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Children, Youth & Family Consortium

University of Minnesota Extension Children, Youth & Family Consortium (CYFC) bridges research and practice to promote mental well-being and health in children, youth and families. We mostly work with  community providers serving children and families, parents, administrators and researchers.

How we work

CYFC grapples with complex, developmental challenges that influence families and communities. We do this through:

  • Interdisciplinary and ecological perspectives and approaches to well-being. 
  • Culturally responsive partnerships within communities and the University. 
  • Co-created educational events, multimedia resources and online learning tools.
  • Deep and thoughtful engagement with Minnesota communities and organizations.

Our history

The University of Minnesota established the Children, Youth & Family Consortium (CYFC) in 1991. CYFC serves as a catalyst for creating authentic partnerships among community practitioners and University faculty and staff, and aims to ensure that the knowledge and resources of the University actively benefit Minnesota's children, youth, and families. CYFC is intentionally interdisciplinary. Its primary purpose is to create discussions and engage communities in identifying and finding solutions to issues facing children and families. CYFC joined University of Minnesota Extension as part of the Extension Center for Family Development in July 2010 and continues to build bridges between campus units, faculty, community practitioners and policy professionals. 

Join us

Scholar in Residence

The Scholar in Residence Program is a year-long partnership between the Extension Children, Youth & Family Consortium and a University faculty member. Current scholar, Dr. Sarah Beehler, focuses on rural community stress. She is part of Extension's work to help Minnesotans who are coping with rural stress.

Lessons from the field

Lessons from the Field is an educational series sponsored by  Children, Youth & Family Consortium (CYFC). This series aims to:

  • Build understanding about the pressing challenges children and families face, and how to address them.
  • Show how research informs practice and how practice informs research related to the chosen topic.
  • Provide a forum for professionals, researchers, clinicians, community leaders and caregivers to gather and learn together.

    Reviewed in 2020

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