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Jessica Pierson Russo

Extension educator

Current work, research and interests

Jessica RussoJessica provides leadership to the Urban Youth Development Office, which is part of the Extension Center for Youth Development. In this role, Jessica drives the work of the office to develop, pilot, and share successful models, approaches, and resources for improving the learning and leadership of urban young people. Jessica is also principal investigator for the Minnesota 4-H Mentoring Program, a grant from National 4-H and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Jessica is a certified language arts teacher and a naturalist and has worked with youth in public, private, and alternative schools, in both formal and nonformal settings across the US since 1997.

Academic degrees and experience

Selected publications

Skuza, J. & Russo, J.  (2017). WeConnect: A global youth citizenship curriculum. 2nd Ed. St. Paul: Regents of the University of Minnesota.

Landrieu, J., & Russo, J.P. (2014). The what, how, and why of 21st century urban youth development. Reclaiming Children and Youth, 23.3, 48-52.

Russo, J.P. (2011). Big Urban Woods 4-H Club. In Ripberger, C., & Blalock, L.B. 4-H Science in Urban Communities: Promising Practices Guide. Rutgers University.

Skuza, J., & Russo, J. (2008). Capturing youth voice to assess learning in urban youth development programs. Journal of Youth Development, 2 (3).

Skuza, J., Russo, J., Gates, E., Kawase, M. (2007). Urban youth lead: Becoming the authors of their lives. St. Paul: Regents of the University of Minnesota.

Skuza, J., Russo, J., & Cogshell, N. (2007). Urban youth learn: Developing effective out-of-school time programs. St. Paul: Regents of the University of Minnesota.

Urban Youth Development Office, St. Paul

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