This online course is based on the Rings of Engagement, a framework that shows the range of youth engagement and youth-adult partnerships. It teaches four ways to engage youth:

  • Participation in programs
  • Fostering individual passion through experiences and activities
  • Creating space and place for youth voice in programs
  • Collective action to make change with youth and adults as partners

How it works

  • Go at your own pace (without a facilitator) through four modules that take about 30 minutes each. Additional time spent on application activities will vary.
  • Learn on your own time. Unlimited 24-hour web access to the self-guided curriculum.
  • Videos and activities help you take concrete ideas back to your program for everyday use.
  • Certificate of completion for 4 instruction hours is available at the end of the course. Please contact your licensing board or accrediting body to determine if this program meets eligibility to receive continuing education units.

You will

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the Rings of Engagement structure.
  • Explore case studies with models and ideas for your program.
  • Learn engagement strategies for working with young people.
  • Understand that "youth engagement is a lifestyle, not a method."


Suggested registration fee: $25, sliding scale pricing available.

In order to make our programming accessible to a broader audience, we have implemented a sliding scale fee structure. The suggested registration fee for this course is $25. We also offer a supporter rate of $50 for those who would like to contribute toward making this programming accessible to all. We do not want cost to be a barrier to participation. If you are not able to pay the registration fee, you may take the program at no cost.

Technical requirements

  • High-speed internet access
  • Computer speakers


Username or password help: help@umn.edu or 612-301-4357

Content questions: Nicole Pokorney, pokorney@umn.edu

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