Sprockets July Newsletter

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July 2015 Newsletter

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Youth Science Day


The energy was palpable walking into the Science Center of Minnesota on Youth Science day.  With youth flowing in and out of each exhibit, the place was on fire for learning.  Entering the main atrium, a 3 story inflatable astronaut floated overhead and a rhythmic beat filled the air periodically pierced by youthful voices.


The Science Museum of Minnesota and its Kitty Anderson Youth Science Center (KAYSC) organized different station on each floor of the science museum.  The creative stations accentuated the full and part time exhibits.  The entire Science Museum of Minnesota did a great job of engaging the youth but at the same time allowing the programs who came to specialize the day. Check out the Youth Science Day next year and contact the KAYSC for more information on youth programming at the Science Museum of Minnesota. 


Neighborhood Network Team Meetings

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East Side Network Cafe

August 10, 9:30-10:30 am  at Urban Roots

North End and Friends

August 13, 9:30-10:30 am at North Dale 

Leap Forward Collaborative for Youth

Stay tuned for location and time

Neighborhood Learning Community

Stay tune for location and time

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.

NorthStar Fellowship

NorthStar Fellowship

The purpose of the NorthStar Youth Worker Fellowship is to engage a cohort of experienced youth work practitioners in exploration, reflection, and study to generate more wisdom, language, and leadership in the field of youth work in Minnesota.

The Fellowship is sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Education, the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship at Augsburg College, University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development, and Youthprise.

Of the six 2015 Fellows, four were from the St. Paul out-of-school time community: 

Ellie Kunkel
CommonBond Communities

Julie Richards
Saint Paul Public Schools Community Education

Rebecca Edmunds

Rachel Katkar 
Saint Paul Public Schools Community Education

Congratulations NorthStar Fellows! 

Growing Together, Learning Together

Growing Together Learning Together


The Wallace Foundation released a report highlighting afterschool time system building.  Wallace focused of the four components of system building that most evidence suggest are essential.  Sprockets, among other leaders in systems building, was highlighted because of the work around human capital and social processes.  Without program partners none of this is possible. Thank you to The Wallace Foundation and ALL of our program partners!

Report HERE

Online Youth Transportation Toolkit


Transportation continues to be a challenge in the out-of-school time (OST) world. Many youth depend on rides from a parent or other adult in their life, and can’t attend programs if that adult is at work or doesn’t own a car. Without safe, easy, reliable transportation to OST programs, youth miss the many benefits that OST participation can provide. This toolkit is meant as a resource to increase the number of youth biking, walking, and using public transportation to access OST programs.

Online Youth Transportation Toolkit

Now Hiring


Minnesota Alliance with Youth
Director of Education & Training, Quality Lead

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Senior Program Administrator

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St. Paul Public Schools Community Education
Youth Engagement in Action Co-Facilitator

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The Sanneh Foundation
AmeriCorps Promise Fellows 

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Dreamline Coaches

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Sprockets Program Finder Updates

Find programs now

With summer winding down we are thinking about fall programming!  When your organization has fall program dates, login in and add them to the Program Finder and the Events Calendar!