November Newsletter

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November  Newsletter


Mayor Coleman Highlights Sprockets at NLC Conference

Mayor Coleman

At the 2014 National League of Cities Conference in Austin Texas, St. Paul Mayor Coleman highlighted Sprockets work with out-of-school programing. "Coleman has championed the idea that students lose academic ground over summer breaks and do better in school and the workforce when they engage in after-school and summer learning. The mayor has pointed to St. Paul's Sprockets network of out-of-school-time-learning programs as a model for cities to emulate" (Frederick Melo, Star Tribune).

Neighborhood Network Team Meetings

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Neighborhood Learning Community

December 18th 12-1 at Baker Center

East Side Network Cafe

December 8th 10-11:30 at Arlington Hill Community Center

North End and Friends

December 11th 9:30-11 at North Dale Rec Center

Leap Forward Collaborative for Youth

December 16th 10-12 at MLK Community 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.

651 Youth for Justice Seeks to Tackle Racial Equity

651Youth For Justice

A new leader is emerging in St. Paul’s youth driven educational equity work: 651 Youth for Justice.  651 Youth for Justice is facilitated by Saint Paul Public Schools Community Education Youth Development program but looks toward youth and partner organizations to be leaders and facilitators. Throughout history, young people have played important roles in many movements - 651 Youth for Justice’s goal is it be responsive to youth experiences with discrimination and oppression by providing spaces and resources to reflect and take action. 

For tips on addressing recent racial equity issues read the entire Spotlight.

On Monday, December 22, 651 Youth for Justice will host a get-together at Midway Lanes.  It will begin at 11:00am with a training, 4 Simple Rules to Effective Leadership. After the training, youth groups will identify issues they are passionate about and work on their mini-grant proposals during a pizza lunch.  Afterward sharing their project ideas with the group, youth and youth workers will celebrate while bowling. 

Monday, December 22nd

11:00 am – 2:30 pm

Midway ProBowl: 1556 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55104

651 Youth for Justice will cover all costs and can provide bus tokens.

For more information contact Julie Richards (

Please read the entire Spotlight about 651 Youth for Justice

Raise Your Voice for Afterschool Programs!

Minnesota Capitol

Ignite Afterschool, Minnesota’s afterschool network, is mobilizing afterschool, youth, and communitystakeholders from across the state in support of high-quality afterschool and summer learningopportunities for all young people. Get involved, and make sure your voice is heard in the upcoming legislative session!

Here’s how:

1. Read Ignite Afterschool’s Policy Platform

2. Sign the Statement of Support to become a Platform supporter, either as an individual or as an organization.

3. Write a Letter of Support laying out the various reasons your organization supports the

Platform, and increased public funding for afterschool programs in Minnesota.

Taking these simple steps goes a long way towards building the momentum for investment in Minnesota’s young people. Get involved now, and look out for more opportunities to contribute in the future!

For more information contact Brandon Tice (

Find programs now

Programs Available Over Winter Break

-Women's Initiative for Self Empowerment (WISE) Inc.

-YWCA St. Paul

-Steppingstone Theatre

-Express Yourself Clothing

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