June 2014 Sprockets Newsletter

Sprockets logo png

 June 2014 Newsletter

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

Spotlight: Program Improvement Celebration

On May 30, Sprockets network partners came together for a Program Improvement End of the Year Celebration, a morning of sharing and learning as we reflected on the Activator Improvement Cycle. Hear about some of our partners' data journeys and how you can get on board.

Program Improvement Celebration

Rethinking School Start Times

School start times

Citing research that teenagers benefit significantly from later start times, Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) is considering adjusting school start times for the 2015-16 school yearSPPS is currently seeking input from community stakeholders in order to guide the decision, with the next community meeting being held on Aug. 11, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at 360 S. Colborne St. See future meeting dates, submit feedback online, and learn more about the conversation on the SPPS Start Times webpage.

Neighborhood Network Team Meetings

City of Saint Paul map

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

Leap Forward Collaborative for Youth
July 15, 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Martin Luther King Community Rec Center

Neighborhood Learning Community
July 31, 10 to 11 a.m. at Baker Center

North End and Friends
August 14, 9 to 10:30 a.m. at North Dale Recreation 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.

Do the Summer Countdown!

Do the Summer Countdown

Research shows that all young people experience learning losses when they don't engage in educational activities during the summer. To help combat this statistic, Do the Summer Countdown! You'll find lots of ideas to share or try out yourself so that Saint Paul youth stay engaged and active this summer!

2014-15 NorthStar Youth Worker Fellowship

NorthStar Youth Worker Fellowship

Applications are now being accepted for the 2014-15 NorthStar Youth Worker Fellowship. The fellowship engages a cohort of experienced youth work practitioners in exploration, reflection, and study to generate more wisdom, language, and leadership in the field of youth work in Minnesota. Learn more and apply here by July 18, 2014.

Free Summer Meals for Youth 18 and Under

Summer Food Service

More than 300,000 Minnesota children receive free or reduced-price school meals during the school year. But when summer arrives, only about 15 percent of these young people continue to access supportive meal programs. To fill that gap, Second Harvest Heartland has teamed up with the Minnesota Department of Education to help connect youth with free meals this summer. Check out the Summer Meal Map and learn more about the Summer Food Service Program.

Summer Texting Service for Saint Paul Parents

Summer Learning Reminders

Learn more about the new opt-in texting service for parents and spread the word to Saint Paul families!

Sprockets Info Session

New to the network or have contacts that might be interested in learning more about becoming a partner? Join us for Sprockets 101 on July 11, 9 to 10 a.m. at the YWCA St. Paul to learn about the different ways to get involved, including resources for quality improvement, tools for recruitment, and networking opportunities.

Sprockets 101

Summer Youth Institute

Sprockets Summer Youth Institute

On June 12, over one hundred attendees participated in the Summer Youth Institute, a day of workshops designed to prepare and refresh youth workers for summer programming. Youth workers attended sessions like "How Culture and Personal Identity Influence You as a Youth Worker," "Group Management and Engagement," "Creating Equity for Youth," and "Reflective Strategies for Individuals and Groups." A big thanks to our partners who led workshops and to Metropolitan State University for hosting!

Sprockets Program Finder Updates

Find programs now

Summer is officially here! Have the young people in your life found programs yet? Browse the hundreds of activities listed in the Sprockets Program Finder and check out the June additions below: 

- 124 Saint Paul Parks and Recreation programs added

- SPNN Media Arts at Createch Studio, Mount Airy Video Production

- SPUT Summer Tennis Lessons

- ArtStart Passport to Australia and New Zealand

- Twin Cities In Motion Medtronic TC Family Events

Haven't gotten set up to list your programs yet? Send us a note and you'll be good to go within minutes.

For special youth and family-friendly activities, check out the Events Calendar.