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Youth development brown bag webinar series archive

Sponsored by University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development and North Dakota State University Center for 4-H Youth Development

The University of Minnesota Extension and North Dakota State University Extension have partnered to offer the youth development brown bag webinar series since 2010. The purpose is to provide research-based information on hot topics, trends, and innovative programmatic efforts on content relevant to youth practitioners over the lunch hour (11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. CST). The free webinar format provides professional development opportunities for people who work with youth without the cost and travel usually incurred with workshops and conferences. Participants are able to ask questions and get answers in real-time, while the presenter conducts interactive discussions, questions, and polls for sharing and applying the information to participants' work. These are web recordings of our past webinars.

Contact Kari Robideau or Sharon Query for more information.


Teen Technology Use: Putting data into practice

Sharon Query & Rachelle Vettern, North Dakota State University Extension

May 14, 2014

What motivates young people to choose to participate in risky behavior? Gain knowledge and understanding about the issues young people face, explore a new curriculum for youth and caregivers, and see new data regarding research about teen cell phone and internet use with particular emphasis on their experiences with sending or receiving sexually explicit messages or photos.

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Socio-Emotional Factors in Learning: Understanding to action

Dale Blyth & Kate Walker, University of Minnesota Extension

March 12, 2014

There is increasing evidence that social and emotional factors are critical to young people's success. There is, however, little agreement on which factors to assess or how best to support their development in either school and out of school programs. Learn about one state's initiative to build broader understanding of these factors, their importance and the status of assessing them in practice and policy. Session will include examples as well as resources to further work in this area.

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Engaging Youth in Decision Making

Carrie Olson, University of Minnesota Extension

Jan. 15, 2014

Good decision making skills are important tools for young people to possess both intrapersonally and interpersonally. Explore resources used to teach decision-making skills and how to effectively put youth to the test to practice these skills both independently and in group situations.

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Maintaining Motivation in Today’s Volunteers

Heidi Haugen, University of Minnesota Extension

Nov. 20, 2013

Volunteer retention and motivation are key to running a successful organization. Discover how to use "Points of Contact Analysis" to better establish a motivating atmosphere for new and current volunteers.

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Digging deeper into inquiry: Planning and carrying out science investigations in non-formal learning settings

Anne Stevenson & Andrea Lorek Strauss

April 17, 2013

Non-formal learning environments provide an exciting opportunity to help young people dig into a topic of interest or explore a scientific phenomenon. In this webinar, we will help you dig deeper into the process of inquiry by setting up opportunities for scientific investigation within your program. You will learn how to take observation-based questions and convert them into investigation-ready questions, and gain strategies for helping youth plan and carry out full scientific investigations. We will share ways that various programs have created these deeper learning experiences, and share useful reference materials.

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Eyes on the future...young people as contributors to society

Judith Conway & Nicole Pokorney

April 10, 2013

This webinar discussed service-learning as a program strategy to focus on youth workers understanding and applying a youth-adult partnership approach in non-formal learning environments. Presenters shared research, tools, and resources to help youth practitioners better understand their role.

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Increasing youth program retention through program quality

Becky Harrington & Trish Sheehan

Feb. 13, 2013

The MN 4-H Retention Study was commissioned to gather data to better understand how 4-H could improve its member retention rate. The study asked youth who left the program why they decided to join, stay, and ultimately leave 4-H. Webinar participants will hear about study results and be challenged to think about the implications for their youth organization.

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Exploring inquiry & expanding learn-by-doing science (STEM)

Anne Stevenson

Jan. 9, 2013

In this webinar, participants will explore key components of inquiry, strategies and tools for expanding learning, and resources to support staff and volunteers in their role as facilitators of inquiry. The webinar will review best practices, as well as what the new framework for K-12 science education has to say about the "practices" of science and engineering and its implications for non-formal education.

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Adolescent brain development

Rachelle Vettern and Katie Tyler

Nov. 14, 2012

What makes adolescents “tick”? This webinar will start with the basics and include new research on adolescent brain development. Rachelle and Katie will explore what is known about adolescent brain development and how it affects how we work with adolescents and their parents.

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Natural spaces: A place for positive youth development webinar

Rebecca Meyer

April 18, 2012

Research suggests that involving youth with nature can positively impact their health, well-being, sense of place and community. This webinar will explore the role of natural space and how to utilize it for effective positive youth development; it will include a focus on creating positive development experiences with nature during out of school time. Interactions in and with nature are instinctive for children and youth, and provide a strong foundation for supporting nature-engaged families. Participants will overview relevant research and explore strategies for nature-related youth programming.

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Culturally Responsive Youth Work Matters

Josey Landrieu and Cece Gran

Feb. 8, 2012

Explore our own cultural biases and learn about how culturally responsive youth work practices can create a sense of belonging and empowerment in children and youth in our programs.

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Supporting military youth and families

Amber Runke and Kia Harries

Dec. 14, 2011

When military parents are mobilized, their kids' lives are turned upside down. They experience increased levels of stress and potential separation anxiety. They are need of heightened understanding and support from caring adults /youth in their schools, afterschool programs, and the community where they spend a large portion of their day.

This webinar will focus on military culture, deployment cycle, the issues that military families face during deployment and practical ideas how community members can support the military youth and their families. We will also connect participants to online resources that have been developed as part of the Army/4-H Development project to support youth programming for military youth but could be easily adapted for any community youth program or organization.

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