Minnesota communities are experiencing phenomenal growth of ethnic and cultural diversity. Learn ways to develop cultural competencies in your youth program.
Culturally Responsive Youth Work Matters (YD Brown Bag Webinar Series)
Explore our own cultural biases and learn how culturally responsive youth work practices can create a sense of belonging and empowerment in children and youth in our programs. 2012
The Role of Race and Ethnicity in Mentoring Relationships
An overview of research about the effects of gender, age, ethnicity and culture on mentoring. Sanchez provides examples of how these factors may have different influences on outcomes for specific groups of youth. 2007
Reports & articles
Examining the Potential of Community-Based After-School Programs for Latino Youth
Results are presented from two pilot studies examining the potential influence of community-based after-school programs (ASPs) on regionally diverse Latino youth of varying ages. 2010
The After-School Needs and Resources of a Low-Income Urban Community: Surveying Youth and Parents for Community Change
Using a collaborative research approach, this project describes a partnership between community residents and university researchers to develop a comprehensive survey of the after-school needs of a low-income urban community in a large Midwestern city. 2010
Gender, Ethnicity, Development, and Risk: Mentoring and the Consideration of Individual Differences (PDF)
Journal article on how the effectiveness of mentoring programs may be affected by each protege's culture, age and gender. 2006
Bringing Youth Programs to Targeted Areas (PDF)
A University of Minnesota Extension educator describes how a community-based youth development organization reaches underserved populations with accessible and high-quality programming during nonschool hours. 2002
Ready by 21 initiative
Ready by 21 provides leaders with proven tools and resources based on the knowledge and experience of top thinkers from across the country. Take advantage of blueprints, surveys, how-to guides, Webinars, in-depth coaching and technical assistance to ensure the success of your initiative.
A database of research-based youth development materials, particularly for at-risk audiences. Includes curricula, new and seminal research, technology and program evaluation resources.
Harvard Family Research Project
Research on more effective youth development practices, programs, and policies.
Indian Country Extension
Cooperative Extension work that occurs on American Indian reservations nationally.
Research-based solutions to challenges facing young people.