Congratulations 2016-17 Activators!

Sprockets Activators know that high quality programs don't happen by accident.  It takes intentional progam design, skilled youth workers, and the time and dedication to adjust programs to make them even better. We celebrate this year's Activators for their commitment to continuously improving their programs in order to provide greater benefits to the youth who participate.

The Sprockets Activator Cycle is designed to guide programs through a continuous improvement process, helping them collect data in multiple areas and then use that data to guide their improvement. To find out more about the Activator Cycle or to join us this upcoming school year, see our Activator page.


Congratulations to the following programs that completed the 2016-17 Activator Cycle, a year-long committment to Assess-Plan-Improve their program.

Amherst H. Wilder Foundation's Youth Leadership Initiative Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute
ANEW BAM Neighborhood House's Teen Outreach Program
Athletes Committed to Educating Students (ACES) Opportunity Neighborhood
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities Sabo Center, Augsburg
Breakthrough Twin Cities Saint Paul Parks and Recreation & Saint Paul Youth Commision
Children's Defense Fund-MN Saint Paul Public Library - Createch & Homework Centers
CLUES - Youth in Action (YA!) Program Saint Paul Public Schools Discovery Club
CommonBond Communities Saint Paul Urban Tennis
ComMUSICation Saint Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN)
Conservation Corps The Salvation Army
Fred Wells Tennis & Education Center The Sanneh Foundation
Girl Scouts ConnectZ Twin Cities Housing Development Corp
Good Neighbor Center Tutoring Program Urban Boatbuilders, Inc
Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul's Department of Indian Work YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities
Keystone Community Services' Hmong Youth Program and West 7th Community Center YouthCARE

Join us as we gear up for the 2017-18 Activator Cycle!

Here's what some of our partners have to say about how the Activator Cycle and M3 helped them:

"Just having a framework to work with the data we have as well as working alongside other people who are using their own data. It has been really good for me to see why the numbers matter and why we should keep finding ways to collect the information and experiences. It was good for me to reflect on my program and where I can improve." Johnny, Fred Wells Tennis and Education

"Starting out I found data to be really intimidating, just the word by itself was kind of loaded and overwhelming for me. As a member of ComMUSICation we have been to M3 several years over, and a comfort I think is that each time it gets less and less overwhelming and more and more accessible and purposeful and functional.  The highlight of the day is to really take this data and make it personal for you and your organization and the youth you are working with. And find some practical application for it." Ryan, ComMUSICation

"At M3 we have the opportunity to connect with ourselves as a team, but also to connect with so many other organizations.  I always appreciate how ainteractive these sessions are.  There is plenty of time to sit down, get in our bubble dig through our data. But there is also plenty of time to share what we have learned with other organizations in the room and ask them questions.  We always come up with at least one idea we generated ourselves and one idea that we got from other partner organization." Hollis, Conservation Corps