Summer Institute 2019

Summer Institute

June 13, 2019
8:45 AM - 3:00 PM
Wellstone Center

Summer Institute is a day of professional development designed to provide front-line youth workers the tools they need to create safe, engaging, and fun summer activities for youth! Workshops will provide the building blocks of quality youth work for both veteran and first-time youth workers. Institute Schedule and Session Descriptions

Cost: Free for all Saint Paul staff associated with the Sprockets network.
How to get there: The Wellstone Center is located at 179 Robie Street East. The Wellstone Center is accessible by Metro Transit bus routes 68 and 71. Parking is available in the garage directly east of the Wellstone Center, or there is street parking available. 
Registration: May 14-June 10


8:45-9:00 -- Registration
9:05-9:30 -- Welcome
9:40-10:40 -- Workshop I
10:50-11:50 -- Workshop II
11:55-12:40 -- Lunch & Networking (lunch provided)
12:45-1:45 -- Workshop III
1:55-2:55 -- Pulling it all Together! Panel and Reflection Session

How to Register Staff

It is the supervisor's responsibility to sign up any summer staff for the Summer Institute! 


Exploring Self-Awareness and How it Shapes our Work with Youth

Why does it matter what kind of mindset YOU have? Each human being has experiences and identities that shape their perspective of the world and how they navigate through it. This session is about personal exploration about your mindset and its influence on your daily work with youth.
Facilitator: Dr. Geeta S. Vora, Vora S.E.R.V.I.C.E.S non-profit org.

Building Community: Icebreakers, Teambuilders & Energizers

Building an emotionally safe community of peers and adults is essential for youth to learn and develop as individuals. This interactive workshop will introduce participants to a variety of activities designed to support the community building process.
Facilitated by: Craig Sweet, Wilder Foundation/St. Paul Music Academy

The Power of Play

This hands-on workshop will give you the skills to become the stand out performer in your program. Participants will learn how play can be used to manage groups of any size effectively. Use the power of play to build rapport, establish rules and consequences, address learning styles, transition successfully, and engage youth effectively. Bring your sneakers and get ready to have fun.
Facilitator: Brandon Elsner and Shaena Swanson, Playworks

LGBTQ 101 & How you can be an Ally in the Workplace

Join us for an interactive workshop that will provide an overview of LGBTQ+ identities and discuss how using inclusive language can create safer spaces. We will also cover how to develop skills to be an effective ally.
Facilitator: Jess Harkcom & Tabitha Mitchell, Saint Paul Parks and Recreation

The Spectrum of Reflection

Reflection is a critical piece in transforming everyday activities into meaningful learning experiences. You’ll leave this workshop armed with a spectrum of reflection activities to use this summer in your programming.
Facilitators: City of Saint Paul, Right Track Job Coaches

From Tricky to Terrific... Making Transitions FUN!

We have to get from one place to another! If we build fun into transitions we can often avoid disruptive behaviors and move smoothly from one activity to the next. We'll discuss the basics for managing a group during a transition, staff role & transition tips, plus learn attention getting techniques, games, chants and songs to use during your summer transitions. This workshop is designed with school-agers in mind, and geared for youth workers who work in programs serving Pre-K-5th grade children.
Facilitator: Emily Holder, SPPS Discovery Club

Strengthening Your Leadership Style

Leaders come with several different philosophies and strengths. In this session, you will learn about 5 leadership styles, discover which one fits you, and learn how to use your style effectively.
Facilitator: Julie Richards, Inquire, Decipher, Progress LLC

What Would You Do?

Youth workers are faced with difficult situations throughout the summer including inappropriate conversations, boundary issues, and multiple bullying behaviors. Participants will discuss how to navigate these difficult situations to create inclusive and welcoming environments.
Facilitator: City of Saint Paul, Right Track Job Coaches

If you have questions or need more information about Summer Institute 2019, please contact Jocelyn Wiedow at or 651-744-7738.