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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 for more information.

2018 webinars

Relationships, Role Models and Rural LGBT Youth

Joe Rand, Extension educator

Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018

LGBT youth living in rural areas have very few safe spaces for real interaction and self-identification. This makes their journey through sexual identification and "coming out" to family, friends and community more difficult. In the webinar, Joseph Rand shares research on rural Minnesota LGBT youth and their involvement in a GSA (Genders and Sexualities Alliance) and provides suggestions for rural communities to provide safe spaces in their youth programs and schools.  During the webinar, a youth panel shared their stories and answered questions.

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Working with Youth to Set Rules and Boundaries

Brooke Hanson and Meagan Scott, assistant professor

Wednesday, May 16

This webinar focused on adults and adolescent youth working together to set developmentally appropriate rules and consequences and introduced teaching resources associated with the Boundaries and Boundaries Jr. curriculum available through the NDSU Extension Service.

Learning objectives for participants in this webinar

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Driven to Discover: Fostering Authentic Inquiry with Youth through Citizen Science

Rebecca Meyer and Andrea Lorek Strauss, Extension educators

Wednesday, June 13

This presentation focuses on the strategies utilized in multiple University of Minnesota Extension programs focused on engaging youth in citizen science. These programs focused on creating meaningful engagement in citizen science, and on specific strategies for intentionally creating positive, effective team learning environments while getting youth outdoors to engage in hands-on learning. Investing in these strategies will foster an effective learning environment which, in turn, will enable youth to better engage with the work of doing science.


2017 webinars

Addressing bullying in out-of-school youth development programs

Sue Quamme, 4-H youth development specialist and Amelia Doll, 4-H Agent, Burleigh County, NDSU

Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 

Research on bullying prevention and interventions in school settings is very common, but there is very little research about these behaviors outside of school.  This presentation will look at current bully prevention research and identify parts of this research that can be applied to out-of-school youth development programs.  Participants will gain an understanding of bullying prevention strategies useful for all ages and stages of youth in out-of-school programs. We will also take a look at how relational aggression, a form of bullying, can be identified and addressed.

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Social & emotional learning in practice: An online toolkit

Presented by Margo Herman, Extension educator and developed by Margo Herman & Kate Walker, Extension specialist in youth work practice

Sept. 13, 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. This webinar takes a tour through the toolkit's activities, templates and tools organized around four ways to help support staff and youth in SEL. Discover how to apply the activities in the SEL toolkit to your programming.

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Creating Partnerships with Tribal Nations

Kyra Paitrick and Dana Trickey, 4-H community program coordinators, Center for Youth Development, University of Minnesota Extension

May 10, 2017

Are you interested in collaborating with reservations or American Indian programs and organizations?  This webinar will focus on the barriers and strategies for creating partnerships with tribal nations. Kyra will share examples of how history plays into the work and will give information and first-hand examples of challenges that come from working with tribes. Participants will identify and evaluate their own approaches to building partnerships with tribal nations.

Kyra Paitrick is a descendent of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. She has earned her undergraduate in Ojibwe Language and Culture and Elementary Education from the College of St. Scholastica. She has a Master's degree in Environmental Education from Hamline University. She held positions as a childcare provider, teacher, and program coordinator. She currently works for the University of Minnesota Extension as a 4-H Community Program Coordinator, building youth development programming with the Fond du Lac Band.

Dana Trickey has a Bachelors of Science degree in Communication focusing on Cultural, Multicultural and International studies from the University of Minnesota. She held positions in student services at the University of Minnesota -Crookston, Native American related programs at the University of North Dakota and the Boys & Girls Club of the Leech Lake area. She spent her adult life learning alongside Ojibwe, Lakota and other elders. She shares her knowledge of birchbark-basket making, quillwork, Ojibwe culture and wild foods through culture camps and afterschool programs. She currently works for the University of Minnesota Extension as a 4-H program coordinator for the American Indian Youth Programs within and for the White Earth Nation.

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Program Planning + Volunteer Systems = Opportunities for Youth

Becky Harrington and Karyn Santl

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

When youth, adult volunteers and partners come together with staff to identify priorities for a program, powerful things happen for young people. Learn about Growing 4-H Opportunities Together: Volunteers in Vision and Action. It aligns two processes that are important in delivering meaningful youth development programs, which are program development and volunteer systems development. This webinar will share steps and tips to apply to any youth or community organization.

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Understanding Our Own Biases to Better Interact with Youth

Lindsey Leker, Extension Specialist in Science, Center for Youth Development, NDSU Extension

Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017

Implicit bias is an unconscious short cut our brain uses to make quick decisions. This presentation explains why individuals working with youth should be aware of implicit bias and how it can influence interactions with youth belonging to a minority group. The brain develops unconscious biases over many years of exposure to the media, peers, and parenting. There are many misunderstandings of what implicit bias is and that implicit attitudes can be controlled. Experience a well-known online experiment on implicit attitudes, review environmental factors that have contributed to implicit bias and learn about your own biases.

Lindsey Leker is the 4-H youth development specialist in science at North Dakota State University. She coordinates science programming for youth ages 5 to 18 and the role science plays in their lives, including career development. Her Ph.D research focuses on achievement gaps among minority groups and females in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in elementary school and high school. Prior to Lindsey's employment at NDSU, she taught social and brain science at various universities in the Fargo/Moorhead area.

