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.

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

12:30-4:30
Mt. Airy Boys & Girls club
690 Jackson St.

FREE

Register Here

Restorative Dialogue with Raj Flyer

Introduction to Restorative Dialogue

This 4-hour interactive training is geared towards teens and those who work with teens. Together we will listen and learn the science and art of restorative dialogue and the basics of restorative practices.

In this introductory training, participants will discuss and practice using affective statements and restorative questions – learning to have quick, in-the-moment conversations to address issues and feelings and support problem solving and conflict resolution

You will learn from each other the challenges we face in our environment, and how we can help restore each other’s humanity and work towards value-centered process and leadership.

Youth ages 12-18 are highly encouraged to participate.

Cirlce Keeper: Dr. Nadarajan "Raj" Sethuraju, Assistant Professor, Metro State University

Sponsored by: Dispute Resolution Center in St. Paul

Multiple opportunities

April 15th & May 20th 

9am-11am
East Side Freedom library
1105 Greenbrier, St. Paul

FREE - no registration

Restorative Practice Drop-In Circles

The St. Paul Federation of Teachers is hosting multiple drop-in circles where attendees will convene in circle to build community, deepen conversation about restorative practice and lean into circle keeping.

Thurs April 20th, 2017
9:00am - Noon
Baker Center
209 W. Page Street

Register Here

SEL Methods - Empathy and Emotion Management

There has been a growing body of research on Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in recent years that has brought to the forefront what we all know; SEL is important in the growth and development of young people. We know that the quality of a program impacts young people, but how do we take the next step to become more intentional about creating opportunities for young people that develop these skills.

This session will focus on two of the six SEL Skills identified through the Preparing Youth To Thrive Initiative conducted in partnership between eight exemplary programs, the Susan Crown Exchange and the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality.

Staff will learn strategies to support youth as they grow skills to:

  • Relate to others with acceptance, understanding, and sensitivity to diverse perspectives and experiences
  • Be aware of and constructively handle both positive and challenging emotions

Facilitated by: Monica Jones, Weikart Center and Poppy Potter, Voyager Outward Bound School

Friday April 21st, 2017
9:00am - Noon
Baker Center
209 W. Page Street

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SEL Methods - Initiative and Problem Solving

There has been a growing body of research on Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in recent years that has brought to the forefront what we all know; SEL is important in the growth and development of young people. We know that the quality of a program impacts young people, but how do we take the next step to become more intentional about creating opportunities for young people that develop these skills.

This session will focus on two of the six SEL Skills identified through the Preparing Youth To Thrive Initiative conducted in partnership between eight exemplary programs, the Susan Crown Exchange and the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality.

Staff will learn strategies to support youth as they grow skills to:

  • Take action, sustain motivation, and persevere through challenge toward an identified goal
  • Plan, strategize and implement complex tasks

Facilitated by: Monica Jones, Weikart Center and Poppy Potter, Voyager Outward Bound School

Friday April 21st, 2017
8:30am - 3:30pm
U of M Recreation & Wellness Center
123 SE Harvard St, Mpls

Register Here

$65/ $20 students

Exploring the impact of physical fitness and sports in Healthy Out-of-school Time (HOST) programs

Flyer with details, speaker information and more

Alliance for Athletics and Academic Access: 2017 Youth Development Conference

April 17th - 18th, 2017
or
April 24th - 25th, 2017

9:00am - 3:30pm

St. Paul Federation of Teachers
23 Empire Dr

$200 - includes light breakfast, lunch and copy of Circle Forward

Contact Becky McCammon Becky@spft.org  or Rebecca Wade at rebecca@spft.org to register

Using Peacemaking Circles in Schools: Two Day Training (highly applicable to in school and community settings)

Circle Forward author, Kay Pranis, will introduce participants to the peacemaking circle process and explore:

  • foundational values and philosophy of peacemaking circles
  • creating safe, respectful space for dialog
  • structure of the circle process
  • facilitation of the circle process
  • multiple applications of circle process in schools
  • relationship to school climate, social-emotional learning skills
  • designing and conducting talking circles in schools

Participants will learn to design and conduct peacemaking circles for community building, dialog and instruction.  The training will be conducted in the peacemaking circle format and will be highly interactive, using the life experience of all the participants as a teaching resource.

 

April 21 and 28, 2017

9:00am - noon

U of MN St. Paul Campus
St. Peters Hall - Room 5

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Professional Identities in Youth Work

Each of us has a range of personal beliefs and attitudes that we carry with us to our work.  The question is, do they weave together with our professional expectations or work against them? Developing a professional identity allows us to examine our personal and professional selves and find a balance between the two. During this workshop, we will explore and articulate our working philosophies and see how they impact our youth work practices. Spend time with colleagues as you explore the thorny issues of identity in youth work through reading, art work and critical conversation.

What You'll Walk Away With?  

  • Cultivate an understanding of what a professional identity is and how it impacts our work.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of self and self-in-context, examining out personal and professional identities with a critical lens.
  • Understand the implications that professional identity has on our practice and the field of youth work.

Facilitators:  Deborah Moore, U of MN and Hayley Tompkins, Beacons

May 11 and 18, 2017

9:00am - noon

U of MN St. Paul Campus
St. Peters Hall - Room 5

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Youth in Their Community Contexts

Everyone comes from a variety of different communities.  Understanding the worlds that young people belong to and are influenced by will help us gain a better perspective of their everyday lives.  This knowledge allows us to build deeper connections with youth and community members.  During this workshop, we will dive into the theory of community youth development and critically think about the influences that the community has on its youth, as well as the resources it has to offer.  We will explore strong qualities of community programs and practical strategies to become better community builders. 

What You’ll Walk Away With:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the theory of community youth development.
  • Recognize community influences and how they affect the everyday lives of youth.
  • Develop an awareness of strong qualities of community programs and critically reflect on the how your organization connects, supports and encourages relationships and understanding across difference communities.

Facilitators:  Deborah Moore, U of MN and Hayley Tompkins, Beacons

Friday, May 19th 

8am - 4:30pm
Burnsville YMCA
13850 Portland Ave. S.

To register or more info contact Holly Larson holly_larson@nps.gov 651-955-2814

These two dates are being provided FREE!

Leading Nature-Based Activities for Children

Are you… looking for more program ideas and materials for getting kids outdoors? Do you have new or seasonal staff or volunteers that need training in leading outdoor activities? For a limited time, Project Get Outdoors, a Minnesota non profit that specializes in nature-based programming for preschool to 8th grade children, is offering its new, 8-hour Leader Certification Training for free! BONUS: Trainees will be able to check out 6 different nature themed activity trunks for their future group activities. 

This 8-hour training will provide participants with:

  • An overview of the role nature experiences play in fostering healthy youth development
  • Cultural awareness when working outdoors with groups
  • Strategies for engaging children with nature
  • Tips and tricks for behavior management during outdoor time
  • Community mapping tools for finding sites for nature programs
  • Hands-on practice with activity planning resources
  • 8 CEUs

Project GO Training Flyer

Each participant will receive a free Project GO Leader Backpack with materials for nature-based activities ($75 value), a program calendar and guide with hundreds of program ideas, a workbook full of program planning resources, and year-round access to 6 activity trunks filled with everything you need for a group nature-based activity! 

Facilitated by: Project Get Outdoors

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