April 2014 Sprockets Newsletter

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 April 2014 Newsletter

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Spotlight: Public Achievement at Jackson Elementary

“Public Achievement is really very cool because I like to help people," fifth-grader Molly reflects, "and this program helped me learn how to." See how this youth civic organizing model takes shape in the hands of Jackson Elementary students after school.

Public Achievement at Jackson Elementary School

The Theater of Public Policy & OST

The Theater of Public Policy

The Theater of Public Policy, a public policy-inspired improv comedy show, explores important issues and brings them to life using theater. On May 8, Eyenga Bokamba will be the featured guest on "Out of School Time - Not Just for TV Anymore," talking about the state of out-of-school time learning and providing material for the improvisers to work their magic. Get your tickets!

Neighborhood Network Team Meetings

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North End and Friends
May 8, 9:30 to 11 a.m. at North Dale Rec Center

East Side Network Cafe
May 12, 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Dayton's Bluff Rec Center

Leap Forward Collaborative for Youth
May 20, 10 a.m. to noon at CommonBond Skyline

Neighborhood Learning Community
May 27, noon to 1 p.m. at Baker Center

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.

"I Am Sprockets" Collaborative Video

I Am Sprockets Video

"I am a champion for OST, a dream navigator, teacher, developer, youth worker." At the Sprockets Network Conference last month, SPNN Youth filmed attendees reciting their  "I Am Sprockets" poems which they had created during the day. See if you can spot yourself or your organization in this inspiring video mash-up!

Activator Improvement Cycle Celebration

Activator Improvement Cycle

Join us on the morning of May 30 as we celebrate and reflect on this past year's Activator Improvement Cycle! If you didn't participate this time around, come learn how to use the YPQA, SAYO and other tools to improve your program! More details coming soon.

Join the Saint Paul Youth Commission

Saint Paul Youth Commission

The Youth Commission is a unique opportunity for high school students to demonstrate their civic leadership and work for change in Saint Paul. Youth Commissioners build relationships with other young people across the city and practice youth-adult partnership to make progress on issues that matter to them. Learn more and apply by June 27!

Social and Emotional Learning: Assess It to Address It

Social and Emotional Learning

On May 6, join the University of Minnesota's Extension Center for Youth Development for a symposium exploring what communities have done to measure youth more holistically and how they've used data to enhance social and emotional learning. Register for the in-person or webinar event.

Professional Development Opportunities

Foundational Skills Workshop: Focusing Your Stories For Impact

June 3 & 5, 2014
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Wellstone Center

Join us for a two-part workshop on communications, messaging, and video! Click for details and registration.

Sprockets Summer Video Project

This workshop is a prerequisite for participating in the 2014 Sprockets Summer Video Project in which youth-serving organizations will have the chance to create a promotional video for their programs! Application details coming soon. Check out the videos from the past two summers.

Sprockets Summer Video Project

Sprockets Program Finder Updates

Find programs now

787 programs and counting! Are your listings updated for spring and summer? Here's April's Program Finder updates:

- 200 Saint Paul Parks and Recreation programs added

- The Salvation Army Friday Night Girls Group, After School Program, Summer Day Camp

- Neighborhood House Teen Summer Camps, Baby Talks,

- TCHDC PLUS Time, PLUS Time Summer Fun, YouthVOICE

- CLUES Youth in Action (YA!)

- Rock Your Block Summer Jobs, $1000 College Scholarship Slam

- 21CCLC Stay Cool Afterschool, Murray Extended Program, RAM Club

- Camp Fire MN OST Programs, Camp Tanadoona Leadership Development

Not listed in the Program Finder yet? In 2013, there were nearly 19,000 page views; let us know if you want to be part of the action.