Professional Development

Do you work with youth in Saint Paul? These trainings and network discussions are for you!

Quality program features

Quality youth programs are the intersection of quality program features, engaged youth, and youth worker expertise. Professional development opportunities brought to you through our network partners are designed to support these three elements.

Workshops marked with are sponsored by Sprockets and are no cost to those working with St. Paul Youth.  Others are on behalf of other organizations.  If fees apply, that will be noted near the registration link.

Tue. Sept 12th, 2017

10:00 am-12:30

Registration coming 

Youth Work Practice Foundations of Quality Programming- 

The Foundats to Program Quality is a set of best practice methods and strategies with a consistent focus on empowering young people to become active, engaged participants in shaping and leading their learning experiences. Youth programs can be optimized for youth needs, motivation, and engagement. These foundational practices to youth work are designed to address these goals. This youth-centered approach is the foundation for the Youth Program Quality Pyramid.

  • Participants will be able to identify the four guiding principles of the Approach.
  • Participants will be able to recognize best practice behaviors.

Participants will be able to incorporate foundational aspects of quality into their planning.

Facilitator: Jocelyn Wiedow, Sprockets & Hollis Emery, Conservation Corps

Fri. Sept 29th, 2017

9:00 am-12:00
Baker Center
209 W. Page Street

Registration coming 

Activator Kick Off - 

Description coming soon


Wed. Oct 4th, 2017
10:00 am-12:30pm

Registration opens
Sept 1st 

Building Community 

Do you know what it takes to build an emotionally and physically safe space for youth?  Building an emotionally safe community of peers and adults is essential for youth to learn and develop as individuals.  This interactive workshop will introduce participants to a variety of activities designed to support the community building process.

Participants will:

  • Explore the ways in which you can build community with youth and provide youth with opportunities to develop a sense of belonging
  • Understand the difference between icebreakers, energizers, name games and bonding games
  • Understand the stages of group development

Facilitators: Jocelyn Wiedow, Sprockets and Hollis Emery, Conservation Corps

Fri. Oct 6th, 2017
9:00 am-3:00pm
Baker Center
209 W. Page Street

Priority Registration for
registered Activators
Lunch provided

YPQA as a Self Assessment - 

Learn how to define quality at the point of service (where young people and adults meet inside of a program) and how to use the YPQA tool to assess youth program quality with your staff on your own time. Participants will learn the difference between observational measures and typical survey evaluation. The Youth Program Quality Assessment (YPQA) is a nationally recognized observational measurement tool that provides a valid and reliable way to assess program quality.

Facilitator:Deb Moore, Uf of M Center for Youth Development

Fri. Nov 3rd, 2017
10:00 am-12:00pm
Wilder Foundation
451 Lexington Ave

Registration opens
Oct 1st 

Getting the Most of your Data System- 

Is your organization collecting attendance and demographic data from participants using the Sprockets Shared Data system?  Learn how to put that data to good use for more than just funder reports.  This session will give you a chance to hear how other organizations are using the Sprockets Shared Data System and learn how to ask the right questions and interpret results to use data for program improvement. This session will also have a special focus on learning how to run reports out of the Sprockets Shared Data System so you can put your organization’s data right at your fingertips.

Facilitator: Megan Chmielewski, Wilder Research

Fri. Nov 10th, 2017
10:00 am-12:30pm

Registration opens
Oct 1st 

Structure and Clear Limits - 

How do you prevent chaos in a youth environment without stifling youth’s positive energy?  Youth need structure and clear limits in order to feel safe.  This interactive workshop helps participants analyze the level of structure in their programs and practice identifying and maintaining clear limits.

Participants will:

  • Understand how structure and clear limits meet the developmental needs of youth
  • Explore ways to improve their program’s structure
  • Establish limits for their programs

Many young people face a lot of uncertainty and inconsistency in their lives, which can limit their capacity or even willingness to take on new challenges and problem solve. The strategies in this workshop are designed to support you in creating a consistent, predictable environment where youth feel like they can trust the space, trust you, and relax enough to be open to engaging with your program. Feelings of emotional and physical safety (Safe Environment) are the foundation to working up the Pyramid of Program Quality and being able to achieve higher levels of engagement.

Facilitators: Jocelyn Wiedow, Sprockets and Hollis Emery, Conservation Corps

Fri. Dec 8th, 2017
9:00 am-2:00pm

Registration opens
Nov 1st 

Quality Coaching - 

A Quality Coach is a youth program professional who helps someone improve their program or the way they work with youth.  This workshop focuses on helping staff improve through one-on-one consultation.  The Quality Coaching method is based on the three main concepts of respect, observe, and support. The idea is to maximize productivity in the supervisor-staff relationship by starting with a foundation of respect, taking time to observe staff at the point of service and then supporting staff to develop professionally.

Whether or not you manage or supervisor staff, this training will help you guide and support colleagues.

 Participants will be able to:

  • Understand what a coach is
  • Conduct observation-reflection
  • Assess where they currently are with coaching
  • Understand underlying theory of coaching and observation-reflection
  • Transfer theory to new situations (all the little things you do as a manager).

Facilitator: Jocelyn Wiedow, Sprockets 


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