Youth development brown bag webinars
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.
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 the 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. During the webinar, a youth panel shared their stories and answered 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
Are you interested in collaborating with reservations or American Indian programs and organizations? This webinar will focus on the barriers and strategies for creating partnerships with tribal nations. Kyra will share examples of how history plays into the work and will give information and first-hand examples of challenges that come from working with tribes. Participants will identify and evaluate their own approaches to building partnerships with tribal nations.
Kyra Paitrick is a descendent of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. She has earned her undergraduate in Ojibwe Language and Culture and Elementary Education from the College of St. Scholastica. She has a Master's degree in Environmental Education from Hamline University. She held positions as a childcare provider, teacher, and program coordinator. She currently works for the University of Minnesota Extension as a 4-H Community Program Coordinator, building youth development programming with the Fond du Lac Band.
Dana Trickey has a Bachelors of Science degree in Communication focusing on Cultural, Multicultural and International studies from the University of Minnesota. She held positions in student services at the University of Minnesota -Crookston, Native American related programs at the University of North Dakota and the Boys & Girls Club of the Leech Lake area. She spent her adult life learning alongside Ojibwe, Lakota and other elders. She shares her knowledge of birchbark-basket making, quillwork, Ojibwe culture and wild foods through culture camps and afterschool programs. She currently works for the University of Minnesota Extension as a 4-H program coordinator for the American Indian Youth Programs within and for the White Earth Nation.
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 short cut our brain uses to make quick decisions. This presentation explains why individuals working with youth should be aware of implicit bias and how it can influence interactions with youth belonging to a minority group. The brain develops unconscious biases over many years of exposure to the media, peers, and parenting. There are many misunderstandings of what implicit bias is and that implicit attitudes can be controlled. Experience a well-known online experiment on implicit attitudes, review environmental factors that have contributed to implicit bias and learn about your own biases.
Lindsey Leker is the 4-H youth development specialist in science at North Dakota State University. She coordinates science programming for youth ages 5 to 18 and the role science plays in their lives, including career development. Her Ph.D research focuses on achievement gaps among minority groups and females in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in elementary school and high school. Prior to Lindsey's employment at NDSU, she taught social and brain science at various universities in the Fargo/Moorhead area.
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
Research on bullying prevention and interventions in school settings is very common, but there is very little research about these behaviors outside of school. This presentation will look at current bully prevention research and identify parts of this research that can be applied to out-of-school youth development programs. Participants will gain an understanding of bullying prevention strategies useful for all ages and stages of youth in out-of-school programs. We will also take a look at how relational aggression, a form of bullying, can be identified and addressed.
Young teens on campus: Preparing for higher education
Joanna Tzenis and Jennifer Skuza, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Monday, May 23, 2016
Want to help youth succeed? Get them on a college campus! Drawing on research from the fields of youth development and education, this presentation explores the University of Minnesota Extension 4-H Campus Immersion Experience program model and the way in which it addresses the educational attainment gap. The 4-H Campus Immersion Experience is a residential campus experience at the University of Minnesota designed for young teens who experience educational barriers. Campus immersion participants immerse themselves in campus life by exploring STEM fields with university faculty and staff, building relationships with college-going counselors, making educational plans, and by enjoying student life by staying in dorms and eating in the cafeteria. The presenters highlight how elements of the program model (e.g. University-Community partnerships, research-based curriculum) foster youth abilities to pursue their educational aspirations amidst barriers and discuss how these elements might be replicated. Additionally, by sharing preliminary evaluation and research findings, the presenters highlight the lived experiences of the youth participants.
Getting Down to the Nitty Gritty: Grit and the cultivation of a growth mindset
Rachelle Vettern, Ph. D. and Alison Brennan, NDSU Extension
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015
What is grit? How is it related to other qualities, such as self-control? How can we help youth become "grittier"? This webinar will review recent scholarship on grit, including limitations and criticism of the "grit narrative". The relationships among grit, self-control, talent, passion for personal interests, and implicit theories of intelligence will be explored. The webinar will conclude with suggestions for cultivating a growth mindset.
