Medical School

Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health

Department of Pediatrics

Konopka Institute

PEDSGPAH Founder Gisela KonopkaInspired by the pioneering work of Dr. Gisela Konopka, the Konopka Institute's goal is to get reliable information into the hands of everyone who is in a position to help adolescents.   

Adolescence is usually described as 'pre' or 'in between' - a stage between childhood and adulthood. It is seen as a turmoil because one moves from a protected state into a state of independence. I prefer to see adolescence as a significant stage in itself, an 'adolescenthood' with new experiences and new strengths, not merely an interim period and a problem."

Dr. Gisela Konopka, D.S.W.
Professor Emerita of Social Work
University of Minnesota
Excerpted from "A Renewed Look at Human Development, Human Needs, Human Services"
May, 1985

2015 Konopka Lecture


Equity and Opportunity in Health and Education:
What Would Gisela Do?

 Gisela Konopka Blue


Join us to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Gisela Konopka!

At this year's lecture we are honored to present an awe-inspiring group of speakers. Their unique perspectives will enhance our understanding of equity and opportunity for young people while giving us a chance to reflect on how Dr. Konopka's voice informs our work today.

We'll also talk about how the unified efforts of the Konopka Institute and the Healthy Youth Development • Prevention Research Center seek to improve young people's experiences with health and education.

Guest Speakers

Dr. Josie R. Johnson

Civil Rights Leader; former University of Minnesota Regent, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Senior Fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Michael D. Resnick

Gisela and E. Paul Konopka Chair in Adolescent Health and Development; Director, Healthy Youth Development • Prevention Research Center and Leadership Education in Adolescent health Fellowship Program.

Kim Campbell

Hopkins School District 8th Grade Teacher and Dean of Students; 2012 Coleen Yatckoske Middle Level Educator of the Year; Author of SOAR: A Handbook for Closing the Achievement Gap.


Members of the TruArtSpeaks Youth Advisory Board and Tish Jones, Founder and Executive Director. TruArtSpeaks cultivates literacy, leadership and social justice through the study and application of Hip Hop culture.


Register Now!

This event is free and open to the public.

Join us for the Community Showcase

Join us for an opportunity to explore local healthy youth development organizations, meet up with colleagues, connect with Konopka Institute and PRC community partners, and enjoy light refreshments.



Don't hesitate to ask questions or request more information. We look forward to seeing you at the Lecture!

Glynis Shea - - 612-624-3772

Jenna Baumgartner - - 612-626-0606

Listening to New Voices: Youth Voices on Staying in School & Dropout Prevention in Minnesota

PEDSAHM KONOPKA Listening Group CoverThe staff of the Konopka Institute has issued a new report on youth attitudes and beliefs related to high school dropout prevention, retention and graduation. The report was made possible through the Minnesota Department of Education's (MDE) Dropout Prevention, Retention, and Graduation Initiative. Facilitated by Konopka Institute staff and the Initiative Steering Committee members, 196 students across 18 Minnesota communities statewide provided input for the report on what factors create the conditions for students to drop out of school and, more importantly, what educators, community organizations and policy makers can do to better support students to stay, and thrive, in school.

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