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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.

Sep 14, 2020

How do we, as youth workers, engage young people in important conversations about Race and racism?  And, why is it important that we do?  Listen to this podcast to learn how Minnesota 4-H Educators engaged young people in meaningful conversations about race and racism through a program called, "Let's Talk About Race". ...


Aug 6, 2020

In this podcast Karyn Santl shares how all adults, including youth workers, parents/guardians, teacher and neighbors, can role model our reactions to difficult times for youth so that we can all emerge more resilient and better able to face future challenges.  Karyn encourages us to focus our energy, shift our lens and...


Jun 18, 2020

In this podcast, Brenda Shafer shares tips on how to develop skills in having crucial conversations that are productive and successful.  She encourages listeners to start with heart, focus on what you really want, master your story, keep it "safe" and how to use contrasting statements to fix misunderstandings.

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Jun 11, 2020

What are ways that we can make Math exciting for young people through STEM programming? Educators and volunteers who lead experiences in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in non-formal and after-school settings will gain ideas on how to help youth overcome the negative attitudes they may have about math. ...


Jun 4, 2020

In Episode 41, Trisha provided information on how to recognize the warning signs and to help youth cope with stress.  In this Episode, she continues  that conversation with five tips on how to talk to youth during stressful times.  Those tips are: Be available, Stop and Listen, Think before you respond, Be patient, and...