May 2014 Sprockets Newsletter

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May 2014 Newsletter

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Spotlight: CLUES YA!

There’s a lot of talk in Minnesota and across the nation about the achievement gap, the opportunity gap, the empowerment gap. Talk’s not cutting it for these students; it’s all about action—Youth in Action.

CLUES YA! Students

Sprockets Summer Youth Institute

Summer Youth Institute

June 12, 2014
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Metro State Univ.

The Summer Youth Institute is a day of workshops designed to prepare and refresh youth workers for summer programming. Learn more about the institute and register here by Friday, June 6!

Neighborhood Network Team Meetings

City of Saint Paul

(No NNT meetings in June)

North End and Friends
July 10, 9 to 10:30 a.m. at North Dale Rec Center

East Side Network Cafe
July 14, 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Arlington Hills Community Center

Leap Forward Collaborative for Youth
July 15, 10 a.m. to noon, location TBD

Neighborhood Learning Community
July 31, 10 to 11 a.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.

2014 Sprockets Summer Video Project

Sprockets Summer Video Project

This summer, Sprockets is partnering with SPNN Youth, Kohler Productions, and Janine Hanson Communications to offer youth program providers a chance to create a fun promotional video showcasing their offerings and highlighting out-of-school time learning in Saint Paul. Get the details and apply by June 13!

Check out one of last summer's videos with Keystone's Youth Express!

Keystone Youth Express Video

Program Improvement End of the Year Celebration

Activator Improvement Cycle

On May 30, come together with Sprockets network partners for an interactive and fun morning of conversation, sharing, and learning. If you participated in all or part of the Sprockets Activator Improvement Cycle, worked with your own improvement process, and/or are interested in learning more about program improvement to start planning for fall, we encourage you to attend! Learn more about the celebration and register here.

Making Meaning with Multiple Data Sets Feedback

At the Making Meaning With Multiple Data Sets event in December, 51 partners came together to work on quality improvement. Some of the takeaways that participants identified included:

- Use of multiple data sources is doable and valuable

- Interpreting data with others results in different outcomes than if done individually

- External credibility of Sprockets sparks new internal interest in program quality

Interested in learning more? Come to our May 30 Program Improvement Celebration!

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

How can you get your program's story out there in a way that's fun, authentic, and effective? Register now for this workshop on messaging, communications, and video!

Sprockets Focusing Your Stories for Impact Workshop

Out-of-School Time Curriculum Unveiling

Gathering lesson plan ideas for this summer's programs? Browse the collection stemming from the SPPS Community Education and Sprockets Curriculum Project. Working in collaboration with talented youth workers and educators, Sprockets and SPPS Community Education teamed up to develop a dynamic set of out-of-school time curriculum that supports youth success in Saint Paul. Experiment with the materials and let us know what you and your youth participants think!

Sprockets and SPPS-Community Education OST Curriculum

Sprockets Program Finder Updates

With summer around the corner, the Program Finder is a great tool for discovering or recruiting for programs. Among 750 listings, here's the latest updates:

- YWCA Jump Jam Double Dutch Summer Program

- Friends School of Minnesota Create Something Great

- Minnesota Council on Economic Education Personal Finance Summer Institute for College Readiness

- East Side Arts Council Artmobile! 2014

- Youth Farm West Side Summer Program

- Public Art Saint Paul PASPider Mobile Art Lab Workshops

What's your organization offering this summer? If you want help getting the word out, contact us to get listed in the Program Finder.

Find programs now