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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 worker 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.

Center for Youth Development

We support youth development programs and families across the state. 

Children, Youth & Family Consortium

We bridge research and practice to promote mental well-being and health in children, youth and families.

Youth development curriculum library

Individual lessons and curricula on social and emotional skills, healthy living, college readiness, STEM and more.

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 and violence

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.

Success in school research

Our research and evaluation about success in schools.

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.


illustration of graduate with diploma and 4-H clover

Congratulations to the 2021 Minnesota 4-H scholarship recipients! These 14 outstanding 4-H youth and alumni across Minnesota stood out among approximately 110 applications.

Sesame Street coming together poster

All kids need a strong individual and group identity, but racism hurts the healthy development of both. The Military Families Learning Network collaborated with Sesame Street to introduce military family service providers to new resources.

Kids in front of a table of food and a sign that says Kimball Area Food Shelf Entrance

“I pledge my hands to larger service..” is not just the 4-H pledge but a practice Minnesota 4-H youth integrate with their daily lives. Thanks to special funding from Compeer Financial, youth across the state partnered with local food shelves and nutrition organizations to support neighbors in need.

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