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University of Minnesota Extension

Families and youth

University of Minnesota Extension works across the lifespan. We create and support positive non-formal learning opportunities for youth. We foster resilient, healthy and secure futures for families and seniors. Extension works with Minnesotans to make informed decisions leading to better health and well-being.


Encouraging positive behavior

Strengthen your relationship with your children.


It's important for parents and caregivers to identify and prevent overindulgence in their homes.

Communication and screen time

Get resources and tips about how to communicate with your children about technology.

Divorce and other family transitions

Find resources and information about the impact of family transitions including divorce or separation, change in employment, families experiencing parental incarceration, and the cycle of deployment affecting military families.

Teen Talk Fact Sheet series

A series of fact sheets for parents of teenagers focusing on parent-teen communication about challenging topics.

Tough topics with kids

Alcohol, tobacco and drugs

Advice on teen parties, talking with your teen about substance use, 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.

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.

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.


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.

Youth development programs


We provide research-based training and resources for adults who work with and on behalf of Minnesota's young people.


We conduct and share out-of-school time research to address important issues related to the field of youth development.

What is youth development?

Our educational programs for youth work professionals and volunteers provide the latest research on youth development and practical ways to apply it to your program.

Youth Development Insight blog

Faculty views on what's happening in the field of youth development, with an eye to evidence-based research.

Minnesota 4-H

We run the Minnesota 4-H program.

Podcast series

Youth workers discuss research, theory and best practices. Topics include: youth programs, youth issues, volunteer development, cultural diversity and social and emotional learning.

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