Youth work podcast series
The youth development podcast series is free and features staff discussing research, theory and best practices in youth development. Topics include:
- youth programs
- youth issues
- volunteer development
- citizenship and leadership
- program quality
- program evaluation
- cultural diversity
- social and emotional learning
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Karyn Santl, Extension educator
Listen to this podcast to hear why Karyn Santl doesn't love camping, but she LOVES 4-H Camp! Karyn describes the principles of positive youth development she uses while training youth counselors. She shares how youth use these skills to plan, implement and evaluate experiences.
Margo Bowerman, Extension educator
How can we apply engineering to dog training? While training her dog, Orrie, Margo Bowerman thought about the critical elements necessary to problem solving. The four critical elements are:
In her podcast, Margo describes how we CAN "teach an old dog new tricks" as we teach problem-solving skills in youth development programs.
Trisha Sheehan, Extension educator
We all want our youth to succeed. We want them to win in the show ring or on the field or court. But what does that win look like to you? Is it winning the game, or is it learning a new skill or improving their performance? Trisha discusses how being competitive and developing mastery can go hand in hand but there are times when that balance might need to be equalized.
Rebecca Meyer, Extension educator
STEM programs for youth must balance scientific authenticity and positive youth engagement. Citizen science is an approach in which scientists engage youth in scientific research. It can help youth develop their science identities. Becky shares examples of youth contributions to citizen science.
Amber Shanahan, Extension educator
In a learning cohort, individuals grow and develop through support and challenges from the group. Amber discusses the value of in-person, adult learning environments. She defines the "front yard" approach, a beneficial model for cultivating community in professional development.
Joseph Rand, Extension educator
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 podcast, Joe shares research on rural LGBT youth and their involvement in a GSA (Genders and Sexualities Alliance), clips from interviews he has conducted with young people, and suggestions for rural communities to provide safe spaces in their youth programs and schools.
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Becky Harrington and Karyn Santl, Extension educators
A follow up to episode 4 and recorded live at the NAE4-HA Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana! Becky and Karyn share five recommendations on how youth programs can increase and improve volunteer impact from work they've done with GOT-VIVA (Growing 4-H Opportunities Together: Volunteers in Vision and Action).
Mari Jo Lohmeier, program coordinator
Youth: Allison Offerdahl, Alysa Miller, Daisy Sharp, Evan Booge, Holly Packman
It's National 4-H Week and we are celebrating in Minnesota! Listen to this podcast as 4-H'ers from Hubbard County, Minnesota share why they love 4-H and the experiences that have helped them develop leadership skills.
Anne Stevenson, Extension educator
What is a scientist? What do they look like? Answer: Me! In this podcast, Anne Stevenson describes the curriculum "Be a Scientist! Materials in a Green, Clean World" that actively engages K-2nd grade children in learning about material properties, plastics, sustainability and the work of scientists and engineers. Listen to Anne describe the partnership that led to the development of this FREE curriculum and share examples of how children develop curiosity through the activities.
This podcast continues our "fair" theme from Episode 15, but this time 4-H Staff highlight YOUTH experience as it relates to their shining star moments. Listen as Katie Becker, Melissa Persing, Lisa Bauer, Kelsey Wolf and Rebecca Rasmussen share stories about youth voice, leadership, teamwork, and growth through 4-H Fair experiences.
It's summer in Minnesota and that means our 4-H program is showcasing young people in county fairs all over the state and will soon be at the Minnesota State Fair. With every great event that is rich in tradition and memories, there are always great STORIES that follow. Sometimes these events and experiences end up being unexpected and funny! Minnesota 4-H staff Becky Harrington, Courtney Johnson, Brian McNeiland Rebecca Rasmussen share their stories.
Molly Frendo and Kari Robideau, Extension educators - distance learning technology
Kari and Molly answer 3 frequently asked questions youth workers have about technology:
- How do I stay current on the latest social media tools young people are using?
- Can you help me create a video in Articulate Storyline for my program?
- How do I use technology with young people without overusing it?
Margo Herman, Extension educator
Margo examines the relationship between youth program quality improvement and intentional efforts around program design - all to support the development of social and emotional learning (SEL). Margo defines and gives examples of youth program quality and SEL in order to understand the distinction between the two and how they can support each other.
Joe Rand, Extension educator
For LGBT youth, access to safe spaces is a crucial part of development and exploring self-identity. Joe Rand discusses why this is a fundamental concern for youth programs. He shares 3 resources (GLSEN, Teaching Tolerance, WeConnect) and examples of activities he uses to educate about creating and maintaining safe environments for LGBT youth.
