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UMN EXT Youth Development Podcast

University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development Extension educators discuss research, theory and best practices.

Topics include: youth programs, youth issues, evaluation, volunteer development, cultural diversity and social and emotional learning.

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Jan 7, 2018

LGBT youth living in rural areas have very few safe spaces for real interaction and self-identification. This makes their journey through sexual identification and "coming out" to family, friends and community more difficult.  In this podcast, Joe shares research on rural LGBT youth and their involvement in a GSA (Genders and Sexualities Alliance), clips from interviews he has conducted with young people, and suggestions for rural communities to provide safe spaces in their youth programs and schools.


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