.P. (2012). “Big urban woods 4-H club.” In Ripberger, c., & Blalock, L. B. 4-H science in urban communities promising practices guide.
Skuza, J., & Russo, J. (2008). Capturing youth voice to assess learning in urban youth development programs. Journal of Youth Development 2 (3).
Skuza, J., Russo, J., Gates, E., Kawase, M. (2007). Urban youth lead: Becoming the authors of their lives. St. Paul: Regents of the University of Minnesota.
Urban Youth Development Office, St. Paul
Reviewed in 2019