Youth development brown bag webinars
University of Minnesota Extension and North Dakota State University Extension have partnered to offer the youth development brown bag webinar series since 2010. The purpose is to provide research-based information on hot topics, trends and program ideas for youth workers over the lunch hour.
These free webinars provide:
Professional development opportunities without the cost and travel.
Opportunities for participants to ask questions and get answers in real-time.
Guided, interactive discussions, questions, and polls for sharing and applying the information to participants' work.
This year's webinar series has a special focus on volunteer development in youth programs.
Past webinars by category
Relationships, Role Models and Rural LGBT Youth
Joe Rand, Extension educator
Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018
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 webinar, Joseph Rand
shares research on rural Minnesota LGBT youth and their involvement in a GSA (Genders and Sexualities Alliance) and
provides suggestions for rural communities to provide safe spaces in their youth programs and schools.
Also in the webinar, a youth panel shares their stories and answers questions.
Creating Partnerships with Tribal Nations
Kyra Paitrick and Dana Trickey, 4-H community program coordinators, Center for Youth Development, University of Minnesota Extension
May 10, 2017
This webinar looks at barriers to and strategies for collaborating with tribal nations.
Kyra Paitrick and Dana Trickey share examples of how history plays into the work and challenges that come from working with tribes.
Participants consider their own approaches to building partnerships with American Indian programs and organizations.
Understanding Our Own Biases to Better Interact with Youth
Lindsey Leker, Extension Specialist in Science, Center for Youth Development, NDSU Extension
Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017
Implicit bias is an unconscious shortcut our brain uses to make quick decisions. Our brains develop unconscious biases over many years of exposure to the media, peers, and parenting. Lindsey Leker explains why people working with youth should be aware of implicit bias and how it can affect our interactions with youth.
look at a well-known online experiment on implicit attitudes,
review environmental factors that contribute to implicit bias, and
learn about their own biases.
Driven to Discover: Fostering Authentic Inquiry with Youth through Citizen Science
Facilitators: Associate Extension Professors Rebecca Meyer and Andrea Lorek Strauss
Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018
Citizen science programs invite the public to take part in scientific research. Participants learn how to collect scientific data while observing nature. This leads to asking questions about the natural world. Thus citizen science can be a springboard to engagement in the science process.
This webinar looks at the strategies used in programs that engaged youth in citizen science. These programs
created meaningful engagement in citizen science;
focused on specific strategies for creating positive, effective, team-learning environments; and
got youth outdoors to engage in hands-on learning.
These strategies can foster a learning environment that enables youth to better engage with the work of doing science.
Understanding Developmental Changes in Adolescents Related to Boundary Setting with Youth
Brooke Hanson, M.A.; Meagan Scott, Ph.D.; Sean Brotherson, Ph.D.
May 16, 2018
This webinar focuses on adults and adolescent youth working together to set developmentally appropriate rules and consequences.
The webinar further introduces teaching resources associated with the Boundaries and Boundaries Jr. curriculum available through the NDSU Extension Service.
1) Gain skills as youth workers in setting rules and consequences with youth.
2) Learn about teaching tools and educational curriculum designed to teach youth and adults about setting rules and consequences.
Addressing bullying in out-of-school youth development programs
Sue Quamme, 4-H youth development specialist and Amelia Doll, 4-H Agent, Burleigh County, NDSU
Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017
There is much research on preventing bullying in school, but little research on bullying behaviors out of school.
In this webinar we
look at current bullying prevention research and what parts we can apply to out-of-school youth programs,
gain an understanding of bullying prevention strategies useful for all ages and stages of youth, and
learn how to identify and address relational aggression, a form of bullying.
Young teens on campus: Preparing for higher education
Joanna Tzenis and Jennifer Skuza, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Monday, May 23, 2016
Want to help youth succeed? Get them on a college campus!
This presentation explores the Minnesota 4-H Campus Immersion Experience program model and how it addresses the educational attainment gap.
In the program, middle and high school students immerse themselves in campus life by
exploring STEM fields with university faculty and staff,
building relationships with college student counselors,
making educational plans,
staying in dorms and eating in the cafeterias.
highlight lived experiences of the youth participants,
share preliminary evaluation and research findings, and
discuss how elements from this program might be replicated in other settings.
Joshua Kukowski & Brian McNeil, University of Minnesota Extension
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Mentors and mentorship are hot topics! While everyone may agree that this is a fundamental reason for success for our youth, what exactly does this mean? When you dig a little deeper, things are not what they seem.
This webinar will
challenge the way you think about mentoring
pull apart some myths,
look at the latest research and best practices in a thought-provoking session.
Participants gain knowledge about mentorship to help strengthen current programs and/or develop a new program.
