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Families and youth

Working with youth

Building high-quality youth programs

Essential elements and effective practices you can use to build your program.

Youth development training

For adults who work with and on behalf of Minnesota's young people.

Youth Development Insight blog

Advice and opinions from our faculty on current events and issues.

Youth Development Podcast

Our faculty discuss research, theory and best practices.

Department of Youth Development

We support youth development programs and families across the state. 

Youth development curriculum library

Individual lessons and curricula on a variety of topics, such as gardening and agriculture, social and emotional skills, healthy living, college readiness, and STEM.

Tough topics with kids

Alcohol, tobacco and drugs

Advice on teen parties, talking with your teen about substance use including alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, and dealing with the "everybody's doing it" attitude.

Changing relationships

Learn about how to talk with young people about some of the challenging moments in their adolescent years.

Bullying, violence and suicide

Information on bullying, school violence, and more.

Teens online and social media use

Understand the role of social media in your teen’s life. And help them use it wisely.

Success in school

School transitions

Resources to help you help your child through a school transition.

Supporting learning

Provide positive and constructive learning experiences for children outside of school.

Parent-school partnerships

Meaningful dialogue between parents and teachers creates mutual understanding and enhances both parents’ and children’s experiences with school.

Child and adolescent development

Child development

Learn to make informed decisions about what's best for your children.

Teen development

Learn about the biological and physical changes, social and emotional changes, teen brain development of teens and more.


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