Citywide Meeting: Youth Leadership

On March 14, the Sprockets Network gathered to discuss Youth Leadership. We know that youth leadership can take many forms - and that creating engaging, meaningful leadership opportunities is important to the youth we work with. But creating those opportunities is challenging.

So we gathered to share ideas. 45 people from the Sprockets network attended, and we talked about the continuum of youth engagement, and what different models look like. A panel of Sprockets partners shared about what youth leadership looks like at different ages and in different programs. Young people themselves even weighed in via this video produced by the Student Engagement and Advancement Board (SEAB).

During the panel, Kelsey Dressely from SPPS Discovery Club shared about youth leadership for school aged youth at Discovery Club, where 4th and 5th graders are planning and leading programming for younger youth. Shaun Walsh (SPPS SEAB) talked about developing SEAB in partnership with young people to create a platform for youth voice and policy change at SPPS. Nou Yang from Wilder's Youth Leadership Initative shared about co-creating programming with high schooler youth leaders in their program focused on leadership, identity, and community, and Chris Ohland from Keystone Community Services shared about youth leadership and youth employment in the Express Bike shop and the Hmong Teen Tutors Program. Many thanks to our panel of experts for sharing your perspectives on youth leadership and how you embed it into your programs!

And thanks to all the other experts who attended to share and learn about this important topic. Thanks for all you do to create meaningful opportunities for Saint Paul youth! 

Coudn't make it? Check out these youth leadership resources that were shared: