February 2014 Sprockets Newsletter

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February 2014 Newsletter

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Spotlight: Right Track

The application period for Right Track, Saint Paul's youth jobs initiative, is open now through March 14! If you are or know a teen looking for employment this summer, get the details on Right Track!

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Neighborhood Network Team Meetings

Neighborhood Learning Community

Feb. 25, noon to 1 p.m. at Baker Center

East Side Network Cafe

March 10, 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Battle Creek Rec Center

North End and Friends

March 13, 9:30 a.m. to 11, location TBD

Leap Forward Collaborative for Youth

March 18, 10 a.m to noon at Hamline Park Plaza

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.

"It Takes All of Us" Webinars on Youth Education and Development

Friends for Youth, in collaboration with the Kettering Foundation, is hosting a four-part online series to discuss ways to transform the way we think about developing and educating our communities’ youth. Register here for the series, which features Dr. Patricia Moore Harbour, author of Community Educators: A Resource for Educating and Developing Our Youth.

March 3

2014 Sprockets Network Conference Sold Out!

Thank you all for your excitement about this year's conference -- you've packed the house! We'll be encouraging attendees to share their experience using the hashtag #SprocketsConf and those not in attendance are invited to follow and add to the conversation online!

Invitation to Participate in Data Use Study

Chapin Hall

Researchers from Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago will be visiting Saint Paul as they conduct a study on the use of data in after-school systems to improve youth outcomes. The study has been commissioned by the Wallace Foundation as part of its Next Generation Initiative for after-school system building. If you have a compelling story you'd like to share about how you've worked with Sprockets to use data, you're encouraged to attend a post-conference gathering with the researchers at 1:45 pm on March 3 at St. Kate's.

National League of Cities & After-School Programs

NLC Afterschool

The National League of Cities recently released this powerful video demonstrating why "afterschool shouldn't be an afterthought," featuring mayors from across the nation, including our own Mayor Chris Coleman and other local stakeholders.

Professional Development Opportunities

Foundational Skills Workshop: Cooperative Learning

Feb. 27, 2014*
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Dayton's Bluff Rec Center

*Rescheduled from 2.20 due to weather; please (re)register for 2.27 date

Quality Toolkit: Planning and Reflection

March 12, 2014
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
St. Catherine University

Foundational Skills Workshop: Reframing Conflict

March 25, 2014
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Baker Center

Click for class descriptions, registration, and more upcoming opportunities.

Training partners

Spring/Summer Recruitment

Summer gear

Is your organization starting to recruit for spring and/or summer programming? Be sure your listings in the Sprockets Program Finder are up-to-date for Saint Paul parents and youth to discover! Don't have an account yet or need help? Let us know and we'll get you set up! SPPS Summer Term details are also now available here.