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Thursday, September 15, 2016

From the director

This week, the First Generation Task Force held webinars to present the recommendations from the report.  A link was provided for the more detailed report.  Because of the nature of the report and its significance to moving the First Generation initiative effort forward, actions steps and strategies have been  incorporated  into specific team functions as we begin the next three year planning cycle.

The YDLT has been working diligently to finalize a document related to teams for the 2016-18 planning cycle.  Unlike the last planning cycle, the First Generation Initiative team is the only one identified.  The other teams are defined as function teams or role teams.  Clear deliverables have been defined for each team.

Committee co-chairs have been assigned to each team and educators have self-selected through regional negotiations which team they will serve.

It is our intentions to inform you of the web link next week.

It is my hope and belief that the teams’ charges and deliverables will help us achieve our leading and learning outcomes for youth and adults, engage first generation youth and their families, while moving forth our benchmarks of higher education, diversity and 21st Century skills.

Dorothy McCargo Freeman
Associate dean & state 4-H director

Urban 4-H STEM Programs receive esteemed recognition at the Minnesota State Fair

Urban 4-H STEM clubs were recognized for their innovation in STEM education at the 2016 Minnesota State Fair. The University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development Urban 4-H Office has increased its efforts to develop an Urban 4-H STEM model that is intended to youths’ interests in learning about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) while preparing them for higher education.

The Splash Screen project in Hennepin County was presented with a certificate signed by Governor Dayton (present to them by Commission Baden) at STEM day at the Fair for their accomplishments in protecting Minnesota’s watersheds.

Urban 4-H STEM Clubs with a focus on engineering received an $11,000 donation from AT&T foundation. Minnesota AT&T President Paul Weirtz and Senator Dan Sparks presented the check to the 4-H youth: Event coverage ; Online story

The Ramsey County Awesome Mustaches were featured in a segment of TPT Almanac. Youth showcased their Rube Goldberg machine and described the engineering process.

Joanna Tzenis
Extension Educator

4-H at the Minnesota State Fair

Pioneer Public Television will be broadcasting "4-H at the Minnesota State Fair" on Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. Mark your calendar now.

Dorothy Freeman
Associate dean & state 4-H director

Webinar Teaching Opportunity: Proposals due Oct. 7

Proposals to teach a Youth Development Brown Bag Webinar in the 2017 January, March or May Youth Development brown bag"webinar series are now being accepted.

The brown bag webinar series has been organized collaboratively with NDSU since 2010 to give youth development staff from our two states a platform to increase skills as a webinar presenter and share our work with youth practitioners at a national level.   Therefore, lead presenters must be youth development faculty or staff from the U of M Extension or NDSU Extension. Co-presenters may be from other universities, agencies, etc.

The topic of the webinar must be relevant to youth practitioners and appropriate for a 1.5 hour presentation. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Hot topics/issues in youth development
  • Trends in youth development research
  • Innovative programmatic efforts, strategies and/or lessons learned in youth development
  • Content from a new curriculum/resource for youth or adults working with youth. (Needs to be available for free or purchase.)

Proposals must be received by Friday, October 7. The proposals will be peer-reviewed and presenters will be notified end of October. 

If you have any questions or want to talk through your idea please contact:

Kari Robideau, Extension Educator, U of M Extension, or 218-236-2013
Meagan Scott, Assistant Professor/4-H Youth Development Specialist, NDSU Extension,, 701-231-7964

Direct link to proposal form:

Kari Robideau
Extension educator

Challenging volunteer behavior webinar series: Save the dates today!

To equip staff to manage challenging volunteer behaviors, the state volunteer systems team is hosting a three-part webinar series this fall and winter:
  1. Thursday, Sep. 2910 - 11:30 a.m.Retaining Volunteers by Nurturing Relationships - Mari Jo Lohmeier and Rebecca Harrington
  2. Monday, Dec. 5, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.Addressing Challenging Volunteer Behavior Using the Firefighter Approach - Patrick Jirik and Sharon Davis
  3. Thursday, Jan. 12 (2017), 1 - 2 p.m.Talking with Volunteers When Times are Tough - Heidi Haugen and Patrick Jirik
​​Session 1 - Retaining Volunteers by Nurturing Relationships - Mari Jo Lohmeier and Rebecca Harrington

Thursday, Sep. 2910 - 11:30 a.m.
WebEx Meeting number:​ 744 792 426
Direct link to webinar

Description: Building successful long-term volunteer relationships is vital to ensuring our 4-H programs’ sustainability and vitality. This webinar will focus on working shoulder to shoulder with volunteers and finding ways to build relationships that result in volunteer retention. Presenters will briefly share the research that supports relationship-building as a means to volunteer retention. They will also reveal secrets of successful long-term volunteer relationships based on the five C’s: Communicate, Clearly define needs, Create climate of trust and honesty, Choose your battles, and Compromise. Participants will explore their volunteer program and examine sources of opportunity, recognition as a communication tool, and strategies for building cooperation with volunteers. Presenters will share personal examples, tools, and resources to help participants create a plan to implement simple, practical steps to develop true teamwork.

