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Resources for Youth Workers

Anyone interested in a class on:


at UROC, Plymouth Ave North on:

Wed Nov. 28, Dec. 5 & 12?

Teaching with my favorite researcher,

Rebecca Saito and

4H’er Nicole Pokorney and

more than a few young people.  Interested?  Forward?  Referral?

Youth Engagement Matters

A Youth Work Institute Course

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Training based on a new research framework, Rings of Engagement, which emphasizes the range of types of youth engagement and youth-adult partnerships. The series includes a deep dive into four ways in which we can engage youth:

  • through participation in programs,
  • by fostering individual passion through experiences and activities,
  • by creating space and place for youth voice in programs,
  • and through collective action to make change with youth and adults as partners.

Class time will be spent reviewing and discussing case studies from programs with high youth engagement models and strategies, opportunities to network with your colleagues, and critical readings and reflection time.  Some questions discussed include “what youth participate in programs, what youth don’t and why?”  And, “how can high youth engagement program models and strategies work in my program?” At the end of the session, youth workers will see “youth engagement is a lifestyle, not a method” (Ed Irwin, Kwanzaa youth Center).

How it works:

  • 15 to 18-hour format over 3 to 6 meetings

What you’ll have when you walk away:

  • A deeper understanding of the Rings of Engagement framework
  • A set of case studies with models and ideas for replication
  • New engagement strategies applicable to working with young people

Who should attend:

Front-line youth workers and mid-level organizational leaders.


Beki Saito
Nicole Pokorney
Colleen McLaughlin

Dates and location:

Nov. 28, Dec. 5 & 12

9 a.m. – 2 p.m. (lunch will be provided)

UROC, 2001 Plymouth Ave. N.,  Minneapolis map

Cost: $100