Sprockets Spotlight

Activator Highlight: Neighborhood House

Activator Highlight: Neighborhood House

Neighborhood House is incorporating more data into many aspects of their programs and the Activator Improvement Cycle allows their youth programs to do this in a facilitated way.  It also helps them identify certain narratives about their program which they use internally and externally. “It’s really making meaning out of your data sets,” said Sarah Lindeman, Neighborhood House's Community Impact Manager. Read More »

SPPS Student Advisory Team

Last year the Saint Paul Public School board started discussing how to engage students in a more meaningful way.  There had been some student engagement in the past but usually it focused around specific special projects.  There was a need for youth voice and student engagement at the system level.  As many youth workers know, creating honest and quality youth voice can be difficult but also very important. Read More »

National Conference on Summer Learning

It is safe to say that the state of after school and out-of-school-time education is in good hands. Upon returning to Minnesota from Baltimore, MD for the National Conference on Summer Learning presented by the National Summer Learning Association I have a restored sense of hope, a clear vision for the future, and a fire lit within. Read More »
National Afterschool Matters Fellowship

National Afterschool Matters Fellowship

Sprockets is excited to see two of our own selected into the National Afterschool Matters Fellowship. Jocelyn Wiedow and Rachel Katkar joined 21 other youth work professionals September 27th-29th in a fall kick off retreat at Wellesley College near Boston, MA. Read More »

Urban Boatbuilders at the Fair

Small groups of builders are huddled around each canoe frame, the groups deep in discussion about the next process.  These boats are two boats being created by Urban Boatbuilders.  They maybe the two most viewed boats but each boat is unique Read More »

Youth Science Day

Youth Science Day at the Science Museum of Minnesota. Read More »

Summer Learning Tips and Text

Summer Texts and Tips: Parents can subscribe to receive weekly text or email alerts from the city highlighting free upcoming events and programming opportunities. Signing up is easy: To receive text alerts, simply text “STPAUL SUMMER” to 468311 or; To receive email alerts, text “STPAUL SUMMER” and your email address to 468311. Read More »
The Saint Paul Youth Commission

The Saint Paul Youth Commission

The Saint Paul Youth Commission is a group of 20 youth from around the City of Saint Paul who work on self-determined, self-directed social justice projects in order to make their community a better place. This year, the Youth Commission focused on three different topics and subcommittees: Bullying prevention, transit accessibility,and for youth sex trafficking awareness.  Read More »
Keystone Community Services

West Seventh Community Center Merges with Keystone Community Services

West Seventh Community Center has merged with Keystone Community Services as approved by the board of directors at both organizations, effective April 1, 2015.  “Keystone and West Seventh share similar missions, values and history as well as similar kinds of services and models of service delivery and thus are well-positioned to merge,” said Eric Nyberg, President of Keystone.  Read More »

Better Together Retreat

The youth have already been hard at work preparing for the retreat. The GGAL and YLI leaders have met twice to discuss our vision for the retreat and to organize a fundraiser. The fundraiser, where we cooked and sold our cultural food at Wilder, raised $400 to support the retreat. This success represents the power that collaboration can create. We have much more to learn from each other and are off to a great start! Read More »