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Youth issues

Proactively educating youth and identifying trends in youth issues is a critical part of youth work. Learn ways to deal with various issues in your youth program.

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Youth Development Insight

Our faculty blog about research, issues and trends in the field. Join the conversation!

  • 7/17

    Becoming a trauma-informed youth program

  • Kyra Paitrick

    "Sam" is an American Indian youth in one of the 4-H clubs that I help lead. He doesn't participate in every meeting, but has stayed involved for two years. Sam is a natural leader. He has great ideas and has helped the club plan and carry out a meaningful service project.

    Sometimes, Sam comes in agitated and rambunctious, talking over others and derailing the meeting.

    Read more.


  • 5/17

    Safe spaces matter more than labels for LGBT youth

  • Joseph Rand

    In grad school, I often heard the term "queer" used to describe LGBT youth - without any negative connotation, just as a neutral term. I also have vivid memories from my younger days of being called queer as an insult.

    So when this word is used to describe the community I belong to, it often often trips me up.

    Read more.

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Reports & journal articles

The What, How, and Why of 21st Century Urban Youth Development

Produced by Extension: Josey Landrieu and Jessica Pierson Russo
This publication presents an overview of Minnesota's urban 4-H model for youth development. It illustrates how the model defines urban youth development, the elements of how to implement such a model, and the reasons why urban youth development can act as a vehicle to address educational disparities and provide meaningful and impactful learning opportunities to all young people. 2014.

Our past presentations

Trends in adolescent brain development: Implications for youth practice and policy

Abigail Baird and Laurence Steinberg
This symposium focuses on the latest findings from research on adolescent brain development, and the implications of this research for our field’s practice and policy work. 2012. Read more.
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