August 2014 Sprockets Newsletter

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August 2014 Newsletter

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Spotlight: Day at Lake Phalen

Day at Lake Phalen

Fishing in your own neighborhood, geocaching, harmonica-making, Double Dutch jumping -- what more could you want out of a summer afternoon? On July 30, over 450 young people in Saint Paul were able to take advantage of these activities and more at the collaborative event known as Day at Lake Phalen.

Neighborhood Network Team Meetings

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East Side Network Cafe
Sept. 8, 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Arlington Hills Community Center

North End and Friends
Sept. 11, 9:30 to 11 a.m. at North Dale

Leap Forward Collaborative for Youth
Sept. 16, 10 a.m. to noon at Cycles for Change

Neighborhood Learning Community
Sept. 25, noon to 1 p.m. at Baker Center

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.

Sprockets Activator Improvement Cycle

Have you registered yet for the 2014-15 Activator Improvement Cycle? Sprockets Activators have access to valuable resources that help improve the quality of youth programs and the outcomes and experiences of youth participants. Committed to youth success? Joining the cycle makes it easier to translate your passion into action: learn more or register now.

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Save the Date: Lights On Afterschool

Lights On Afterschool

The 15th Annual Lights On Afterschool is Oct. 23, 2014! This nationwide event celebrates afterschool programs and their impact on the lives of young people, families and communities. Keep an eye out for details about celebrations planned for Saint Paul!

University of Minnesota Social-Emotional Learning Survey

The University of Minnesota is gathering perspectives on social-emotional learning from leaders in the out-of-school time field. Over 800 people have completed the survey so far; will you add your voice? Your participation makes you eligible for over $1200 in prizes, including two iPad minis. Learn more about the survey or take it now

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Igniting Quality

Igniting Quality

Registration is now full for Igniting Quality, the annual Youth Program Quality Conference, on Sept. 19, 2014. The conference is provided by the University of Minnesota's Youth Work Learning Lab in the School of Social Work and with the support of partners including Sprockets, Ignite, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, University of Minnesota Extension, and the Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board. Stay tuned for additional training opportunities.

Sprockets Program Finder Updates

Find programs now

Summer is ending, but look on the bright side: school-year programs are starting! Search the Sprockets Program Finder in the coming weeks for brand new additions. The latest include:

- Saint Paul Almanac Soul Sounds Open Mic

- Steppingstone Theatre acting classes

- NdCAD SANKOFA Reading Program

- WISE Girls Getting Ahead in Leadership

- Germanic-American Institute German Classes for 4-K, Gr. 1-3, Gr. 4-5, Gr. 6-8

- Independent Filmmaker Project Minnesota JuiceMedia: A Youth Film Collective

Providers, have you added your fall programs yet? Need help? Let us know.

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