Molly Frendo, Extension educator - distance learning technology
Recorded live from the National Extension Conference on Volunteerism 2017 (NECV), Molly Frendo discusses research and best practices for using technology when communicating with volunteers. Two ways of using technology are highlighted:
- Enhancing communication between staff and volunteers
- Using social media to recognize volunteers and share timely resources
Kate Walker, associate Extension professor
March 24, 2017
Social and emotional learning (SEL) includes learning to be aware of and manage emotions, work well with others, and work hard when faced with challenges. Youth programs develop SEL skills by creating opportunities for young people to engage in real-world projects, work in teams, take on meaningful roles, face challenges and experience the emotional ups and downs that come along the way. Kate Walker discusses a free online SEL toolkit that includes activities, templates and tools organized around four ways to help support staff and youth in SEL.
Joanna Tzenis, Extension educator
March 20, 2017
"College prep" programs make an effort to instill in youth the desire to go to college and the hard skills to qualify, but it's not enough. They leave out something important - the young person, so many marginalized young people are still not ending up with degrees. Joanna discusses ways they include research around aspirations, future orientation, and social inequalities into the 4-H campus immersion program design.
Betsy Olson, Extension educator
Feb. 17, 2017
Informal support networks with non-related adults are important resources for youth. Positive connections results in positive outcomes for youth. Betsy suggests five ways to measure strong connections between youth and adults.
Brian McNeil, Extension educator and special guest, Kia Harries, regional director
Dec. 19, 2016
Do you ever hear this complaint from local leaders: "There are no young people stepping forward to replace me on this committee!"? They seem frustrated that they can't leave a community committee because there's no one to replace them. This Podcast discusses, is there really a leadership gap, and if so, why?
Samantha Grant, Evaluation director
Dec. 8, 2016
Storytelling is powerful. Most youth workers know that, but so often miss the opportunities to gather and tell meaningful stories about youth programs. Sam Grant shares her thoughts on the four ways we mess up storytelling: (1) we make the story about our organization, (2) we want the story to be perfect, (3) we have the story but nothing to back it up, and (4) we try to appeal to emotions and end up victimizing our customers.
Kathryn Sharpe, Extension educator
Nov. 21, 2016
As the demographic makeup of the U.S. undergoes a sea change of diversification, 4-H and other national historical legacy youth development organizations face a critical question: What will it take to stay relevant in the 21st Century? We must work for equity, and achieving equity requires us to address root issues such as balance of power, access to programs and opportunity, allocation of resources and decision-making power. We must also recognize that we are dealing with layers of implicit bias that have accumulated over all the years of the organization’s history. Kathryn offers 3 practical strategies for organizations to consider.
Karyn Santl and Becky Harrington, Extension educators
Sept. 30, 2016
Growing 4-H Opportunities Together: Volunteers in Vision and Action (GOT:VIVA) intentionally aligns two processes that are central to delivering meaningful youth development programs: program development and volunteer systems development. This process relies on a team approach that engages local 4-H program staff and Extension educators working within the region.
Becky Harrington, Extension educator and Mary Jo Lohmeier, program coordinator
Sept. 29, 2016
Building successful long-term volunteer relationships are vital to ensuring a programs’ sustainability and vitality. This podcast focuses on working shoulder to shoulder with volunteers and finding ways to build relationships that result in volunteer retention. Successful long-term volunteer relationships, based on the five C’s: Communicate, Clearly define needs, Create climate of trust and honesty, Choose your battles, and Compromise, are shared. Becky and Mary Jo share personal examples, tools, and resources.
Amber Shanahan, Extension educator
Sept. 29, 2016
For more than 30 years, Youth Teaching Youth has been a prime example of a cross-age teaching program. In cross-age teaching, teens are not just assisting an adult teacher or informally sharing experiences,but facilitating an entire learning experience by teaching curriculum and fully managing a group of younger peers. Cross-age teaching can also enhance social and emotional learning for both teacher and learner. Youth workers often ask those of us on the 4-H YTY team how they might start a cross-age teaching program of their own. Chances are, your program is already infusing some components, but there are 10 essential elements you need to define in order to do this well.
Josh Kukowski, Extension educator
Sept. 27, 2016
There are now 15 years' worth of research proving that mentoring helps young people succeed. But mentors do it because they just know. Listen as Josh shares his knowledge and experience on why and how mentoring works!