Sprockets NewsHub - October 2016

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Join us to Propel SEL!


We're kicking off our Propel SEL Community ConversationsThis initiative aims to increase understanding and build consensus among out-of-school time practitioners, mentors, systems stakeholders and funders around key social emotional learning skills and outcomes for youth.

Join us at one of our October meetings to add your voice to the conversation. Thanks to the Greater Twin Cities United Way and the Carlson Family Foundation for collaborating with us and supporting this initiative.

Are you ready for Lights On Afterschool?


Lights On Afterschool 2016 is just around the corner! From October 17-21, Minnesota will be participating in Lights On Afterschool to celebrate afterschool programs and raise awareness of the important role they play in the lives of youth and their families! 

Get your plans for LOA started now! Register your event with Ignite Afterschool and check out the toolkits and resources available on their website to support your events.

Do you have great plans for Lights On Afterschool in your program? Let us know so we can highlight your program during LOA week! 

SEL Pilot year 1: Lessons Learned

SEL pilot

Sprockets partnered with the PEAR Institute, which is a joint initiative of Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital, to offer a professional development pilot focused on social emotional learning (SEL). The SEL Pilot targeted youth-serving professionals (managers and/or leaders of youth-serving organizations) and school-based educators or administrators working with middle and high school age youth.

Participants were trained to identify key SEL assets and challenges and strategies to strengthen the assets and offset the challenges young people experience using PEAR’s Holistic Student Assessment (HSA) survey.

Four key lessons learned during the initial pilot year have important implications for the field of youth development and education, and more importantly the children and youth we serve.

  • SEL skills present as both Resiliencies and Behavior
  • Balancing the SEL Needs of Youth with Adult Responsibility
  • Culture and Cultural Diversity Matters
  • SEL Priorities Differ when Basic Needs are Met or Denied

Read the full summary here.

Spotlight on Sprockets and Saint Paul!

Spotlight on Afterschool

Sprockets and Saint Paul were highlighted in the "State of Our Cities" report released recently by the George W. Bush Institute. The report gathered educational data from cities around the country: academic outcomes, student demographics, and school climate.

Sprockets is one of five spotlights in a section of the report showcases how cities are leveraging out-of-school time learning to address challenges and ensure educational quality. 

Explore the tool to read about Sprockets, and find out how Saint Paul is doing compared to other cities nationally and around the world.

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! 


Introduction to the Active-Participatory Approach
October 14, 10-noon
Arlington Hills Community Center

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 these best practice methods and how to use them in your program! Register here.

Quality Coaching
November 4, 9am-3pm
Location TBD

Learn to support staff that you work with in this workshop, coaching them to improve their program or the way they work with youth. This workshop focuses on helping staff improve through one-on-one consultation.  The Quality Coaching method is based on the three main concepts of respect, observe, and support. Register here.

Getting the Most Out of the Sprockets Shared Data System
November 11, 10-noon
Amherst H. Wilder Foundation

Is your organization collecting attendance and demographic data from participants using the Sprockets Shared Data system?  Learn how to put that data to good use for more than just funder reports. This session will have a special focus on learning how to run reports out of the Sprockets Shared Data System. Register here.

Check out more professional development opportunities offered by Sprockets and our partners! 

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!


Citywide Network Meeting
October 18, 2016, 10 am - noon 
Mount Airy Boys & Girls Club
690 Jackson Street

*This month we are hosting one citywide meeting instead of our four regular meetings in different neighborhoods. We'll come together across geographies to network with new people and programs, and talk together about topics and issues relevant across the city!*