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.
What we offer
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.
Youth development brown bag webinars are free interactive online learning over the lunch hour on various youth development topics.
Grow Youth Programs Middle Management Volunteers
Volunteers are critical to many youth and community programs. Middle management volunteers - those who direct other volunteers or assume primary responsibility for a specific part of a program - play an especially important role in growing the reach of an organization.
January 16, 2019
10:30 a.m.-12 noon (Central time)
STEM-tacular Science Activities!
Learn about easy, cheap, and exciting science experiments. Lindsey will demonstrate five experiments that use common household items and can be done in under 15 minutes. The science experiments are appropriate for youth of any age.
March 20, 2019
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. 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.
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.
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.