Professional Development

WDo you work with youth in Saint Paul? These trainings and network discussions are for you!

Quality program features

Quality youth programs are the intersection of quality program features, engaged youth, and youth worker expertise. Professional development opportunities are designed to support these three elements.

Workshops marked with are sponsored by Sprockets and are no cost to those working with St. Paul Youth.  Others are on behalf of other organizations.  If fees apply, that will be noted near the registration link. See bottom of page for partners providing additional training not listed. Believe it. Build it (bibi) is a resource that includes 6 core building blocks of effective program practices designed by Ignite, MN's Statewide Afterschool's. Number designations note trainings that align with bibi building blocks.

December 7th, 2018
YWCA St. Paul
375 Selby Ave

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Structure and Clear Limits

Structure and Clear Limits - How do you prevent chaos in a youth environment without stifling youth’s positive energy?  Youth need structure and clear limits in order to feel safe.  This interactive workshop helps participants analyze the level of structure in their programs and practice identifying and maintaining clear limits.

Participants will:

  • Understand how structure and clear limits meet the developmental needs of youth
  • Explore ways to improve their program’s structure
  • Establish limits for their programs

Many young people face a lot of uncertainty and inconsistency in their lives, which can limit their capacity or even willingness to take on new challenges and problem solve. The strategies in this workshop are designed to support you in creating a consistent, predictable environment where youth feel like they can trust the space, trust you, and relax enough to be open to engaging with your program. Feelings of emotional and physical safety (Safe Environment) are the foundation to working up the Pyramid of Program Quality and being able to achieve higher levels of engagement.

Wednesday, Jan 16th, 2019
1:00pm-2:00pm CT

Live Online Training

$20 for non-YIPA members

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Minnesota Mandated Reporting Law and Process

You’ll learn about available resources to help you through the process of reporting, as well as current terms and definitions to better understand reporting requirements. You’ll take a closer look at the three main agencies of the MN child protection system. Most importantly, you’ll be able to apply your knowledge of Minnesota’s mandated reporting procedures into the work you do every day.

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Provided by YIPA. 

Wednesday, Feb 13th, 2019

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Raising the Bar on Staff Supports: Building Staff SEL Skills

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

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Raising the Bar on Problem Solving: Skills for Life Success

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

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Raising the Bar on Building Youth Leaders: Teamwork and Responsibility

e-studies are FREE and accessible on YOUR schedule!

NorthStarYouth Worker Fellowship e-studies now available

For the past three years, NorthStar has partnered with the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota to create free, open-source learning materials through the Hubert Project. Past fellows have been invited to transform the ideas from their paper into a deeper set of content that can train youth workers, inform policy-makers, and advance the field.

The newest e-study, Taking Action Toward Equity in Youth Work, is now available! We invite you to explore both this, and previous e-studies, on the new website:



Partner Trainings

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