55 episodes

The Youth Development Podcast Series showcases staff from the University of Minnesota Extension, Center for Youth Development.
Youth professionals discuss research, theory and best practices in youth development. Topics include: youth programs, youth issues, volunteer development, citizenship and leadership, program quality, program evaluation, cultural diversity and social and emotional learning.

UMN EXT Youth Development Podcast U of M Extension Center for Youth Development

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    • 4.5, 2 Ratings

The Youth Development Podcast Series showcases staff from the University of Minnesota Extension, Center for Youth Development.
Youth professionals discuss research, theory and best practices in youth development. Topics include: youth programs, youth issues, volunteer development, citizenship and leadership, program quality, program evaluation, cultural diversity and social and emotional learning.

    Crucial Conversations during Crucial Times

    Crucial Conversations during Crucial Times

    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.

    • 21 min
    Make the "M" in STEM Exciting for Young People

    Make the "M" in STEM Exciting for Young People

    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.  Micheal discusses how to connect mathematics to the activities and interests youth are passionate about while providing opportunities to influence math-related careers.

    • 15 min
    Five tips to keep kids talking during stressful times

    Five tips to keep kids talking during stressful times

    In Episode 41, Trisha provided information on how to recognize the warning signs and 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 Just be there.

    • 12 min
    Four Ideas to Jump-start new and creative programming

    Four Ideas to Jump-start new and creative programming

    How can youth workers continue to build strong and creative programs during times of uncertainty and change?  Sam Grant, Evaluation Director, shares four ideas to jump-start new and creative  program planning when we’re forced to think differently about how we deliver those programs.  

    • 23 min
    How to foster social and emotional well-being while we're social distancing

    How to foster social and emotional well-being while we're social distancing

    How can we foster social and emotional well-being while social distancing?  Kate shares why Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and well-being is more important now than ever as she discusses the Ways of Being Model.  The model looks at how we navigate across the way of relating, ways of feeling, ways of doing and ways I am.

    • 20 min
    Creating Inclusive Environments for Special Needs Youth

    Creating Inclusive Environments for Special Needs Youth

    How do we ensure that we are creating environments that are inclusive for ALL young people in our programs?  To answer this question, Darcy shares seven tips for youth workers to consider while creating welcoming environments for youth programs.
    Link to resources: 4-h-volunteer.extension.umn.edu/resources/diversity-and-inclusion/special-needs

    • 22 min

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2 Ratings

bicyclingfish ,

Broad and Useful

This podcast really shows why UMN Extension is a national and international leader in youth development! With a broad range of episodes focused on a number of issues within youth development, this podcast highlights their expertise and experience throughout the US and beyond. I would like more brevity and levity though - let's make sure all this great info is accessible to the people who need it most, like youth workers and educators who don't have a lot of time and need these resources! Thanks for making a good podcast...

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