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

Leadership Matters: The online course

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Online course


Amber Shanahan, Extension educator

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 5 hours/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., which will be recorded.

Participants must purchase the book, Strengths Based Leadership 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 assessment code has not been used.)

Participants 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.


$100 (discounts available for organizations that enroll four or more staff)


Registration is required; payment accepted by credit card only (no POs or invoices). Discounts available for organizations that register four or more staff members and for UM Extension CYD staff (email cyd@umn.edu for more information). Registration will close on March 29 or when class capacity is reached. Participants must purchase the book, "Strengths Based Leadership" (available in bookstores and online retailers) before the class begins and complete the Strengths Finder assessment by April 2.

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