Sprockets September Newsletter

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 September 2015 Newsletter

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National Afterschool Matters Fellowship


Sprockets is excited to see two of our own selected into the National Afterschool Matters Fellowship. Jocelyn Wiedow and Rachel Katkar joined 21 other youth work professionals September 27th-29th in a fall kick off retreat at Wellesley College near Boston, MA.

The National Afterschool Matters Fellowship is a two-year professional development and leadership training program unique in its national reach and incorporation of technology for ongoing collaboration. See the full story.

Neighborhood Network Team Meetings

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North End and Friends

Thursday Oct. 8th
9:30 am - 11 am at Washington Tech

East Side Network Cafe

Monday Oct. 12th
10 am -11:30 am at 
Arlington Hills Community Center

Leap Forward Collaborative for Youth

Tuesday Oct. 20th
10 am - 12 pm at
St. Clemence 

Neighborhood Learning Community

Thursday, Oct. 22nd 
12 - 1pm at
Torre De San Miguel Homes

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.


SLPQI Pilot Overview

The Summer Learning Program Quality Intervention (SLPQI) pilot is an opportunity to improve summer program quality through access to a free external program quality assessment, coaching and training for 15 summer programs. Past years the Sprockets Network has built upon a continuous improvement cycle that met the needs of school year OST programs.  However, incorporating summer quality work hasn't been tackled on a network level.  Sprockets was selected as one of two cities (Denver) for a two year pilot of a network approach to quality improvements for summer. A partnership between the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) and the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality (Weikart) has resulted in an adapted version of our familiar YPQA that incorporates aspects unique to summer, along with an improvement cycle that meets the needs of busy summer programs. See the full story.

Youth as Assessors


Are you interested in engaging your youth more in your program evaluation?  Sprockets, in partnership with the Youth Work Learning Lab at the University of Minnesota and the Wilder Foundation's Youth Leadership Initiative, is sponsoring a training and a year long community of practice that will help your program engage youth in evaluation including the YPQASee more details and how to apply.

Professional Development Opportunities

Foundational Skills Workshop: 

Introduction to the Active Participatory Approach 

Tuesday, October 20th
Register Here

Foundational Skills Workshop: 

Introduction to the Active Participatory Approach

Friday, October 23rd
Register Here

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


Exciting News for Youth Voice

On September 22nd St. Paul Public Schools Board voted to launch a Student Advisory Team. In the pilot year, this group of students will work to: develop the long term vision and structure of the Youth Advisory Team, work on issues important to them and issues assigned by the Board and administration for greater student engagement in decision making.  Learn More

Sprockets Program Finder Updates

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Fall program has begun! Add your program to the Program Finder to get more youth involved in your program!