Founded in 1992, University of Minnesota Extension Children, Youth & Family Consortium (CYFC) bridges research and practice to promote mental well-being and health in children, youth, and families.
How We Work
CYFC grapples with complex, developmental challenges that influence families and communities. Here’s how we do it:
- Take interdisciplinary and ecological approaches.
- Build relationships with community and University partners to co-create educational events, multimedia resources, and interactive learning tools.
- Cultivate culturally responsive partnerships that address pressing issues.
- Support networks of individuals and agencies committed to enhancing the well-being of children, youth, and families.
Who We Are
CYFC staff work in consultation and collaboration with community and University partners.
- CYFC Advisory Board — See who’s on the board and read their bios.
- CYFC Staff — Find staff contact information or use our contact form.
- CYFC Scholar in Residence — Learn about the program, and the current scholar, projects, and research.
We all have a part to play in promoting the mental well-being and health of children, youth, and families.
- Stay up to date. Subscribe to our publications: Subscriptions.
- Contact a staff member. Use the Children, Youth & Family Consortium Contact Form.
- Donate. Make a contribution to the Children, Youth & Family Consortium Fund.
University of Minnesota established the Children, Youth & Family Consortium in 1992 to serve as a catalyst for creating authentic partnerships among community practitioners and University faculty and staff. CYFC is intentionally interdisciplinary. Its primary purpose is to create discussions and engage communities in identifying and finding solutions to issues facing children and families.
University President Nils Hasselmo charged CYFC founders with ensuring that the knowledge and resources of the University not remain on library shelves, but actively benefit Minnesota's children, youth, and families. For more than twenty-five years, and with the support of University administrators, faculty, and staff, CYFC has promoted the full use of research and education.
CYFC works through partnerships with communities and organizations to raise the profile of salient issues that children, youth, and families face. During this time, a sense of urgency has grown around children’s mental health, trauma and stress, health and education disparities, and healthy school environments. These have become areas of particular focus for CYFC.
With its capacity to build bridges between campus units, faculty, community practitioners, and policy professionals, CYFC joined University of Minnesota Extension as part of the Extension Center for Family Development in July 2010. The CYFC purpose continues as we work closely with our Extension partners in Minnesota and nationally to carry out our mission.