Sprockets NewsHub - September 2016

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Join us for SEL skills discussions in October!

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Sprockets invites you to join us to shape the conversation about how our network can best support social emotional learning and development (SEL) in youth. We will host community conversations in October with youth work practitioners, leaders in youth development and out-of-school time learning, and other stakeholders across the city.

There is a growing evidence base around the importance of SEL, and practitioners and the public are paying more attention to SEL. Youth development and out-of-school time programs have long supported SEL development in youth. Sprockets wants to lead a network-wide conversation around SEL to refine and declare our efforts to best support SEL outcomes in youth as a network.

Join us to add your voice to the conversation and help shape Sprockets!

  • Wed. Oct 5, 10-12: Culturally-specific youth programs and community organizations
  • Mon. Oct 10, 10-12: Culturally-specific youth programs and community organizations
  • Tues. Oct 11, 10-12 Youth program providers 
  • Thurs. Oct 13, 10-12: Youth programs focusing on tutoring and academic supports 
  • Wed. Oct 19, 10-12: Youth programs serving elementary youth 
  • Thurs. Oct 27th 10-12: Youth programs serving middle and high school youth 

Click here to RSVP. All sessions are open to all who wish to participate. If you have questions about the process, contact Erik Skold, Sprockets Director.

Become a Sprockets Activator!

Activator Improvement Cycle

Sprockets Quality Kick-Off
September 23, 9am-noon
Baker Center - 209 W. Page Street
Register here

Join the Sprockets Activator Improvement Cycle by attending the Sprockets Quality Kick-Off! Activators are committed to continuous quality improvement of their youth program. Participation in the cycle helps your organization improve the quality of your programs and the outcomes and experiences of your youth participants. Come to our kick-off to learn, share, and plan for the 2016-2017 Activator Improvement Cycle.

While we encourage multiple staff to attend, at least one quality lead must attend to ensure that you get connected with all of the information and resources you will need for the cycle.

Spotlight on ACES


Participating in the SLPQI pilot through Sprockets enabled ACES to integrate greater academic impact and greater engagement for the youth ACES serves through summer and beyond. Specifically, SLPQI data informed revisions to ACES’s new “Sports Math” curriculum, honing in on the incorporation of academic concepts into the engaging sports theme. One result is units such as “Sports Stadium”, in which students design, budget for, and build a model sports stadium using craft materials. 

Read more about ACES and Abel, an ACES participant!

Congrats to the 2015-2016 North Star Fellows!

North Star Fellows

The North Star Fellows presented position papers on "Looking Back to Move Forward" on August 16. Over the course of the year, Fellows looked back into history to examine opportunities and challenges facing youth work in the twenty-first century. Their position papers inform and improve the field of youth work in Minnesota. Congrats to Angela Bonfiglio, Megan Hartman, Steve Palmer, Kathryn Sharpe, and Brandon Tice

Read their papers to learn more about their insights into youth work and Black Lives Matter, social justice in youth work practice, youth input in grant-making, equity in youth development, and fostering social-emotional learning for youth and staff.

Upcoming Trainings

Quality youth programs are the intersection of quality program features, engaged youth, and youth worker expertise. Register for upcoming professional development opportunities that support these three elements of quality youth work! 


YPQA as a Self-Assessment
Friday, September 23, 9am - 4pm
Baker Center - 209 W. Page Street
Register here

The Youth Program Quality Assessment is a validated instrument designed to evaluate the quality of youth programs and identify staff training needs.Come learn how to use the YPQA in your program to evaluate, discuss, and build a shared understanding of instructional quality in your programs with your staff team! *This training is open to Saint Paul youth workers participating in this years Activator Improvement Cycle. 
Facilitated by: Deb Moore, Youth Work Learning Lab, U of M

Introduction to the Active Participatory Approach
Friday, October 14, 10 am - noon
Arlington Hills Community Center - 1200 Payne Ave
Registration coming soon! 

The Active-Participatory Approach is a set of best practice methods and strategies with a consistent focus on empowering young people to become active, engaged participants in shaping and leading their learning experiences. Come learn about this approach to youth work! 

Neighborhood Network Team Meetings

Join one of our Neighborhood Network Teams to network with other youth workers and learn about resources to help youth succeed!


North End and Friends
September 8, 10-11:30 am
North Dale Rec Center, 1414 St. Albans St N.

East Side Network Cafe
September 12, 10-11:30 am
Merrick Community Services, 965 Payne Ave.

Leap Forward Collaborative for Youth
Septemer 20, 10 am-noon
Liberty Plaza Townhomes, 290 Arundel St.

Neighborhood Learning Community
September 22, noon-1pm
Baker Center, 209 W. Page St.