February Sprockets Network News

February, 2013

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Professional development

Initial and Sustained Contact with Young People: How to Start and Never Finish -
Facilitator: City of Saint Paul Parks and Recreation
Tuesday Feb. 19th 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Dayton's Bluff Recreation Center

The focus of this workshop is on making the initial contact with a young person in ways that promote the continued development of a meaningful relationship, and provides space for the evolution of the relationship as each continues to learn and teach about the other.

Register at www.commed.spps.org and search SPROCKETS

Summer Recruitment

Summer is just around the corner! With just over four months until school is out, now is the time to get your summer programs into the Sprockets Program Finder.  A new feature has been added for providers that allows you "scheduling options".  Put your information in the Program Finder now and set the date you would like it to "publish" to the Program Finder.

If you need a username/password for your agency, or would like a refresher on how to use the Program Finder, contact Jocelyn Wiedow

summer sun

Sprocket Network Conference- Annual Report Release 3/8/13

save the date March 8th 8:30-1


Find out what DATA moves you!!

As partners in the Sprockets Network, multiple agencies across Saint Paul have been gathering information to improve outcomes for young people. In addition to reviewing the report, we will have a keynote that gets us excited about the power of data, breakout sessions that align with places we are trying to "move" as a Network, and conversations about how how information in the report can guide our work as we continue to improve the quality, availability and effectiveness of out-of-school time learning for all youth

Look for registration information coming in February!


Spotlight- Academic Champions League

The American Oromo Community of MN and the Ober Center of the Union Gospel Mission partner to motivate young people to learn through their Academic Champions League that was launched last fall.  Read more about how their approach is building character, motivation and academic skills.


network meetings

Join other youth workers in your area to share ideas, best practices and collaborate while meeting others who share a passion for building brighter futures for youth through OST.

East Side Network Cafe - February 11th 10:00-12:00 at Dayton's Bluff
Leap Forward Collaborative - February 19th 10:00-12:00 at Oxford/Jimmy Lee
North End et. al - February 14th 9:30-11:30 at North End Recreation Center
West Side Neighborhood Learning Community - February 28th 12:00-1:00 Baker Rec Center