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Extension is expanding its online education and resources to adapt to COVID-19 restrictions.

Working with youth

Building understanding and confidence in your youth work is critical to ensuring partnerships with financial stakeholders are healthy and mutually beneficial.
Volunteers are critical to many youth-serving organizations. Middle-management volunteers direct other volunteers or assume primary responsibility for a specific part of a program. Learn how to cultivate volunteers to serve in these important roles.
Is it always better to work in teams? What gets in the way of productive teams? Working in teams can be beneficial, however may also have some drawbacks. Learn key elements to explore when launching and building effective teams.
Participants explore how young people learn, what causes them to disengage from learning, and specific strategies for ensuring that the learning environment and the teaching itself is effective and engaging. 
Shift to a positive youth development approach to behavior management. Learn both how to prevent many behavior issues and strategies for when things don't go as planned.
Different from lesson or event planning, program planning takes a big-picture look at the youth needs and assets of a community to make decisions about how a youth program can address those needs.

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