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Lessons from the Field

Meeting the Needs of Transgender Youth

Winter and Spring 2017

This year CYFC is hosting regional events for parents, educators, and professionals who work with families and youth beginning in January 2017. These interactional and workshop-based events will cover current research and prevailing perspectives that promote well-being among all youth.

Join Resident Scholar Jenifer McGuire, Ph.D., Regional SNAP-Ed Educator Nathan Hesse, and Extension Educator Cari Michaels, MPH as we explore how gender-inclusive environments can support positive body image, healthy nutrition, and physical and mental health.

Learning Objectives

Who Should Attend

These events are intended for parents, graduate students, and professionals who work with children, youth, and families. Professionals for whom these events may be especially relevant include social workers, educators, and health care professionals such as nurses, psychologists, public health workers, pediatric and primary care physicians, and mental health therapists whose work may include transgender youth.

Up to 6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for social workers.

Locations and Registration

Live events will be held at six locations throughout the state in early 2017. All events will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Morning, afternoon, and full day registration options are available.

Note: Registration is through Eventbrite. To attend only the morning session, select the first 9:00 a.m. option. To attend the full day, select the second 9:00 a.m. option.

All events are offered free of cost. Attendees who attend the full day (both morning and afternoon sessions) will receive lunch. Events are funded in part by the Center for Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Public Health.

Get more information and register for one of the upcoming events below.



  • 5/19 CYFCs Community Discussions on Transgender Issues in Greater Minnesota Exceed Expectations

    Since January 2017, University of Minnesota Extension faculty and staff have discussed issues facing transgender youth with 220 community members in greater Minnesota.

    The Lessons From the Field: Meeting the Needs of Transgender Youth series of events featured Dr. Jenifer K. McGuire, scholar in residence with Extensions Children, Youth & Family Consortium (CYFC), Nathan Hesse, SNAP-Ed educator, and Cari Michaels, Extension educator in CYFC. Events were held in five greater Minnesota communities: Bemidji, Morris, Saint Cloud, Grand Rapids, and Rochester. Each of these regional, free-to-participate community training opportunities attracted between 24 and 75 people with an interest in the topic of transgender youth that was professional, personal, or both. These numbers at times made for very cozy discussions, as our community hosts have not always expected such large turnouts.
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Related Resources

CYFC Scholar in Residence — Meet the 2016-17 CYFC Scholar and learn about this year’s activities.

The Transgender Toolkit — Use these videos, recent research articles, and links to community organizations to take your work to the next level.

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