Sprockets December Newsletter

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 December 2014 Newsletter

Spotlight: East Side Arts Council's Busy December

The East Side Arts Council (ESAC) had a busy month of December with eleven ongoing after school classes for youth in Saint Paul Public Schools and at the East Side YMCA. Saint Paul K-12th graders  developed skills in painting, sculpting, Hmong dance, urban sketching, hip hop dance, and drill team with the help of their seasoned professional artists. Everyone has been working hard gearing up for school showcases in January, eager to show off their performances and original artwork. After school programming for the spring semester will include additional classes in spoken word poetry, improv comedy, and breakdancing. 

Read the full Spotlight 


Neighborhood Network Team Meetings

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Neighborhood Learning Community

Jan. 22nd, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm at Baker Center

East Side Network Cafe

Jan. 12th, 10:00 am -11:30 am at Arlington Hills Community Center

North End and Friends

Jan. 8th, 9:30 am-11:00 am at North Dale Rec Center

Leap Forward Collaborative for Youth

Jan. 20th, 10:00 am - 12:00 noon at YWCA

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 Fellows

Northstar Fellows

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 2014-15 Fellowship is sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Education, the Center for Democracy and Citizenship at Augsburg College, and Youthprise.

Here is a link to the collections of papers from the NorthStar fellows. 

Ignite Policy Committee Meeting


Ignite Afterschool is kicking off the 2015 Legislative Session. Come to the Ignite Organizing Kick-Off:

Join us at Waite House in Minneapolis on Tuesday, Jan 13th, from 12:30 - 2:00 PM, for the first in a series of Ignite Organizing Meetings. This initial meeting, like the ones to follow, will be a hands-on session where afterschool stakeholders will learn advocacy skills, hear about the latest opportunities to get involved, and participate in calls-to-action with fellow afterschool advocates. 
View Full Details and RSVP here: bit.ly/igniteorganizing

Professional Development Opportunities

Youth Voice

Jan 30th 10:00am - 12 noon at Oxford Community Center

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

2015 Sprockets

Presenters Wanted

This year's conference will be slightly different - we want the conference to reflect the rich knowledge and experience from within the Network.  We want to utilize this knowledge and experience  for the breakout sessions. 

This year’s theme is Informed by Data. Inspired by Youth.  Therefore, we are looking for breakout sessions that align with that theme.  We also are challenging all presenters to engage a young person in preparing and implementing their session in a youth/adult partnership.

For more information please contact Jocelyn Wiedow (jwiedow@ywcaofstpaul.org)

Sprockets Program Finder Updates

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St. Paul Public Schools Community Education has uploaded their Winter and Spring programs into our Program Finder.  This is the first time St. Paul Parks and Rec and SPPS Community Ed have their programs in one place.  This is one stop shopping for youth programming in St. Paul

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