Descriptions​ and webinar links​ for the second and third sessions will be shared as the dates come closer. Please consider saving those dates and times for now.

Heidi Haugen
Extension educator

YD in the news

  • AT&T Grant aims to help students explore STEM careers. U of M’s Extension 4-H Foundation is mentioned. Read the full article.
  • Kickin' It: President Kaler visits the State Fair, talks upcoming school year University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler attended the Minnesota State Fair last week, touring several University of Minnesota exhibits alongside University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank. Read the full article.
  • 4-H State Ambassadors show a passion for leadership
    A team of real leaders keeps it all on track, both at the fair and throughout the year. These are the Minnesota 4-H State Ambassadors. Read the full article.
  • 4-H ambassadors Lucia and Laura share their stories, KARE-11, Sept. 7, while 4-H'er Lizzy posts a video story on 4-H and the State Fair to City Pages, Sept. 9.  

4-H Quality Coaches Training Nov. 30 - Dec. 1

4-H Quality Coaches Training will be held November 30 (10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) and December 1 (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.) on the St. Paul Campus - Cherrywood Room, Student Center.  If you have not attended this training yet - now is your chance!


Class Description:
Improving program quality is a part of our daily business in 4-H and must happen at all levels. The Center for Youth Development offers a two-day training to help prepare staff to assess, plan and coach local programming in regions and counties.  This class will help staff define quality at the point of service (where young people and adults meet inside of a program) and how to use the Youth Program Quality Assessment (YPQA) tool to assess youth program quality with a local team of youth and volunteers. Participants will learn how to use observational methods, score and report to your local programs, and facilitate an action plan for improving quality. The YPQA is a nationally recognized observational measurement tool that provides a valid and reliable way to assess program quality.

How it works:
Review the basics of the observational method.
View video to score a YPQA.
Teach the discovery and action planning process.

What you’ll have when you walk away:
Deepen your understanding of the research on program quality and the YPQA tool.
Prepare to use the YPQA as a self-assessment method to assess, plan and improve.

Review the resources available to support this work locally.

Registrations are being accepted until Friday, November 18.

If you have further questions, please contact Karen Beranek ( or Jan Derdowski (

Karen Beranek
Extension educator

Youth Work in a Shared Global Community

Sept. 22 in Duluth, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Free registration for you!

Come to the Northeast’s youth forum to learn more about Youth Work in a Shared, Global Community.  Increased immigration and resettlement, technology, and media bring the corners of our world ever closer, while fostering diversity within our communities. Global citizenship skills are more important than ever.  As youth workers, we have a shared responsibility to prepare young people for global citizenship and to learn to work constructively across difference.  We also need to ensure that our programs are relevant, accessible, and welcoming to all youth.

After Dr. Jennifer Skuza's keynote on global citizenship, three breakout sessions will be offered that will deepen your learning of the cultural aspects of youth work, in the unique context of youth work management and leadership, and approaching ethical dilemmas we face in our work with young people.

Click here for more information. Click here to go directly to the registration page.  Use the discount code GUEST to register without cost OR indicate that you are a YIPA member (which, as an Extension employee, you are!).

Heidi Haugen
Extension educator 

Youth worker training: Upcoming training and events

Social Emotional Learning in Practice

This action-based training builds fluency and understanding of how to support social emotional learning (SEL).

Sept. 15, 2016, 9 a.m. - noon, St. Paul

Youth Work in a Shared Global Community

Increased immigration and resettlement, technology, and media bring the corners of our world ever closer, while fostering diversity within our communities.As youth workers, we have a shared responsibility to prepare young people for global citizenship and to learn to work constructively across difference.

Sept. 22, 2016, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Duluth

Global Citizenship and White Privilege

Participants will begin to explore and understand systemic racism and the advantages associated with racial identity, with a focus on the system (versus the individual) and awareness building (versus action planning).

Oct. 20, 2016, 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Marshall

Mapping Social Emotional Learning in Youth Programs

This advanced workshop is designed for program leaders ready to develop a deeper understanding of how their existing program offerings align to social and emotional skill building.

Oct. 25, 2016, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., St. Paul

Regional Forum in St Cloud - Save the date - Nov. 15, 2016

Brown bag webinars

Provides research-based information on hot topics, trends, and innovative programmatic efforts on content relevant to youth practitioners over the lunch hour. Topics will be announced in November.

  • Jan. 18, 2017 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. CT
  • March 8, 2017 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. CT
  • May 10, 2017 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. CT

Youth Work Matters Online

This online class takes an in-depth exploration into the foundational research and theories of positive youth development.

Jan. 30 - Feb. 27, 2017

Leadership Matters Online

This online class takes an in-depth exploration into the key issues in supervision and leadership of youth work organizations.

Feb. 9 - March 9, 2017
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