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2016 webinars

Youth As Assessors: Engaging Youth in Program Improvement

Betsy Olson, Karyn Santl and Alneida Madrigal

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Explore how youth in programs could be the resource needed to improve program quality! This webinar refers to an ongoing pilot project aimed at including youth in program evaluation and 4-H program improvement planning, and highlights current research regarding the impacts of participatory evaluation practices with young people. It outlines best practices, investigates the important elements of youth-adult partnerships to engage youth in evaluation and assessment projects, and leaves participants with some strategies that can help build participatory evaluation practices into any youth program.

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Young teens on campus: Preparing for higher education

Joanna Tzenis and Jennifer Skuza, Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Monday, May 23, 2016

Want to help youth succeed? Get them on a college campus! Drawing on research from the fields of youth development and education, this presentation explores the University of Minnesota Extension 4-H Campus Immersion Experience program model and the way in which it addresses the educational attainment gap. The 4-H Campus Immersion Experience is a residential campus experience at the University of Minnesota designed for young teens who experience educational barriers. Campus immersion participants immerse themselves in campus life by exploring STEM fields with university faculty and staff, building relationships with college-going counselors, making educational plans, and by enjoying student life by staying in dorms and eating in the cafeteria. The presenters highlight how elements of the program model (e.g. University-Community partnerships, research-based curriculum) foster youth abilities to pursue their educational aspirations amidst barriers and discuss how these elements might be replicated. Additionally, by sharing preliminary evaluation and research findings, the presenters highlight the lived experiences of the youth participants.

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What is your definition of American Indian?

Kyra Paitrick, University of Minnesota

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Within the American Indian community, there are subgroups of people that have many different life experiences. Some American Indian people live by traditional, spiritual life-ways, while others assimilate into dominant society. Some have a strong "native look", while others have light skin and hair. Some are fluent in their native language, while others do not know more than five words. This webinar uncovers these differences among American Indian people and helps build a better understanding of what it means to be American Indian.

Kyra Paitrick is a descendant of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Ojibwe Language and Culture Education, Elementary Education and American Indian Studies. She is currently finishing her Master's Degree in Environmental Education. Prior to her current work as a 4-H Community Program Coordinator for the Fond du Lac Reservation Community, Kyra was an American Indian Education Teacher. She is affiliated with the Blandin Foundation and Minnesota Master Naturalist.

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Utilizing a Flipped Classroom to Train Teen Teachers

Amber Shanahan and Emily Fulton-Fischer, University of Minnesota Extension

Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016

The 4-H Youth Teaching Youth program trains teen teachers in high school to deliver curricula to students in elementary and middle schools on topics including character building and healthy living. The role of a teen teacher in this cross-age program requires classroom management skills, curriculum insight, and a basic understanding of public speaking.  However, training time is often limited due to the competitive nature of a teen’s schedule. This webinar will explore a pilot model being used to accommodate the need for more flexibility and versatility for training teen teachers. A flipped classroom approach allows youth to watch self-study modules (using their phone, tablet, or computer) prior to attending in-person training. Then, the in-person training provides a space for deeper practice, reflection, application, and conversation. Participants will gain an understanding of this training approach and gain ideas of how it can translate to other youth work settings where training is necessary, but time is limited.

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2015 webinars

Getting Down to the Nitty Gritty: Grit and the cultivation of a growth mindset

Rachelle Vettern, Ph. D. and Alison Brennan, NDSU Extension

Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015

What is grit? How is it related to other qualities, such as self-control? How can we help youth become "grittier"? This webinar will review recent scholarship on grit, including limitations and criticism of the "grit narrative". The relationships among grit, self-control, talent, passion for personal interests, and implicit theories of intelligence will be explored. The webinar will conclude with suggestions for cultivating a growth mindset.

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Mentorship (re)explained…

Joshua Kukowski & Brian McNeil, University of Minnesota Extension

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Mentors and mentorship are hot topics! While everyone may agree that this is a fundamental reason for success for our youth, what exactly does this mean? When you dig a little deeper, things are not what they seem. We will pull apart some myths, as well as look at the latest research and best practices in an interactive and thought-provoking session that will challenge the way you think about mentoring. Participants will gain knowledge about mentorship to help strengthen current programs and/or develop a new program.

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Changing Adolescent Healthy Living Behavior through Mentoring

Judith Conway & Carrie Olson, University of Minnesota Extension

Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015

What happens when partners come together around a vision to make a difference in the lives of young people? A program designed by staff within the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development invited Southwest Minnesota State University health sciences, the local YMCA and middle school around a program design entitled, Science and Movement (S.A.M) 4-H Club field test pilot. This research field study brought seventh grade youth and health science college students together in a ten-week after school mentoring program utilizing research associated with quality programming. The youth objectives included increase in behavior change around healthy living, awareness of post-secondary options, and community connection. For college students, the results of this research study found that utilizing mentoring as a service-learning strategy became a powerful way to give deeper meaning to a college student’s educational experience. This webinar will allow you to interact and learn from other webinar participants.

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2014 webinars

Using Technology to Build Capacity in Volunteer Programs

Molly Frendo, University of Minnesota Extension

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014

Research indicates that nearly one-third of volunteers choose not to continue their service due to poor management practices. Some of the critical practices for volunteer administrators have become increasingly difficult due to budget constraints. This webinar will explore how to better manage volunteers using educational technology and social media to increase organizational capacity.

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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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2013 webinars

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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2012 webinars

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 use 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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2011 webinars

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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