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Youth Work Matters Online

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The Youth Work Matters Online course takes an in-depth exploration into the foundational research and theories of positive youth development. It allows participants to interact with other youth development professionals from around the state, region and nation. Activities include synchronized group time and individual exploration.

Participants will interact with an online community to explore, wrestle and produce resources and skills for working with young people. The content comes from real youth work experience and strong research-based material, including the basic youth needs, ecological context, assets and resiliency, and experiential learning. 

Throughout Youth Work Matters Online, participants can expect to spend an average of 4-8 hours/week, or no more than 20 hours total.  Past participants report that they wish they had planned ahead and designated more time to devote to the course.  Expect to set aside time to average an equivalent of one day per week for the content of this class to have the full professional development experience. Both interactive and self-paced learning will be experienced by:

How it works:

Participants will engage with an online community to:

Cohort-based course:

Each week, 2-3 modules will be available for cohort participants. Setting aside time to work through course content is essential to this learning environment. Although the activities in each module for that week (pre-recorded presentation, forum discussion, readings, etc.) can be completed "on your own time", it is expected that all participants are keeping up with the content for that week.

There are also opportunities to learn together at the same time during this course. We will have three live webinars on Wednesdays, Feb. 3, 10, & 17 from 11a.m.- 12:30 p.m. (CT). Try to set aside this time to participate in the webinars.

Note: All webinars are recorded to view later in case you need to miss one.

What you’ll have when you walk away:


Technical Requirements:

Who should attend: Direct service providers, part-time staff and volunteers

Contacts: Kari Robideau and Anne Stevenson


Jan. 30 - Feb. 28, 2017

More details coming soon!

Cost: $100 (There is an additional $10 processing fee for individuals wishing to earn 2.0 CEUs administered by the University of Minnesota College of Continuing Education.)

People who have taken this course say:

"Where do I start? This course has given me the language/skills/tools to intentionally develop programming that keeps the young people central and to intentionally enhance dual learning between adults and youth with process, dialogue, and decision making."

"This workshop made me take a look back in many different ways on how I interact and how I can work with youth. I think it helped me open up and see youth in a different perspective by making me remember what it was like to be young again. I also thought there were a few great pieces on working with adults and thinking about how we can program differently.  It moves me from assuming the responsibility of having to plan activities/programs in order to provide opportunities for the youth to experience leadership (service). One obstacle to overcome is the emphasis that has been put on numbers. So much pressure has been put on 4-H PCs to grow the program in this way. I will be more intentional about selling "quality" to the stakeholders rather than "quantity". There is a risk in this, but if we don't take it, we are doing a disservice to the youth and the stakeholders, because we will not produce the results that we are claiming."

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