Join Sprockets! Activator Improvement Cycle and Kick Off Information

How can your organization get more deeply involved with Sprockets & improve quality in your program? 

 Become an Activator!

High-quality out-of-school time experiences play an important role in helping Saint Paul's youth recognize and achieve their greatest potential; that’s why we are committed to supporting continuous program improvement through the Sprockets Activator Improvement Cycle. Participation in the Activator Cycle helps your organization use data to strengthen and improve your program - leading to better outcomes and experiences for youth. 

What’s the Activator commitment? - Learn more at the Virtual Activator Kick Off

Attend Virtual Activator Kick Off 

Activator Kick Off (register here)
October 14th, 2021 9:00 am - 10:00am

The Activator Cycle is Sprocket's system of supports to help Saint Paul youth program providers complete a continuous program improvement cycle leveraging data to inform improved practices.

This year’s Virtual Activator Kick Off will focus on updates of what your program can expect from this year’s cycle. Ideally the individual(s) who will be the key contact for your program will attend, but if unable, a representative from your site is great too.  Registration link. 

We will share out key information like:

  • Activator Tracks - Designing the cycle to meet your current needs.  Programs are still in different spaces due to the pandemic and other changes. Sprockets has some new ways to support folks that are uncertain right now as well as our traditional model for those who have systems set and ready to go. 

*Traditional Activator cycle
*Activator Learning Community - adapted supports

  •  Resources you may access to build, revise, or re-engage your data collection needs (attendance/participation, experience or outcome surveys) 
  • Quality Data - YPQA and SEL PQA updates – We will be supporting both the YPQA and SEL PQA in different ways this year
  • Trainings for fall including:

*Youth Work Practices: Foundations of Quality Programming – our traditional fall workshop that is great for newer staff to your org
*SEL Workshops – we will have 3 workshops this fall focused on supporting young people in the Emotion of SEL

Register for the Activator Cycle

Completing an Activator Cycle Plan helps you consider and prepare for data collection that ensures you have a productive M3 Huddle. More info at the Activator Kick Off.

Complete an internal/self PQA Assessment and schedule an External Observation 

Completing an internal assessment not only provides great information for your staff team to reflect on at M3, it also is a great strategy to help staff build a deeper understanding of quality practices. Sprockets will provide examples of creative ways you can bring this to life in your org.

External observations are also key in providing additional feedback to reflect on alongside your internal scores. Sprockets will be providing External Assessments for all programs.

Participate in Making Meaning with Multiple Data Sets (M3)

 January dates coming soon. This day-long workshop provides you the space and guidance for your quality team to analyze data in order to inform your improvement plans.

Submit a program improvement plan by February 15th

Submit a Cycle Narrative in May