History of Sprockets

Sprockets History Map

(Zoom in on St. Paul's Out-of-School Time History Map)

It All Started With A Passion for Young People and Education

Sprockets stems from a rich history of collaboration and youthwork dedicated to prioritizing opportunities for young people. In 2006, Mayor Coleman alongside the Saint Paul Public School District, community organizations and activists, local nonprofits, business and civic leaders, parents and youth, thought leaders, and public servants, came together to form the Second Shift Commission. Through community engagement, this commission made significant steps towards supporting quality out-of-school time by developing a vision for out-of-school time to guide St. Paul, increasing access to OST opportunities for youth and families, and seeking resources to improve the quality of information about out-of-school time in St. Paul. 

Today, Sprockets Is All About Successful Youth and Quality Programs

In 2011,  Mayor Coleman, informed by recommendations from the Second Shift Commission and community input, launched Sprockets, St. Paul’s Out-of-School Time Network. Today, Sprockets is all about successful youth and quality programs. Our engagement and work with  the individuals and organizations most invested and most impacted by OST continues to grow, collaborating with other OST partners at the regional, state, and national levels. We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished this far, and look forward to advancing our vision of all youth in Saint Paul reaching their fullest potential. 

Successful Youth. Quality Programs. That’s Sprockets.