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Youth Development brown bag webinar series

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. CT). 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.

This webinar series is free to participants, but registration is required.

Direct questions to Kari Robideau.

Understanding Our Own Biases to Better Interact with Youth

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

Jan. 18, 2017, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. CT

This presentation will explain why individuals working with youth should be aware of implicit bias and how implicit bias can, unknowingly, influence interactions with youth belonging to a minority group. Implicit bias is an unconscious short cut our brain uses to make quick decisions. The brain develops unconscious biases over many years of exposure to environmental influences such as the media, peers, and parenting. There are many misconceptions of what implicit bias actually is, and that one can control their implicit attitudes. This presentation will present a well-known online experiment on implicit attitudes and show participants that they may not be aware of their own biases. The presentation will also review environmental factors that have likely contributed to implicit bias.

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 research for her Ph.D. is focusing on achievement gaps among minority groups and females in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects in grade 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.




Program Planning + Volunteer Systems = Opportunities for Youth

Presenters: Becky Harrington and Karyn Santl

March 8, 2017, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. CT

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, which intentionally aligns two processes that are central to delivering meaningful youth development programs: program development and volunteer systems development.  This webinar will share steps and tips to apply to any youth or community organization.

Registration coming soon!


Creating Partnerships with Tribal Nations

Presenter: Kyra Paitrick, 4-H Community Program Coordinator, Center for Youth Development, University of Minnesota Extension

May 10, 2017, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. CT

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 historical context plays into the work and give first-hand experiences of challenges and learning that has come from working with tribes. Participants will also 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 and her Master's degree in Environmental Education from Hamline University. She has held positions as a childcare provider, teacher and program coordinator. She currently works in the University of Minnesota Extension as a 4-H Community Program Coordinator, building youth development programming with the Fond du Lac Band.





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