Sprockets Staff

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Every member of the Sprockets team has been a youth worker at some point in our pasts. Guess you could say that passion for encouraging youth to reach their fullest potential runs deep in all of us.

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    Erik Skold, Director

    City of Saint Paul
    erik.skold@ci.stpaul.mn.us
    651-744-7738

    For more than 15 years, Erik has been deeply involved in bringing learning experiences for children and youth beyond the classroom. This set the stage well for his current role as Sprockets Director, where he works with schools, city governments, parks, libraries and many community-based organizations to develop and promote quality programming that supports young people as they strive to recognize and achieve their greatest potential.

    Erik, a former high school debate team member, turned his enthusiasm for long hours spent in library research into a pursuit of a master’s degree in youth development leadership from the University of Minnesota. A Wisconsin native, Erik frequently crosses the border back to his home state to introduce his three young children to the wonders of the great outdoors.

  • Jocelyn Wiedow, Network and Quality Coordinator

    YWCA of St. Paul
    jwiedow@ywcastpaul.org
    651-265-0720

    As the Sprockets Network and Quality Coordinator, Jocelyn brings together people and programs from across St. Paul with the shared goal of helping young people succeed. It’s a perfect fit for someone with more than 20 years of experience in coordinating and directing youth and family programs across the Twin Cities. Jocelyn melds her past experience and knowledge of the OST field to support youth workers to strengthen skills around youth work practices, evaluative thinking and data utilization. Jocelyn has her Master’s Degree in Public Nonprofit Administration and an Individualized Studies Bachelor of Arts Degree focusing on Community Program Management.

    Jocelyn’s summers at camp as a young person inspired her love for learning in nontraditional settings. Some of her favorite outdoor classroom experiences have been teaching horseback and dirt bike riding.  An outdoor enthusiast, Jocelyn enjoys a little time away to go camping and canoeing.

  • Zong Vang, Strategy Manager: Policy and Network Evaluation

    Ignite Afterschool
    zong@igniteafterschool.org
    651-744-7738

    Zong holds an extensive background of over 10 years in both education and youth work in the Twin Cities, engaging with the St. Paul Promise Neighborhood, St. Paul Public Schools, and other community-based grass-roots initiatives. Zong believes networking and community organizing provide opportunities to levarge resources and uplift communities. This vision serves her well in her role as the Strategy Manager for Policy and Network Evaluation, a position in partnership with Ignite Afterschool, Minnesota's statewide Afterschool Network.  Zong works to increase Sprockets and Ignite's organizational capacitities to support our afterschool community through data analysis and policy advocacy. 

    Zong was a first-generation college student and attended Concordia University in St. Paul, graduating with a bachelor's degree in Secondary Education and minor in Special Education. Her passions include social justice, education, and community organizing. She believes every child deserves equitable access to education, afterschool programming, and healthy living to ensure they are able to choose their pathway in life.  

  • Aisha Mohamed , Communications and Youth Engagement Coordinator

    Sprockets
    aisha.mohamed@ci.stpaul.mn.us
    651-744-7738

    As a young professional, Aisha has been an advocate for social change and activism which she brings to her position as Communication and Youth Engagement Coordinator at Sprockets. With a background in health policy and political science, she recognizes that the foundation to any neighborhood is tied to community connection, which will be the focus of her role as she hopes to highlight the power of youth voice and broadcasting Sprockets work and network across the cities.

    With her love of learning, Aisha has participated in many after school and internship opportunities which lead her interest in civic engagement and youth work. Though in her free time she has a knack for baking and working on crafts, you can also see her at community events and working at a childcare center.