Joshua Kukowski & Brian McNeil, University of Minnesota Extension
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Mentors and mentorship are hot topics! While everyone may agree that this is a fundamental reason for success for our youth, what exactly does this mean? When you dig a little deeper, things are not what they seem. We will pull apart some myths, as well as look at the latest research and best practices in an interactive and thought-provoking session that will challenge the way you think about mentoring. Participants will gain knowledge about mentorship to help strengthen current programs and/or develop a new program.
Changing Adolescent Healthy Living Behavior through Mentoring
Judith Conway & Carrie Olson, University of Minnesota Extension
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015
What happens when partners come together around a vision to make a difference in the lives of young people? A program designed by staff within the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development invited Southwest Minnesota State University health sciences, the local YMCA and middle school around a program design entitled, Science and Movement (S.A.M) 4-H Club field test pilot. This research field study brought seventh grade youth and health science college students together in a ten-week after school mentoring program utilizing research associated with quality programming. The youth objectives included increase in behavior change around healthy living, awareness of post-secondary options, and community connection. For college students, the results of this research study found that utilizing mentoring as a service-learning strategy became a powerful way to give deeper meaning to a college student’s educational experience. This webinar will allow you to interact and learn from other webinar participants.
Using Technology to Build Capacity in Volunteer Programs
Molly Frendo, University of Minnesota Extension
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
Research indicates that nearly one-third of volunteers choose not to continue their service due to poor management practices. Some of the critical practices for volunteer administrators have become increasingly difficult due to budget constraints. This webinar will explore how to better manage volunteers using educational technology and social media to increase organizational capacity.
Teen Technology Use: Putting data into practice
Sharon Query & Rachelle Vettern, North Dakota State University Extension
May 14, 2014
What motivates young people to choose to participate in risky behavior? Gain knowledge and understanding about the issues young people face, explore a new curriculum for youth and caregivers, and see new data regarding research about teen cell phone and internet use with particular emphasis on their experiences with sending or receiving sexually explicit messages or photos.
Program Planning + Volunteer Systems = Opportunities for Youth
Becky Harrington and Karyn Santl
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
When youth, adult volunteers and partners come together with staff to identify priorities for a program, powerful things happen for young people. Learn about Growing 4-H Opportunities Together: Volunteers in Vision and Action. It aligns two processes that are important in delivering meaningful youth development programs, which are program development and volunteer systems development. This webinar will share steps and tips to apply to any youth or community organization.
Youth As Assessors: Engaging Youth in Program Improvement
Betsy Olson, Karyn Santl and Alneida Madrigal
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Explore how youth in programs could be the resource needed to improve program quality! This webinar refers to an ongoing pilot project aimed at including youth in program evaluation and 4-H program improvement planning, and highlights current research regarding the impacts of participatory evaluation practices with young people. It outlines best practices, investigates the important elements of youth-adult partnerships to engage youth in evaluation and assessment projects, and leaves participants with some strategies that can help build participatory evaluation practices into any youth program.
Utilizing a Flipped Classroom to Train Teen Teachers
Amber Shanahan and Emily Fulton-Fischer, University of Minnesota Extension
Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016
The 4-H Youth Teaching Youth program trains teen teachers in high school to deliver curricula to students in elementary and middle schools on topics including character building and healthy living. The role of a teen teacher in this cross-age program requires classroom management skills, curriculum insight, and a basic understanding of public speaking. However, training time is often limited due to the competitive nature of a teen’s schedule. This webinar will explore a pilot model being used to accommodate the need for more flexibility and versatility for training teen teachers. A flipped classroom approach allows youth to watch self-study modules (using their phone, tablet, or computer) prior to attending in-person training. Then, the in-person training provides a space for deeper practice, reflection, application, and conversation. Participants will gain an understanding of this training approach and gain ideas of how it can translate to other youth work settings where training is necessary, but time is limited.
Engaging Youth in Decision Making
Carrie Olson, University of Minnesota Extension
Jan. 15, 2014
Good decision making skills are important tools for young people to possess both intrapersonally and interpersonally. Explore resources used to teach decision-making skills and how to effectively put youth to the test to practice these skills both independently and in group situations.