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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...

Jan 2, 2018

November 15, 2017

A follow up to episode 4 and recorded live at the NAE4-HA Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana! Becky and Karyn share five recommendations on how youth programs can increase and improve volunteer impact from work they've done with GOT-VIVA (Growing 4-H Opportunities Together: Volunteers in Vision and...

Jan 2, 2018

October 2017

It's National 4-H Week and we are celebrating in Minnesota! Listen to this podcast as 4-H'ers from Hubbard County, Minnesota share why they love 4-H and the experiences that have helped them develop leadership skills.



Jan 2, 2018

August 31, 2017

What is a scientist? What do they look like? Answer: Me!  In this podcast, Anne Stevenson describes the curriculum "Be a Scientist! Materials in a Green, Clean World" that actively engages K-2nd grade children in learning about material properties, plastics, sustainability and the work of scientists and...

Jan 2, 2018

Summer 2017

This podcast continues our "fair" theme from Episode 15, but this time 4-H Staff highlight YOUTH experience as it relates to their shining star moments. Listen as Katie Becker, Melissa Persing, Lisa Bauer, Kelsey Wolf and Rebecca Rasmussen share stories about youth voice, leadership, teamwork, and growth...