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Leadership Matters: The online course

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Online course


Carrie Olson, Extension educator
olson166@umn.edu or 320-589-1711

Amber Shanhan, Extension educator
shanahan@umn.edu or 651-480-7788

Kari Robideau, associate Extension professor
robideau@umn.edu or 218-236-2013

This online class explores supervision and leadership issues in youth work organizations. Online activities include synchronized group time and self-paced learning.

Over the course of a month, participants can expect to spend an average of five hours per week, up to 20 hours total. Setting aside time for online work is required to have the full professional development experience.

Each week a new set of modules will be available and open 24 hours a day. Although the activities in each module (prerecorded presentation, discussion boards, readings, etc.) can be completed on your own time, it is expected that all participants keep up with the content for the appropriate week.

There are also opportunities to learn together as a group during three live webinars on April 7, 14 and 21 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. CST. 


Week 1 - March 28-April 3: Introduction
Week 2 -April 4-10: Module 1 (webinar #1 on Thursday, April 7 at 9:30 a.m.)
Week 3 - April 11-17: Module 2 (webinar #2 on Thursday, April 14 at 9:30 a.m.)
Week 4 - April 18-24: Module 3 (webinar #3 on Thursday, April 21 at 9:30 a.m.)


Participants must purchase the book, Strengths Based Leadership (available in bookstores and online retailers) and complete the Strengths Finder assessment before the class begins. 

This is a key portion of the course, not optional. The book comes with a code for taking an online assessment. The code can be used only once. Do not purchase a used copy of the book unless you know the assessment code has not been used.

You can expect to

  • Develop your supervision practice.
  • Assess your management and supervision style.
  • Engage in conflict management and team strengths learning.
  • Participate in live webinars.
  • Engage in discussion boards with other youth workers.
  • Explore articles, videos and websites.


Supervisors and youth workers who supervise or mentor frontline youth workers.



Group rates are available.

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