Professional Development

Do you work with youth in Saint Paul? These trainings 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.

Thursday Feb 23rd, 2017
9:00am - 3:00 pm
St. Paul Youth Services
2100 Wilson Ave

Saint Paul, MN 

Register HERE

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).

Let’s face it; you have a lot going on in your role. Between schedules, budgets, staff coverage and the kids, it can be easy to forget your coaching role in the midst of it all. But coaching is about helping your staff and colleagues do better at their jobs, which gives the kids in your program a better experience, which is, of course, the whole point of what you do.

Facilitated by: Julie Richards, SPYC and Jocelyn Wiedow, Sprockets

Tues Feb 28th, 2017
9:00am - Noon
Baker Center
209 W. Page Street

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SEL Push Practice

Join Voyager Outward Bound School as they share their experience working with the Weikart Center's Push SEL Practice Initiative and the lessons learned to increase the conscious focus on social and emotional learning.

The Push SEL Practice workshop is an introduction to SEL for program staff and learders and the first step to launching an SEL initiative.  
Participants will:

  • Explore the history of the emerging attention on SEL and understand the SEL Challenge and context.
  • Define SEL practice and curriculum; understand the interplay of youth key experiences and staff practices.
  • Review and become familiar with six domains of SEL through the Preparing Youth to Thrive Guidebook
  • Understand the curriculum features for SEL, and identify the presence or absence of these foundational features in their program
  • Reflect on how they might adapt their practices or curriculum to be more effective in supporting young people to develop their SEL skills and develop a comprehensive improvement goal for SEL work.

Facilitated by: Poppy Potter, Voyager Outward Bound School

This workshop is a great primer for the Spring SEL method workshops 

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

Registeration coming soon

SEL Methods - Empathy and Emotional 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

Registration coming soon

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

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