June 2015 Sprockets Newsletter

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June 2015 Newsletter

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Summer Learning Tips



“It is extremely important for kids to continue learning, even when school is no longer in session,” said Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman. “That is why I have worked together with Saint Paul Public Schools and community organizations to make accessing out-of-school learning opportunities as easy as possible for families in Saint Paul. Through Sprockets, Saint Paul’s out-of-school-time network, families have a one-stop shop for summer learning opportunities across the city.” 

Summer Texts and Tips

Parents can subscribe to receive weekly texts or email alerts from the city highlighting free upcoming events and programming opportunities. Signing up is easy:

1. To receive text alerts, simply text “STPAUL SUMMER” to 468311 or;

2. To receive email alerts, text “STPAUL SUMMER” and your email address to 468311.

Read the entire Spotlight on Summer Learning

Neighborhood Network Team Meetings

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Neighborhood Learning Community
July 30, 10am - 11am at Wellstone Center

East Side Network Cafe
July 13, 9:30 am - 10:30 am at Arlington Hills Community Center

North End and Friends
July 9, 9:30 am - 10:30 am at North Dale

Leap Forward Collaborative for Youth
July 21, 10 am - 11am at TBD

Learn more about Neighborhood Network Teams, and let us know if you'd like to be on the listserv for one or more of these groups.

White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellows


Our Associate Director, Erik Skold, has been selected to be a White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellow. Fourteen other leaders in the field of afterschool and expanded learning nationwide have also been selected as White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellows as part of a partnership between the Riley Institute at Furman University and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. In the 10-month program, which begins in October, Fellows will study afterschool/expanded learning policy and develop and implement state-level policy projects in partnership with their Statewide Afterschool Networks and the national Afterschool Alliance. 

Science Museum of Minnesota Youth Science Day

Youth Science Day

Join the Science Museum of Minnesota on Thursday, July 16, 2015 from 12-4 p.m. as they celebrate our community's youth and their passion for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). An event for youth ages 13-18, it is a place for youth to join their peers in discovering and exploring an interest in STEM and their future in a STEM field!

With museum admission, you will be able to explore:

  • Interactive activities created and facilitated by youth staff from theKitty Andersen Youth Science Center, museum youth volunteers, and youth from the community.
  • Resources for college and STEM career prep.
  • Art performances by local youth groups.
  • A chance to enjoy the museum with your peers.

Believe it. Build It. Contest

Believe It. Build It. was shaped by contributions from afterschool stakeholders all across Minnesota – it proves that our network can make great things happen when we work together. 
Ignite Afterschool is calling on the power of their network again, and inviting you to participate in a statewide contest to discover the best ideas and approaches to implementing Believe It. Build It. in afterschool and summer learning programs across Minnesota!
View the contest submission form here.

Why Participate?
By participating, you’re part of a network-wide effort to generate creative new ideas and approaches to improving program quality, which will be shared across the state. You also have a chance for your program to win a cash prize, and be announced as a winner at the Lights On Afterschool 2015 event.

1st Prize: $500

2nd Prize: $300

3rd Prize: $100

How to Participate

1. Use the content in Believe It. Build It. (BiBi) to develop, adjust, or begin implementing a plan or project to strengthen your program. In short, use the guidebook as a resource to improve your program.

2. Fill out and submit the BiBi Implementation Contest Submission Form with your story of how you're implementing BiBi. Submissions are due by Sept. 18th.

3. Ignite’s Professional Development and Quality Committee will choose the 3 most innovative, promising, and effective examples of programs that are using Believe It. Build It. to improve their program. The top 3 will be announced at Lights On Afterschool on Oct. 22nd!

Summer Learning Institute

On June 11, Sprockets and our network partners hosted the Summer Learning Institute (SLI) at Metro State University. The SLI is a chance for youth workers and people in the youth work field to get together and exchange ideas.  There were over 150 people at this year’s SLI, learning everything from “Fun and Games 101” to “Creating Equity in Youth Work Spaces”.   Key your eyes open for more professional development opportunities on our website: