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Molly Frendo

Former Extension educator

Current work, research and interests

Molly Frendo PhotoMolly Frendo is an Extension educator in Youth Development focused on integrating technology and distance learning into the 4-H Youth Development program. She aims to better meet the communication and learning needs of youth using the tools they frequent, as research shows the vast majority of youth go online from a mobile device at least daily. Molly works with content area teams in the Center for Youth Development to develop innovative approaches to meeting young people, including 4-H Online Adventures, flipped classroom approaches, and more. Additionally, Molly is an active board member of the Minnesota Association of Volunteer Administrators.

Prior to transitioning to this role, Molly provided statewide leadership to volunteer systems development and management. She is recognized nationally for her experience using technology to connect with 21st century volunteers, improving volunteer management practice through the use of technology, the use of virtual communities to support volunteer retention, and building staff capacity in using technology to deliver programming.

Academic degrees and experience

Selected publications

Frendo, M. (2017). Exploring the role of virtual communities in volunteer relatedness. International Journal of Volunteer Administration. (forthcoming)

Robideau, K. & Frendo, M. (2015). Tips for Online Learning: Using Discussion Boards to Enhance your Online Learning. White Paper, University of Minnesota Extension, Center for Youth Development.

Frendo, M., Quirk, M., Miller, D., Weis, M., & Straub, T. (2015). The sky is not falling…yet! Ten strategies for shorter-term volunteers. e-Volunteerism Journal XVI (1).

Bottomley, L., Frendo, M., EldenBrady, A., Sisung, C., & Tremonti, J. (2012) Ready to go: Mentor training toolkit. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Extension.

Frendo, M. (2013). Self-determination theory: A framework for understanding volunteer motivation and retention. International Journal of Volunteer Administration XXIX (3), 4- 12.

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