October 2014 Sprockets Newsletter

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 October 2014 Newsletter

Lights On After School

Lights On After School is a nationwide celebration of after school programing.  On October 16th, many of our network partners had celebrations to bring in new youth, raise more funds, and show off their programs to the community. Youth programs and youth workers often fly under the radar and don’t get the praise they deserve. The programs are essential to the growth of our community.  Check out our celebration of these programs!

Spotlight Article


Neighborhood Network Team Meetings

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East Side Network Cafe

Nov. 10th 10am-11:30am at Arlington Hills Community Center

North End and Friends

Nov. 13th 9:30am-11am at North Dale Rec Center

Leap Forward Collaborative for Youth

Nov. 18th 10am-12pm at  Mt. Airy Boys and Girls Club

Neighborhood Learning Community

Nov. 20th 12pm-1pm 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.

Fall YPQA Training

Fall YQPA Training

Sprockets held our Fall Youth Program Quality Assessment (YPQA) training on October 22nd and it was a packed house!  Out-of-school time providers from all over the city came to learn many valuable skills including how to evaluate their programs and how to identify staff training needs.  With concrete numerical data hard to come by, youth programs can be particularly difficult to evaluate but evaluation is critical to quality youth programs.  Along with evaluation is training.  To grow programs staff also need to grow and professional development is the backbone to this growth. Check out our upcoming professionally development opportunities to strength your organization and your programs!

Save The Date

Sprockets Conference

February 27th, 2015

Contact Jocelyn Wiedow (jwiedow@ywcaofstpaul.org) for more information.

Afterschool Alliance's 2014 America After 3pm


The Afterschool Alliance released their annual America After 3pm report which is a synopsis of the state of out-of-school time in the U.S. Although the report does not strictly focus on Minnesota, it does do a great job of presenting and analyzing a lot of data on out-of-school time activities. . Visit their Key Findings for a quick snapshot at some of the data!

Professional Development Opportunities

Foundational Skills Workshop: Quality Coaching

Nov. 5, 2014

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

360 S. Colborne St.

Foundational Skills Workshop: 

Introduction to the Active-Participatory Approach

Nov. 20, 2014

10 a.m. to noon

Arlington Hills Community Center

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

New Sprockets Staff

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Tom comes to Sprockets with experience working for St. Paul based non-profits including Northern Star Council and The Sanneh Foundation. He brings a passion for communication which will help him spread the word about Sprockets’ out-of-school time partners.  He is a St. Paul native and is a graduate of St. Paul Central.  He received his bachelor’s degree in Rhetoric and Discourse from Beloit College in 2011.

Sprockets Program Finder Updates

Find programs now

- Women's Initiative for Self Empowerment: Girls Getting Ahead in Leadership

- Createch Studio: A space for teens to be creative with technology

-Hallie Q Brown: After School Enrichment Program