Sprockets Staff

August 2014 Update: We're hiring! See the Sprockets Communications and Network Associate job posting here.

By now, you probably realize that Sprockets is all about bringing together different organizations. So it should come as no surprise to learn that our staff is a partnership of community-based agencies. We don’t all share one office, but we do share one common purpose: to make positive change in the lives of youth through quality out-of-school time programming.

Did you know?

Every member of the Sprockets team has been a youth worker at some point in our pasts. Guess you could say that passion for encouraging youth to reach their fullest potential runs deep in all of us.

  • Eyenga Bokamba

    Eyenga Bokamba, Executive Director

    City of Saint Paul

    Eyenga is a leader in the field of education who is grounded in experience and lifted by vision – essential qualities for directing Saint Paul’s out-of-school time network. As she works with the broad range of stakeholders who are invested in creating a stronger future for youth, Eyenga brings with her a diverse background in youth work, nonprofits, and the arts.

    As a child, Eyenga spent her out-of-school time in gifted and talented programs, particularly creative writing, tap dance and ballet classes.  On weekends her mother drove her to Chicago to visit the Museum of Science and Industry and the Art Institute of Chicago, where she visited her favorite paintings and made them talk to each other. Eyenga holds an undergraduate degree and teaching certificate from the University of Minnesota and a graduate degree from Harvard University.

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    Erik Skold, Associate Director

    Center for Democracy and Citizenship at Augsburg College

    For the past ten years, Erik has been deeply involved in bringing learning experiences for children and youth beyond the classroom. This set the stage well for his current role as Sprockets Associate Director, where he works with schools, city governments, parks, libraries and many community-based organizations to develop and promote quality programming that supports young people as they strive to recognize and achieve their greatest potential.

    Erik, a former high school debate team member, turned his enthusiasm for long hours spent in library research into a pursuit of a master’s degree in youth development leadership from the University of Minnesota. A Wisconsin native, Erik frequently crosses the border back to his home state to introduce his three young children to the wonders of the great outdoors.

  • Christie Vogt

    Christie Vogt, Communications and Network Associate

    Center for Democracy and Citizenship at Augsburg College

    As the Sprockets Communications and Network Associate, Christie manages internal and external communications and provides administrative support and event coordination. Her experience working with education and community development organizations metro wide and abroad serves her well in her mission to be an effective messenger for the Sprockets network.

    Christie spent most of her out-of-school time in the dance studio and on the soccer field, which led to her first teen work experience as a YMCA youth sports instructor. In college, she developed a strong interest in social causes and immigrant communities, which inspired her to complete a bachelor's degree in Political Science and Spanish Studies at the University of Minnesota. An avid passport stamp collector, Christie loves to travel and take advantage of cross-cultural opportunities.

  • Jocelyn Wiedow, Network and Quality Coordinator

    YWCA of St. Paul

    As the Sprockets Network and Quality Coordinator, Jocelyn brings together people and programs from all across St. Paul with the shared goal of helping young people succeed. It’s a perfect fit for someone with more than 15 years of experience in coordinating and directing youth and family programs around the Twin Cities – not to mention the practice she gets at home, guiding and encouraging quality out-of-school experiences for her own two active sons!

    Jocelyn’s summers at camp as a young person inspired her love for learning in nontraditional settings. Some of her favorite outdoor classroom experiences have been teaching horseback and dirt bike riding.  Jocelyn has a master’s degree in public and non-profit administration. An outdoor enthusiast, Jocelyn enjoys a little time away to go camping and canoeing.