Thought leadership, trends and insights on community matters

10 Reasons Schools Should Have Youth Mental Health Services On-Site

April 2, 2019
Nearly 20 percent of youth in the United States experience a mental, emotional or behavioral health condition every year. Yet according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly half… Read more »

Why Multiculturalism Matters for Local and Global Youth Leadership

July 1, 2018 by Nou Yang
How can multiculturalism empower people of many races, ethnicities and cultures to live and work in harmony not only in the US but also around the world?  Our efforts started with the Youth… Read more »

Youth Participatory Evaluation: How to Start?

August 29, 2017 by Ryan Evans
For the Youth Leadership Initiative, evaluation is one of the many ways that they meaningfully engage youth in their program. By practicing Youth Participatory Evaluation (YPE), evaluation is no… Read more »

Hello Fellows: Meet Shawn Schuette

August 24, 2017 by Shawn Schuette
Wilder employees have the opportunity to apply for Kingston Fellowships, an honor awarded annually based on accomplishments, commitment to human services and leadership potential. In March 2017,… Read more »

"Though we are Small, we Try Hard": Centering Youth Voices through Collaboration

September 7, 2016
Wilder’s Community Initiatives team works alongside communities to address complex challenges involving our systems, organizations, communities and individuals. Recently, our team committed ourselves… Read more »

Helping Children Cope with a Scary World

January 25, 2016 by Gael Thompson
​Our world can be a scary place. As parents, we worry about our children growing up when wars, shootings, bombings and other horrific acts of violence seem to happen one after another. Frightening… Read more »

Instilling the Value of Civic Engagement in Youth

October 28, 2015 by Jennifer Valorose
A long-term study of the Youth Leadership Initiative found that by building youth’s confidence and skills, they are more civically engaged as they move into young adulthood.

Photographer Steve Floyd: To Describe My Work Is How to Describe My Heart

September 24, 2015
Steve Floyd is a Twin Cities-based photographer who has traveled through more than 55 countries, including traveling in photo expeditions with National Geographic photographers. He also has 25 years… Read more »