Youth development brown bag webinars
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University of Minnesota Extension and North Dakota State University Extension have partnered to offer the youth development brown bag webinar series since 2010. The purpose is to provide research-based information on hot topics, trends and program ideas for youth workers over the lunch hour.
These free webinars provide:
Professional development opportunities without the cost and travel.
Opportunities for participants to ask questions and get answers in real-time.
Guided, interactive discussions, questions, and polls for sharing and applying the information to participants' work.
This year's webinar series has a special focus on volunteer development in youth programs.
Past webinars by category
Relationships, Role Models and Rural LGBT Youth
Joe Rand, Extension educator
Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018
LGBT youth living in rural areas have very few safe spaces for real interaction and self-identification. This makes their journey through sexual identification and "coming out" to family, friends and community more difficult.
In this webinar, Joseph Rand
shares research on rural Minnesota LGBT youth and their involvement in a GSA (Genders and Sexualities Alliance) and
provides suggestions for rural communities to provide safe spaces in their youth programs and schools.
Also in the webinar, a youth panel shares their stories and answers questions.
Creating Partnerships with Tribal Nations
Kyra Paitrick and Dana Trickey, 4-H community program coordinators, Center for Youth Development, University of Minnesota Extension
May 10, 2017
This webinar looks at barriers to and strategies for collaborating with tribal nations.
Kyra Paitrick and Dana Trickey share examples of how history plays into the work and challenges that come from working with tribes.
Participants consider their own approaches to building partnerships with American Indian programs and organizations.
Understanding Our Own Biases to Better Interact with Youth
Lindsey Leker, Extension Specialist in Science, Center for Youth Development, NDSU Extension
Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017
Implicit bias is an unconscious shortcut our brain uses to make quick decisions. Our brains develop unconscious biases over many years of exposure to the media, peers, and parenting. Lindsey Leker explains why people working with youth should be aware of implicit bias and how it can affect our interactions with youth.
look at a well-known online experiment on implicit attitudes,
review environmental factors that contribute to implicit bias, and
learn about their own biases.
Driven to Discover: Fostering Authentic Inquiry with Youth through Citizen Science
Facilitators: Associate Extension Professors Rebecca Meyer and Andrea Lorek Strauss
Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018
Citizen science programs invite the public to take part in scientific research. Participants learn how to collect scientific data while observing nature. This leads to asking questions about the natural world. Thus citizen science can be a springboard to engagement in the science process.
This webinar looks at the strategies used in programs that engaged youth in citizen science. These programs
created meaningful engagement in citizen science;
focused on specific strategies for creating positive, effective, team-learning environments; and
got youth outdoors to engage in hands-on learning.
These strategies can foster a learning environment that enables youth to better engage with the work of doing science.
Understanding Developmental Changes in Adolescents Related to Boundary Setting with Youth
Brooke Hanson, M.A.; Meagan Scott, Ph.D.; Sean Brotherson, Ph.D.
May 16, 2018
This webinar focuses on adults and adolescent youth working together to set developmentally appropriate rules and consequences.
The webinar further introduces teaching resources associated with the Boundaries and Boundaries Jr. curriculum available through the NDSU Extension Service.
1) Gain skills as youth workers in setting rules and consequences with youth.
2) Learn about teaching tools and educational curriculum designed to teach youth and adults about setting rules and consequences.
Addressing bullying in out-of-school youth development programs
Sue Quamme, 4-H youth development specialist and Amelia Doll, 4-H Agent, Burleigh County, NDSU
Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017
There is much research on preventing bullying in school, but little research on bullying behaviors out of school.
In this webinar we
look at current bullying prevention research and what parts we can apply to out-of-school youth programs,
gain an understanding of bullying prevention strategies useful for all ages and stages of youth, and
learn how to identify and address relational aggression, a form of bullying.
Grow Youth Programs with Middle-Management Volunteers
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Volunteers are critical to many youth and community programs. Middle-management volunteers direct other volunteers or assume primary responsibility for a specific part of a program. They play an especially important role in growing the reach of an organization. This webinar equips staff to
understand their part in leading middle-management volunteers,
identify and design roles for middle-management volunteers, and
cultivate volunteers to serve in these important roles.
Program Planning + Volunteer Systems = Opportunities for Youth
Becky Harrington and Karyn Santl
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Learn about Growing 4-H Opportunities Together: Volunteers in Vision and Action.
It brings together youth, adult volunteers, partners and staff to identify priorities for a program. It aligns two processes that are important in delivering meaningful youth development programs:
program development and
volunteer systems development
Powerful things happen for young people!
This webinar shares steps and tips to apply to any youth or community organization.
Activities to Build Strong Youth Leaders
Macine Lukach and Carrie Knutson, NDSU Extension
Nov. 14, 2018
Preparation is key to becoming an effective leader. How can we help youth develop leadership skills? Three skills that are important to all youth leaders are
- principles of leadership,
- leadership etiquette, and
- managing conflict
Macine and Carrie present activities that help youth:
- discover what leadership is and how to become better leaders;
- learn about leadership etiquette in professional situations, basic table manners, and tips to improve social skills; and
- recognize the causes of conflict and develop strategies to manage conflict.
STEM-tacular Science Activities!
Lindsey Leker, NDSU Extension
Mar. 20, 2019
Learn about easy, cheap, and exciting science experiments!
Lindsey Leker, 4-H Youth Development science specialist at NDSU
- demonstrates five experiments—appropriate for youth of any age—that use common household items and can be done in under 15 minutes;
- discusses current science curriculum available for younger and older youth; and
- talks about the 2018 4-H National Youth Science Day.