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What does children's mental health have to do with social and emotional learning? How can we draw connections between these two areas of work so that children learn better and are healthier?

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During a trip to Minneapolis on June 27, President Obama made an unexpected stop at a ProjectCARE class where he met with nine young mothers taking a 3-week training course in preparation for careers in customer service-related fields. Throughout his 20-minute visit, he discussed the challenges facing job seekers and said he wants to make sure they have the skills they need to succeed in the economy. The president encouraged the women to keep pursuing their goals and commented that his mother benefited from programs like ProjectCARE. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez and Senator Al Franken accompanied the president at the ProjectCARE class held at HIRED, a job training center in Plymouth.

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The NorthStar Youth Worker Fellowship, previously known as the Minnesota Walkabout Fellowship, is not a typical class or workshop series. The purpose of the Fellowship is to engage a cohort of experienced youth work practitioners in exploration, reflection, and study to generate more wisdom, language, and leadership in the field of youth work in Minnesota.

Fellows in the 2014-15 cohort will examine rights-based approaches to youth work in Minnesota's past as well as the possible impact of using this approach on current youth work practice. Each of the fellows will frame an inquiry question and spend the year reviewing relevant research and writings; tapping the local wisdom of their professional network; engaging in conversation with local and national leaders in the field; and writing a position paper that will inform systems development and field advancement in Minnesota.

Learn more about the fellowship and download the application. The Fellowship requirements are listed in the Overview document, and include consistent participation, monthly meetings, outside readings, and producing a position paper for publication. There is no cost to you or your organization for the Fellowship, and Fellows will receive a $500 stipend, two University credits (tuition fees apply), books and materials, and extensive contact with local and national field leaders.

The application deadline is July 18, 2014. For questions or more information on the NorthStar Fellowship, contact Sheila Oehrlein at 651-582-8448.

The 2014-15 Fellowship is sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Education, the Center for Democracy and Citizenship at Augsburg College, and Youthprise.

More than 300 people came together at TCF Stadium in Minneapolis and online from throughout Minnesota and the U.S. to take part in our public symposium, Social and Emotional Learning: Assess it to address it. If you weren't able to attend, or if you'd like to view the presentations again, we've posted recordings and slides from the symposium on our website, where you can also find an impressive library of recordings from past speakers. We've also begun posting shorter segments of recorded presentations on our YouTube channel.

What would you like to know about social and emotional learning? We are planning our future symposia and your want input. Please take this quick four-question survey and help shape the conversation!

With the support of the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development, an opportunity has emerged to move some of the training, consultation, and applied research and evaluation work that began in the Youth Work Institute into the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD). Beginning on January 6, 2014 the work will now be part of Youth Studies in the School of Social Work in CEHD.

As part of this effort, I would like to announce that I am taking a new leadership role in the School of Social Work, as the director of the Youth Work Learning Lab.

The School of Social Work will provide a new platform for partnership in applied research and learning between University students, community youth workers, and University staff and faculty on critical issues in the field of youth work. The focus will be on long-term, intensive research and learning projects with systems, networks and organizations on critical issues such as quality. There will be particular interest in doing this work in marginalized communities and in ways that are adaptive, responsive and relational. The Youth Work Learning Lab will continue the intensive work with systems, networks and collaborations on youth program quality.
In the next few months, I will be reaching out to many of you about the continuing work in quality and exploratory conversations about how my new role in the School of Social Work can support the learning in out-of-school time systems and community.

If you would like to be in touch sooner, I can be reached at 612-625-7813 or I look forward to working in partnership with you and reimagining how the University supports learning in community.

Deborah Moore

The video recording is now available from the Oct. 30, Social and emotional learning: From research to strategies, symposium. This event was dedicated to understanding social and emotional learning and its contribution to closing the achievement and opportunity gaps.

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In addition to the symposium series, there are several other opportunities in development that will enrich the learning about the social and emotional competencies needed to equip young people to thrive in and outside of the classroom. Learn more about these opportunities here.

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