Strong youth programs need strong youth development professionals. We offer 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.
Ways to learn about youth development
Foundational, research-based face-to-face learning. Contact us to schedule one of these courses.
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 and gain internal professional development strategies targeted to youth work practice.
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.
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.
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.
Extension staff discuss research, theory and best practices in youth development.
- Youth programs
- Youth issues
- Volunteer development
- Citizenship and leadership
- Program quality
- Program evaluation
- Cultural diversity
- Social and emotional learning
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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. We connect the latest research to implications for youth work practice, programs, policy and public education. Our current learning series is dedicated to equity and youth development.
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.