Sprockets NewsHub - November

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Neighborhood Network Teams collaborate at Citywide meeting

Citywide Meeting

It was a full house at the Boys & Girls Club as Sprockets brought together youth workers from all four Neighborhood Network Teams to discuss issues that affect the whole city. On October 18, over 50 people came together to network and tackle these big issues by engaging in discussion and beginning to organize across organizations and across geography. 

Attendees gathered to discuss and action-plan around five issues:

  • Equity and Social Justice
  • Youth Leadership and Teen Advisory Groups
  • Engaging Families
  • College & Career Readiness
  • Support and Retention of  Volunteers and Limited-Hour Staff

Thanks to everyone who showed up to join the discussion and share their experience and resources. Look for additional opportunities to dig deeper into many of these issues and learn from each other! 

McVay Youth VOICE finds a new home through Sprockets


Last spring, McVay Youth Partnership (Youth VOICE) ran into a problem. One of their partner organizations could no longer provide programming space for their afterschool activities, leaving them without a home in the North End. 

Jane Krentz, Director of the McVay Youth Partnership, relied on the Sprockets network to help find a new programming space. Jane attends the Sprockets North End and Friends Neighborhood Network Team.Through this group, Jane found a new home for Youth VOICE – at Washington Technology Magnet School.

“We know there's a need to serve youth in this neighborhood, and we are thrilled to be serving youth at our new site at Washington Tech. 68 different youth have participated in our program since we launched the site in mid-September. We particularly celebrate the diversity of the youth who attend. Karen, Somali, African American and Latino youth all interact and enjoy each other’s company. It’s beautiful! Thanks to Sprockets, we are very happy in our new home!”

Read the full story here.

Dare to Disrupt!

Dare to Disrupt

Last month, Jocelyn Wiedow from Sprockets joined Katie Tosh from Boston After School & Beyond to present at the National Summer Learning Association's Dare to Disrupt Conference in Seattle, Washington. 

Jocelyn shared lessons we've learned using the Every Hour Counts Measurement Framework - a blueprint for understanding the impact of programs on youth outcomes, making improvements at the system and program levels, and influencing policy. Sprockets continues to engage the network in measuring different aspects of our work at the system, program, and youth level, ensuring that we're helping Saint Paul youth succeed! 

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!


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 connect with other youth workers and learn about resources in Saint Paul that support youth success!


North End and Friends
Thursday, November 10, 2016, 10-11:30 AM
Voyageur Outward Bound School - 1400 Energy Park Dr

East Side Network Cafe
Monday, November 14, 10-11:30 AM
Arlington Hills Community Center - 1200 Payne Ave

Leap Forward Collaborative for Youth
Tuesday, November 15, 10 AM-noon
Walker West Music Academy - 760 Selby Ave

Neighborhood Learning Community
Thursday, November 17, noon-1 PM
Baker Center - 209 W. Page St
*Note: This meeting has been moved one week earlier to avoid Thanksgiving*