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Extension > Youth Development > Training and events > Public symposia > Clearing the Air and Purifying the Water: What critical youth work looks like

Re-imagining Youth Work through an Equity Lens

Torie Weiston-Serdan and Morgen Campbell

Feb. 19, 2018
9 a.m. - 12 noon

New location!
University of Minnesota, St. Paul Campus
Continuing Education and Conference Center 

Free, but registration is required.
We chose a non-school day so that young people can attend!


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How can a critical perspective improve youth work? Marginalized youth deserve equitable access to meaningful youth development experiences, but many of us are unsure of how to effectively meet their needs. We can be slow to recognize that the shifting landscape of youth work requires bold and sweeping action. We need to think about youth work in innovative ways that include critical analysis of how race, gender, class and sexuality relate to our programming, goals and outcomes. Self-work, including equity and diversity training, is necessary to transform youth work.

This symposium will offer:

Scholar-activist and practitioner Torie Weiston-Serdan and youth co-facilitator and musician Morgen Campbell will lead us in a discussion of race theory, exploration of cultural competence and intersectionality, and a critical mapping activity. They will also guide strategy-building and action steps that we can immediately apply to our specific youth work contexts.

Want to dig deeper into critical mentoring? Torie Weiston-Serdan has worked extensively with community-based organizations in support of their youth advocacy efforts, specializing in training mentors to work with diverse youth populations including Black, Latinx, LGBTQQ, first generation college students and low-income youth. Join Torie and Morgen for Critical Mentoring in Real Life, an in-depth training following the symposium. This afternoon lunch and workshop is hosted by our partner MENTOR Minnesota. Get more information and sign up.


This symposium is a part of the three-year series on Equity & Youth Development sponsored by the Minnesota 4-H Foundation’s Howland Family Endowment for youth leadership development. This kickoff event is offered in partnership with MENTOR Minnesota and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities.
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