The Urban Youth Development Office is located on the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota. The mission of the office is to work with and on behalf of youth living in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and the surrounding suburban and rural communities to measurably improve their learning, leadership, and global citizenship through educational programs and applied research. This mission is carried out through Urban 4-H programming in Hennepin and Ramsey counties.
In Urban 4-H, we develop and share models and approaches to youth development in an urban context, where establishing solid community partnerships is our highest priority. With our partners, we build sustainable programs that meet the unique needs of urban youth.
Our signature curricula, Urban Youth Learn, Urban Youth Lead, and WeConnect, provide the foundations for Urban 4-H program development and support and are used by volunteers, interns, and partners to infuse concepts of learning, leadership, and global citizenship into their clubs, in order to impact youth issues.