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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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Mar 31, 2022

Youth can be effective in designing and implementing youth programs with adult guidance!  Karen Beranek and Jan Derdowski discuss the foundational research and models supporting authentic youth/adult partnerships while sharing real stories that bring this concept to life.

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Jan 30, 2020

In this podcast Becky shares how to encourage community in youth programs in order to have intentionality in program design and ensure success and impact.  She specifically shares the idea of establishing patterns of behaviors and planning for potential program shifts, research that grounds a positive youth...

Apr 19, 2018

How can we apply engineering to dog training?  Margo Bowerman uses her training experience with her dog, Orrie, as an inspiration to discuss the critical elements necessary to teach problem solving to young people.  The four critical elements are A System, Feedback, Time and Team.  She describes how we CAN "teach an old...

Jan 2, 2018

May 26, 2017

Margo examines the relationship between youth program quality improvement and intentional efforts around program design - all to support the development of social and emotional skills. Margo defines and gives examples of youth program quality and SEL in order to understand the distinction between the two...

Jan 2, 2018

March 20, 2017

"College prep" programs make an effort to instill in youth the desire to go to college and the hard skills to qualify, but it's not enough. They leave out something important - the young person, so many marginalized young people are still not ending up with degrees. Joanna discusses ways they include...