Youth work courses
Strong youth programs need strong youth development professionals. We provide research-based training and resources for adults who work with and on behalf of Minnesota's young people. Our experienced faculty and staff train individuals, teams and organizations.
3 to 6 hours of individual online learning.
- Explore research on the dilemmas of youth work.
- Examine, discuss, and respond to dilemmas.
- Develop youth-centered strategies for addressing dilemmas in your own work that better meet the developmental needs of youth.
Explores a research framework, Rings of Engagement, which outlines four types of youth engagement and youth-adult partnerships.
- Explore the foundational research and theories of positive youth development.
- Apply course content to your work with youth.
Foundational cohort courses adapted to 15-24 hours of interactive, facilitated online learning.
This online class explores supervision and leadership issues in youth work organizations. Online activities include synchronized group time and self-paced learning.
Create resources and learn skills to help you work with young people. The content comes from a combination of real youth work experience and research-based material. Activities include both synchronized group time and individual learning.
Free interactive online learning over the lunch hour on various youth development topics.
Driven to Discover: Fostering Authentic Inquiry with Youth through Citizen Science
Facilitators: Rebecca Meyer and Andrea Lorek Strauss
Citizen science programs invite the public to participate in scientific research. Through these experiences, participants learn scientific data collection protocols and have opportunities to observe nature, which naturally leads to asking questions about the natural world. The structured observations that are part of many citizen science projects can thus provide a springboard for full engagement in the process of science. However, participants often lack the experience and quantitative skills to conduct research that will address their questions.
We envision our environment for sparking science inquiry as balancing two core processes of scientific authenticity and meaningful engagement. Scientific authenticity is activities and investigations which characterize real-world science. Meaningful engagement is ways that youth and adults feel interested, and co-create productive effort. Scientific authenticity and meaningful engagement need to be in balance. This presentation will focus on the strategies utilized in multiple U of M Extension programs focused on engaging youth in citizen science. These programs focused on creating meaningful engagement in citizen science, and on specific strategies for intentionally creating positive, effective team learning environments while getting youth outdoors to engage in hands-on learning. Investing in these strategies will foster an effective learning environment which, in turn, will enable youth to better engage with the work of doing science.
Date and time
Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018
10:30 a.m. - 12 noon (Central time)
UMN Extension staff discuss research, theory and best practices in youth development. Topics include:
- Youth programs
- Youth issues
- Volunteer development
- Ctizenship and leadership
- Program quality
- Program evaluation
- Cultural diversity
- Social and emotional learning
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Foundational research-based face-to-face learning. The following courses are available via contract.
Explore cultural identities and examine how they affect interactions with youth. Culturally responsive practice creates a sense of belonging and empowerment in young people.
Youth workers face challenging situations they are required to address in their daily work with young people. Dig into the sticky challenges and issues of youth work and examine various ways to respond to real-life problems in your program.
Professional development strategies for youth work practice
- Explore management and leadership in your program.
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)
This training suite will help you design programs to support SEL, respond to unexpected opportunities that involve SEL and apply resources and activities from our SEL toolkit.
A program model and curriculum designed to show young people that they are participants in a global society and to prepare them to thrive in culturally diverse settings.
Explore the Rings of Engagement model, a framework that outlines four types of youth engagement and youth-adult partnerships.
Create resources and learn skills to help you work with young people. The content comes from a combination of real youth work experience and research-based material.
We offer free public symposia and learning events that bring together researchers, policy makers and practitioners to discuss issues in the field of youth development. The goal is to bridge the latest research with implications for youth work practice, programs, policy and public education.
Our upcoming symposium series is dedicated to equity and youth development.
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.
This toolkit includes activities, templates and tools organized around four ways to help support staff and youth in SEL. It was developed to go along with the 3-hour training, Social and Emotional Learning in Practice and related issue briefs. It is designed primarily for those working with youth in middle school, but with small changes the activities can be used for other age groups too. See the Introduction for an overview of how the toolkit was made. It can be read from start to finish, but it is not meant to be used in order. Select activities that meet your needs and fit with your program design. Get the most out of it by taking the Readiness Inventory first. Your responses will help identify sections of the toolkit that will be most helpful.
Builds sustainable programs that meet the unique needs of urban youth. Designed to help volunteers and program leaders create, strengthen and advance youth programs that occur during non-school hours.
Minnesota 4-H partners with schools, agencies, organizations, and volunteers to build sustainable leadership programs that meet the unique needs of urban youth. Designed to expose young people to the worlds of higher education and careers.
WeConnect is both a program model and a curriculum that helps young people see that they are participants in a global society. It prepares them to thrive in culturally-diverse settings. Developed for middle school-aged youth, but can be adapted for other age groups.