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Upcoming training

Mapping Social Emotional Learning in Youth Programs

This advanced workshop is designed for program leaders ready to develop a deeper understanding of how their existing program offerings align to social and emotional skill building.

Oct. 25, 2016, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., St. Paul

Global Citizenship Starts with your Neighbor: Strategies for working with youth

Regional forums are designed to bring the latest research on youth development to communities and make a difference in the understanding of what we do and need to do with youth.

Nov. 15, 2016, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., St. Joseph

Culturally Responsive Youth Work Matters

Examines and develops the concept of creating inclusive youth programs. Participants will explore their own and other cultural identities and examine how these critical elements impact interactions with youth.

Nov. 17, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Mankato

Available training

Foundational research-based face-to-face learning. The following trainings are available via contract. Contact us for more information.

Culturally Responsive Youth Work Matters

Integrates the principles of positive youth development and an understanding of the development of an intercultural mindset and skill set in creating a culturally responsive practice.

Dilemmas in Youth Work

Explores research on the dilemmas of youth work. Participants examine, discuss, and respond to these situations, and develop youth-centered strategies for addressing dilemmas in their own work that better meet the developmental needs of youth.

Intentional Program Design Matters

Examines how effective program design and content can be matched with positive youth development principles and program outcomes.

Leadership Matters

Explores the key issues in supervision and leadership of youth work organizations including leadership vs. management, strengths based leadership and core competencies for youth workers and youth work supervisors.

Social and Emotional Learning in Practice

Develop practical strategies to infuse social and emotional learning opportunities and growth into existing program content.


A program model and curriculum designed to show young people that they are participants in a global society and to prepare them to thrive in culturally diverse settings.

Youth Engagement Matters

Explores a research framework, Rings of Engagement, which outlines four types of youth engagement and youth-adult partnerships.

Youth Work Matters

Explores the foundational research and theories of positive youth development and applies course content to participants’ work with youth.

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