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.

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

Register here

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 

Tues March 14th, 2017
10:00am - Noon

Mt. Airy Boys and Girls Club
690 Jackson Street

RSVP HERE

Citywide Neighborhood Network Team

Meeting Focus ~ Youth Leadership Practices (and Networking!)

Creating space and opportunities for youth leadership is a vital component to youth programming, but what does it look like? Join your Sprockets colleagues to dive deeper in this conversation together. This gathering will include a panel of practitioners who will share their experiences building youth leadership practice into their work and opportunities for you to discuss with others how those and other practices could look like in programs like yours.

Friday, April 7th**

or

Friday, May 19th 

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

**Pilot Training - participants are asked to help evaluate the training

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

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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