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UMN EXT Youth Development Podcast

Youth workers discuss research, theory and best practices. Topics include: youth programs, youth issues, volunteer development, cultural diversity and social and emotional learning.

May 28, 2019

This podcast shares how to engage youth in meaningful ways to ensure they are developing skills and authentically feel like they have voice and choice in youth programs.Karen and Jan discuss 4 strategies to develop youth and adult partnerships:

  1. Developing positive relationships
  2. Mutually agreed upon expectations for...


Apr 25, 2019

Are issues around human rights relevant for young people today?

In this podcast, Kathryn discusses how she has provided a platform for youth to explore human rights and engage in topics that are important to them.  She shares insights for youth professionals to consider how to talk about important topics in youth...


Mar 14, 2019

Think of a time you tried an innovative, new approach to youth programming...  What made the change possible?

In this podcast, Rebecca Meyer shares her insights on factors that motivate innovation in youth programming and she describes a model that showcases 5 factors that support the sometimes messy process on...


Feb 28, 2019

Can you conduct focus groups in an online setting? 

In this "podcast within a podcast", Kari and Sam discuss how focus groups were conducted with 4-H adult volunteers in a web-based online environment.  Kari shares the background of this project, how the online focus groups were set-up and what was learned from...


Feb 14, 2019

This podcast features Extension educator, Joe Rand, who continues our conversation on how we can strive to be inclusive youth programs for LGBTQ youth.  Joe challenges programs to consider whether your organizational COMMITMENTS to providing safety and equal opportunities for all youth are aligned with program...