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Reed Larson, Lisa Bouillion Diaz and Natalie Rusk present Youth Programs as Powerful Settings for Social and Emotional Learning.

Friday, May 15, 2015
8:30 a.m. - noon
McNamara Alumni Center
200 Oak Street SE, Minneapolis

Or watch online.

Youth development programs are uniquely positioned to support social and emotional learning. In these programs, young people engage in real-world projects, work in teams, take on meaningful roles, face challenges, and experience the accompanying emotional ups and downs. This symposium focuses on promoting social and emotional learning in youth program settings. You'll learn about and discuss recent, path-breaking research on how youth learn skills such as strategic thinking and emotional management, and what strategies experienced leaders use to facilitate this development.

Register online.

Minnesota 4-H is compiling a list of camp program opportunities as well as a listing of the camp counselor training opportunities being offered around the state in 2015. This list will be posted to the 4-H camping web page so individuals will know where training is being offered and can make contacts regarding participation.

Find camp information here:

Find camp counselor training information here:

Find camping resources here:

Please share the following information directly with Colleen Byrne ( and she will update the website. In the subject line of your email, please note "Camping information".

  • Date(s)
  • Time/start/end
  • Location(s)
  • Audience (new counselors, returning counselors)
  • Short program description
  • Cost
  • Registration deadline
  • Contact (name, email, phone)
If you have any questions and/or suggestions for additions to the camping page, please share with Becky Meyer ( Thanks you!

Rebecca Meyer

Extension educator

M4-HAVA conference

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Registration for the 2015 Minnesota 4-H Adult Volunteer Association (M4-HAVA) conference is now available online. The theme for this year's conference is "4-H Ties it Together." Developed to expand the knowledge and skills of 4-H volunteers and give leaders new ideas for 4-H projects, with workshop topics ranging from beekeeping to quilting to gardening and caring for pigeons. The conference will take place at the Best Western in Willmar, Minnesota, Feb. 19-21. Early bird rate for M4-HAVA members is $124, including all meals for all three dates, and must be postmarked by Jan. 10. Regular rate for members is $140 (nonmembers, $175).

Molly Frendo

State program director, volunteer systems

The Center for Youth Development's spring symposium will be on Friday, May 15 online and in-person at McNamara Alumni Center. This event will focus on promoting social and emotional learning (SEL) in youth program settings. You'll learn about recent findings from the Pathways Project (Proyecto Caminos) research study on how skills like strategic thinking and emotional management develop, what conditions best foster them and how culture comes into play.

Kate Walker

Associate Extension professor

Secondary Traumatic Stress: Building Resilience for Professionals
Oct. 30, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota for Twin Cities Metro Area and broadcast live to host sites in Greater Minnesota

Metro: $50
Students: $20
Greater Minnesota: $25
Live web stream available for participants outside of Minnesota: $25

Linda Gensheimer, PhD and Cynthia Packer, LISCW will present Secondary Traumatic Stress: Building Resilience for Professionals. We invite professionals who work with traumatized children, youth and families to join us for presentations and small group conversations discussing adaptability and health maintenance. Participants will learn to integrate practices that help diminish the negative impact of secondary traumatic stress. Presenters embody a wide range of professional experience with survivors of political violence and torture, generational and historical trauma, and vicarious trauma experienced by school professionals.


  • Identify meaningful ways of talking about feelings and experiences related to secondary trauma
  • Learn ways to build your resilience as you work with people who have experienced trauma
  • Compare and contrast secondary traumatic stress interventions from individual and organizational perspectives

Over the past program year, 15 staff members from across the Extension Center for Youth Development engaged in a staff development opportunity to share and learn through personal stories about diversity and inclusion within our work. Cohort members included: Josey Landrieu, Kathryn Sharpe, Susan Beaulieu, Ann Walter, Anita Harris, Judith Conway, Jacquie Lonning, Darcy Cole, Carolyn Dingfelder, Joe Rand, Anna Gilbertson, Joanna Tzenis, Joshua Kukowski, Amie Mondl, and Krista Lautenschlager. Participants discussed readings, engaged in group activities and discussion, and reflected personally on enhancing and developing a mind set, skill set, and heart set for working with diversity and inclusion.

