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Podcast series

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The Youth Development Podcast Series is free and showcases staff discussing research, theory and best practices in youth development. Topics include: youth programs, youth issues, volunteer development, citizenship and leadership, program quality, program evaluation, cultural diversity and social and emotional learning.

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Episode 11: Support Volunteer Motivation with Technology

Molly Frendo, Extension educator - distance learning technology

Recorded live from the National Extension Conference on Volunteerism 2017 (NECV), Molly Frendo discusses research and best practices for using technology when communicating with volunteers. Two ways of using technology are highlighted:

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Episode 10: Getting Intentional About SEL

Kate Walker, associate Extension professor

March 24, 2017

Social and emotional learning (SEL) includes learning to be aware of and manage emotions, work well with others, and work hard when faced with challenges. Youth programs develop SEL skills by creating opportunities for young people to engage in real-world projects, work in teams, take on meaningful roles, face challenges and experience the emotional ups and downs that come along the way. Kate Walker discusses a free online SEL toolkit that includes activities, templates and tools organized around four ways to help support staff and youth in SEL.

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Episode 9: We can prepare youth for college, but not in the way you think!

Joanna Tzenis, Extension educator

March 20, 2017

"College prep" programs make an effort to instill in youth the desire to go to college and the hard skills to qualify, but it's not enough. They leave out something important - the young person, so many marginalized young people are still not ending up with degrees. Joanna discusses ways they include research around aspirations, future orientation, and social inequalities into the 4-H campus immersion program design.

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Episode 8: Five ways to measure youth-adult connections

Betsy Olson, Extension educator

Feb. 17, 2017

Informal support networks with non-related adults are important resources for youth. Positive connections results in positive outcomes for youth. Betsy suggests five ways to measure strong connections between youth and adults.

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Episode 7: Is there a Leadership Gap?

Brian McNeil, Extension educator and special guest, Kia Harries, regional director

Dec. 19, 2016

Do you ever hear this complaint from local leaders: "There are no young people stepping forward to replace me on this committee!"? They seem frustrated that they can't leave a community committee because there's no one to replace them. This Podcast discusses, is there really a leadership gap, and if so, why?

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Episode 6: How to Fail at Storytelling

Samantha Grant, Evaluation director

Dec. 8, 2016

Storytelling is powerful. Most youth workers know that, but so often miss the opportunities to gather and tell meaningful stories about youth programs. Sam Grant shares her thoughts on the four ways we mess up storytelling: (1) we make the story about our organization, (2) we want the story to be perfect, (3) we have the story but nothing to back it up, and (4) we try to appeal to emotions and end up victimizing our customers.

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Episode 5: Why Equity Matters in Youth Development

Kathryn Sharpe, Extension educator

Nov. 21, 2016

As the demographic makeup of the U.S. undergoes a sea change of diversification, 4-H and other national historical legacy youth development organizations face a critical question: What will it take to stay relevant in the 21st Century? We must work for equity, and achieving equity requires us to address root issues such as balance of power, access to programs and opportunity, allocation of resources and decision-making power. We must also recognize that we are dealing with layers of implicit bias that have accumulated over all the years of the organization’s history. Kathryn offers 3 practical strategies for organizations to consider.

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Episode 4: Growing 4-H Opportunities Together:
Volunteers in Vision and Action

Karyn Santl and Becky Harrington, Extension educators

Sept. 30, 2016

Growing 4-H Opportunities Together: Volunteers in Vision and Action (GOT:VIVA) intentionally aligns two processes that are central to delivering meaningful youth development programs: program development and volunteer systems development. This process relies on a team approach that engages local 4-H program staff and Extension educators working within the region.

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Episode 3: 5 C's to Nurturing Relationships with Volunteers

Becky Harrington, Extension educator and Mary Jo Lohmeier, program coordinator

Sept. 29, 2016

Building successful long-term volunteer relationships are vital to ensuring a programs’ sustainability and vitality. This podcast focuses on working shoulder to shoulder with volunteers and finding ways to build relationships that result in volunteer retention. Successful long-term volunteer relationships, based on the five C’s: Communicate, Clearly define needs, Create climate of trust and honesty, Choose your battles, and Compromise, are shared. Becky and Mary Jo share personal examples, tools, and resources.

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Episode 2: 10 Essential Elements of Cross-age Teaching

Amber Shanahan, Extension educator

Sept. 29, 2016

For more than 30 years, Youth Teaching Youth has been a prime example of a cross-age teaching program. In cross-age teaching, teens are not just assisting an adult teacher or informally sharing experiences,but facilitating an entire learning experience by teaching curriculum and fully managing a group of younger peers. Cross-age teaching can also enhance social and emotional learning for both teacher and learner. Youth workers often ask those of us on the 4-H YTY team how they might start a cross-age teaching program of their own. Chances are, your program is already infusing some components, but there are 10 essential elements you need to define in order to do this well.

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Episode 1: Paying it Forward, with Mentoring or Mocha

Josh Kukowski, Extension educator

Sept. 27, 2016

There are now 15 years' worth of research proving that mentoring helps young people succeed. But mentors do it because they just know. Listen as Josh shares his knowledge and experience on why and how mentoring works!

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People who have subscribed to this podcast series say:

"I really enjoyed each episode. There was a good variety of research and facts presented, along with people's personal stories to keep the material relevant and interesting! I am a podcast nerd so these will be great. I think they will also help remind me about the "bigger picture" and the overall goal of promoting positive youth development within my role."

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