Youth development brown bag webinar series
Sponsored by University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development and North Dakota State University Center for 4-H Youth Development
Digging deeper into inquiry: Planning and carrying out science investigations in non-formal learning settings
April 17, 2013
Non-formal learning environments provide an exciting opportunity to help young people dig into a topic of interest or explore a scientific phenomenon. In this webinar, we will help you dig deeper into the process of inquiry by setting up opportunities for scientific investigation within your program. You will learn how to take observation-based questions and convert them into investigation-ready questions, and gain strategies for helping youth plan and carry out full scientific investigations. We will share ways that various programs have created these deeper learning experiences, and share useful reference materials.
Eyes on the future...young people as contributors to society
April 10, 2013
This webinar discussed service-learning as a program strategy to focus on youth workers understanding and applying a youth-adult partnership approach in non-formal learning environments. Presenters shared research, tools, and resources to help youth practitioners better understand their role.
Increasing youth program retention through program quality
Feb. 13, 2013
The MN 4-H Retention Study was commissioned to gather data to better understand how 4-H could improve its member retention rate. The study asked youth who left the program why they decided to join, stay, and ultimately leave 4-H. Webinar participants will hear about study results and be challenged to think about the implications for their youth organization.
Exploring inquiry & expanding learn-by-doing science (STEM)
Jan. 9, 2013
In this webinar, participants will explore key components of inquiry, strategies and tools for expanding learning, and resources to support staff and volunteers in their role as facilitators of inquiry. The webinar will review best practices, as well as what the new framework for K-12 science education has to say about the "practices" of science and engineering and its implications for non-formal education.
Adolescent brain development
Rachelle Vettern and Katie Tyler
Nov. 14, 2012
What makes adolescents “tick”? This webinar will start with the basics and include new research on adolescent brain development. Rachelle and Katie will explore what is known about adolescent brain development and how it affects how we work with adolescents and their parents.
Natural spaces: A place for positive youth development webinar
April 18, 2012
Research suggests that involving youth with nature can positively impact their health, well-being, sense of place and community. This webinar will explore the role of natural space and how to utilize it for effective positive youth development; it will include a focus on creating positive development experiences with nature during out of school time. Interactions in and with nature are instinctive for children and youth, and provide a strong foundation for supporting nature-engaged families. Participants will overview relevant research and explore strategies for nature-related youth programming.
Culturally Responsive Youth Work Matters
Josey Landrieu and Cece Gran
Feb. 8, 2012
Explore our own cultural biases and learn about how culturally responsive youth work practices can create a sense of belonging and empowerment in children and youth in our programs.
Supporting military youth and families
Amber Runke and Kia Harries
Dec. 14, 2011
When military parents are mobilized, their kids' lives are turned upside down. They experience increased levels of stress and potential separation anxiety. They are need of heightened understanding and support from caring adults /youth in their schools, afterschool programs, and the community where they spend a large portion of their day.
This webinar will focus on military culture, deployment cycle, the issues that military families face during deployment and practical ideas how community members can support the military youth and their families. We will also connect participants to online resources that have been developed as part of the Army/4-H Development project to support youth programming for military youth but could be easily adapted for any community youth program or organization.