As an output of their learning, the cohort members have created seven short films focused on topics such as: building partnerships across cultures, culturally responsive youth-adult partnerships, serving youth with disabilities, religious inclusion, and working with LGBT youth. Please join the members of the cohort at the premiere of their short films on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. - noon at the Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC). Please RSVP if you are able to attend at: The project was funded by the University of Minnesota's Equity & Diversity Transformation Awards, a grant program sponsored by the Office for Equity and Diversity.

Extension Center for Youth Development Diversity & Inclusion Shared Learning Cohort Planning Team

Cultural Resilience: A framework for promoting assets
Oct. 2, 8:30 a.m. - 12 noon
McNamara Alumni Center, Memorial Hall and online by webinar
Free, but registration is required

To fully address youth's learning and gaps in academic performance, we need to redefine educational excellence in a global society. Dr. JuanCarlos Arauz will share a framework for creating a rigorous, inclusive environment with a diverse community. Learn more.

The Annual Youth Program Quality Conference has picked up and moved to early this fall and gained new partners who are "ignited" in their support of continuous quality Improvement in Minnesota's youth programs. Hold the date on your calendars!

Youth Engagement Matters
Thursday, July 10, 2014
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Brainerd Police Department
This Extension Center for Youth Development training is being offered through YIPA.

Culturally Responsive Youth Work Matters
Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014
9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Minnwest Technology Campus
Life Center Auditorium, 1800 18th St NE, Willmar

Youth Work Matters Online
Introductory week: Jan. 12-18, 2015
Course content: Jan. 19 - Feb. 15, 2015
Live webinars: Dates TBD

Most training and events are free for 4-H staff. Please use the YD-STAFFDEV promo code when registering. For more information about upcoming classes or to register, visit:

Time: 12-1 p.m.
Location: REI Bloomington
750 W. American Blvd, Bloomington
Cost: Free, no registration necessary
Date: March 14 - Nature's connection to mental health

The first bimonthly brown-bag seminar of the Minnesota Children & Nature Connection will focus on children's mental health and nature. CYFC's Judy Myers, mental health coordinator and Cathy Jordan, director, will provide research-based information about the impact of nature experiences on promoting children's emotional well-being (improve focus, enhance mood, decrease stress) and in treating mental health disorders in children (such as ADHD, depression and anxiety). Attendees will reflect on how they can enhance their own practice to better utilize nature to enhance children's mental health.

Future events in the series include:

  • May 9 - How to of nature play: Practical tips for engaging kids in nature
  • July 11 - Family nature clubs: Resources for starting a club, partnering with park agencies and getting Involved in existing clubs
  • September 23-26 - Minnesota Recreation & Park Association Annual Conference (at the National Sport Center in Blaine)
  • November - Professional workshop, topic and details TBD
Contact Cathy Jordan with questions.

Cathy Jordan

Children, Youth and Family Consortium

Urban 4-H Campus Visit

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On Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, the Urban 4-H Youth Development office partnered with the University YMCA and the College of Science and Engineering to host an "Urban 4-H Campus Visit."

Forty-four youth and nine college-aged 4-H volunteers and interns participated in the visit. The 4-H youth in grades 4-9 experienced campus life in a tour of the East Bank campus. They also participated in small group discussions in college classrooms facilitated by current University of Minnesota students. In these small groups, they voiced their higher-education aspirations, explored the steps they need to take and are already taking to achieve their aspirations, and asked current students about college life. Finally, in afternoon activities, youth explored STEM subjects and careers by participating in activities led by three student groups: National Society of Black Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers. It was an energizing and inspiring day for youth, staff, volunteers and partners alike.

The Urban 4-H Campus Visit is an annual event.

Joanna Tzenis

Assistant Extension professor

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