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 13: The relationship between youth program quality and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)
Margo Herman, Extension educator
Margo examines the relationship between youth program quality improvement and intentional efforts around program design - all to support the development of social and emotional skills. Margo defines and gives examples of youth program quality and SEL in order to understand the distinction between the two and how they can support each other.
Joe Rand, Extension educator
For LGBT youth, access to safe spaces is a crucial part of development and exploring self-identity. Joe Rand discusses why this is a fundamental concern for youth programs. He shares 3 resources (GLSEN, Teaching Tolerance, WeConnect) and examples of activities he uses to educate about creating and maintaining safe environments for LGBT youth.
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:
- Enhancing communication between staff and volunteers
- Using social media to recognize volunteers and share timely resources
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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."