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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.

Upcoming webinars

What is your definition of American Indian?

Kyra Paitrick, University of Minnesota

Wednesday, May 11, 2016
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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 will uncover these differences among American Indian people and help the participants 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.



Young teens on campus: Preparing for higher education

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

Monday, May 23, 2016
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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 will highlight the lived experiences of the youth participants.



Youth as Assessors

Betsy Olson, Karyn Santl and Alneida Madrigal

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

This presentation will open a discussion about including youth as evaluators, drawing from an ongoing pilot project aimed at including youth in quality and 4-H improvement planning.





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