Changing Adolescent Healthy Living Behavior through Mentoring
Judith Conway & Carrie Olson, University of Minnesota Extension
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015
What happens when partners come together around a vision to make a difference in the lives of young people?
Science and Movement (S.A.M) 4-H Club brought together
The University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development,
Southwest Minnesota State University Health Sciences, and
a local YMCA.
They formed the Science and Movement (S.A.M) 4-H Club.
The club was a 10-week after-school program for seventh-grade youth and college students in health science fields.
improve behavior around healthy living
increase awareness of post-secondary options
increase community connection
The college students found that mentoring as a service-learning strategy gave deeper meaning to their educational experience.
Teen Technology Use: Putting data into practice
Sharon Query & Rachelle Vettern, North Dakota State University Extension
May 14, 2014
What motivates young people to choose to take part in risky behavior?
Learn about the issues young people face.
Explore a new curriculum for youth and caregivers.
See new data on research about teen cell phone and internet use with particular emphasis on their experiences with sending or receiving sexually explicit messages or photos.
Grow Youth Programs with Middle-Management Volunteers
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Volunteers are critical to many youth and community programs. Middle-management volunteers direct other volunteers or assume primary responsibility for a specific part of a program. They play an especially important role in growing the reach of an organization. This webinar equips staff to
understand their part in leading middle-management volunteers,
identify and design roles for middle-management volunteers, and
cultivate volunteers to serve in these important roles.
Program Planning + Volunteer Systems = Opportunities for Youth
Becky Harrington and Karyn Santl
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Learn about Growing 4-H Opportunities Together: Volunteers in Vision and Action.
It brings together youth, adult volunteers, partners and staff to identify priorities for a program. It aligns two processes that are important in delivering meaningful youth development programs:
program development and
volunteer systems development
Powerful things happen for young people!
This webinar shares steps and tips to apply to any youth or community organization.
Using Technology to Build Capacity in Volunteer Programs
Molly Frendo, University of Minnesota Extension
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
Nearly one-third of volunteers choose not to continue their service due to poor management practices. Some of the critical practices for volunteer administrators have become increasingly difficult due to budget constraints. This webinar explores how to better manage volunteers using educational technology and social media to increase organizational capacity.
Activities to Build Strong Youth Leaders
Macine Lukach and Carrie Knutson, NDSU Extension
Nov. 14, 2018
Preparation is key to becoming an effective leader. How can we help youth develop leadership skills? Three skills that are important to all youth leaders are
- principles of leadership,
- leadership etiquette, and
- managing conflict
Macine and Carrie present activities that help youth:
- discover what leadership is and how to become better leaders;
- learn about leadership etiquette in professional situations, basic table manners, and tips to improve social skills; and
- recognize the causes of conflict and develop strategies to manage conflict.
Youth As Assessors: Engaging Youth in Program Improvement
Betsy Olson, Karyn Santl and Alneida Madrigal
June 15, 2016
Youth in programs can be the resource needed to improve program quality!
explores a project aimed at including youth in program evaluation and improvement,
highlights current research on the impacts of participatory evaluation with young people
outlines best practices,
looks at how youth-adult partnerships can engage youth in evaluation and improvement.
Learn how to build participatory evaluation practices into any youth program.
Utilizing a Flipped Classroom to Train Teen Teachers
Amber Shanahan and Emily Fulton-Fischer, University of Minnesota Extension
Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016
The 4-H Youth Teaching Youth program trains high school youth to teach younger students about topics such as character building and healthy living.
Teen teachers in this cross-age program need to learn:
classroom management skills,
curriculum insight, and
a basic understanding of public speaking.
But training time is often limited due to the teens' busy schedules.
This webinar explores a pilot model that accommodates the need for more flexibility and versatility for training teen teachers.
A flipped classroom approach allows youth to watch self-study modules (using their phone, tablet, or computer) before attending in-person training.
The in-person training provides a space for deeper practice, reflection, application, and conversation.
Participants gain an understanding of this training approach and ideas of how it can translate to other youth work settings, where training is necessary, but time is limited.
Engaging Youth in Decision Making
Carrie Olson, University of Minnesota Extension
Jan. 15, 2014
Good decision making skills are important tools for young people to possess both intrapersonally and interpersonally. Explore resources used to teach decision-making skills and how to effectively put youth to the test to practice these skills both independently and in group situations.
STEM-tacular Science Activities!
Lindsey Leker, NDSU Extension
Mar. 20, 2019
Learn about easy, cheap, and exciting science experiments!
Lindsey Leker, 4-H Youth Development science specialist at NDSU
- demonstrates five experiments—appropriate for youth of any age—that use common household items and can be done in under 15 minutes;
- discusses current science curriculum available for younger and older youth; and
- talks about the 2018 4-H National Youth Science Day.