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Minnesota Walkabout Fellowship

The 2011-12 Minnesota Walkabout fellowship was a year-long effort to bring experienced youth workers together to generate more wisdom, language and leadership around youth worker preparation and practice in Minnesota. At both the state and national levels, a growing collection of standards, competencies, credentials and career pathways are being established to guide and standardize youth work preparation and practice. There are potential benefits, drawbacks and concerns to these systems. Read more about the Walkabout fellowship in our Youth Development Insight blog.

Initially presented with three questions, the fellows settled on two important issues for focus:

Walkabout fellows

Clockwise from lower left: Shaun Kelley Walsh, Lindsay Walz, Kari Denissen Cunnien, Deena McKinney, Jenny Wright Collins, Shaina Abraham, Cheryl Meld, Angel Peluso, Emily Schloesser.

The nine working papers produced by the fellows are organized around three themes—values, accountability and networks. They represent a truly Minnesotan view of these issues, grounded in practitioner wisdom.

Download the entire collection: Moving Youth Work Forward: Reflections on Youth-Centered Practice in Minnesota (1.3 MB PDF)

Download individual papers by clicking on links below.




Evaluation of this fellowship program

The purpose of this evaluation was to both support and capture the exploration process and its ripple effects in order to summarize benefits and impacts and to inform next steps and future related efforts. Specifically the evaluation was intended to support adaptive learning, document the emergent process, provide ongoing feedback, and capture ripple effects. Download the evaluation. (427K PDF)

The Walkabout fellowship was co-sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Education. The effort was led by Extension Center for Youth Development faculty Joyce Walker, Cece Gran and Kate Walker, Carol Thomas and Sheila Oehrlein of the department of education, and youth development consultant Janet Madzey Akale.
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