October Citywide Network Meeting!

Whether you are looking to build your network of colleagues, learn about ideas, resources and connections in the community, or be thought partners around best practices, dilemmas and topics from the field.... attending a Sprockets Network meeting is the way to go. Youth workers are always welcome.  Two-hour Citywide meetings will happen every other month and will rotate across different parts of the city. 


October Citywide Network Meeting

Wednesday, October 16th
10:30am-12:30pm (Lunch provided following the meeting from 12:30-1:00)
Frogtown Community Center

Join our Sprockets Citywide Network Team meeting as we continue to address racial inequities within our work. In addition to networking and connecting with other St. Paul youth work practitioners, we will:

  • Explore racial equity
  • Hear from partners about how they are working towards racial equity within their organizations
  •  Spend time in caucus groups reflecting on our own biases and how we will be intentional in our roles to support racial equity

What are Caucus groups?

Caucuses are spaces where groups of people with shared identity meet in order to intentionally discuss the unique realities of their group in dismantling racism. For our meeting we will invite you to join in discussion with the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) caucus or the White caucus.

Looking for more information? Check out the following additional resources 

Why spend time in separate groups?

“The value of caucusing is so both white people and people of color have intentional space and time to focus on their respective work to dismantle racism and advance racial equity.” 
Full resource here

Why white caucusing?

“For white people, a caucus provides time and space to work explicitly and intentionally on understanding white culture and white privilege and to increase one’s critical analysis around these concepts. A white caucus also puts the onus on white people to teach each other about these ideas, rather than constantly relying on people of color to teach them.“
Full resource here

Why BIPOC caucusing?

“We need places in which we can gather and be free from the mainstream stereotypes and marginalization that permeate every other societal space we occupy. We need spaces where we can be our authentic selves without white people’s judgment and insecurity muzzling that expression. We need spaces where we can simply be—where we can get off the treadmill of making white people comfortable and finally realize just how tired we are.”

“Given that space to breathe, there’s a possibility of healing. Being together can offer resiliency for bringing our fullness into integrated spaces where it will inevitably be challenged.” Full resource here