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.

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.

Learn more here

Provided by YIPA. 

February 14th, 2019
Eastview Rec/SPUT
1675 5th St E

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Building Community

Do you know what it takes to build an emotionally and physically safe space for youth?  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.

Participants will:

  • Explore the ways in which you can build community with youth and provide youth with opportunities to develop a sense of belonging
  • Understand the difference between icebreakers, energizers, name games and bonding games
  • Understand the stages of group development

Wednesday, Feb 13th, 2019
Webinar 1:00-2:00 CT

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Raising the Bar on Staff Supports: Building Staff SEL Skills

A program culture that supports adult SEL skill growth is essential for creating youth SEL growth because cultivating SEL skills requires a higher level of emotional and intellectual engagement of staff. In order for youth to have high quality SEL experiences in youth programs, staff have to be supported in: gaining self-awareness, growing their abilities around building relationships, and being part of a team. Adults who have this understanding can then create environments for youth to do the same. Learn best practices for supporting staff SEL skill growth, preventing burn-out and creating a safe space for staff to reflect on their own practice.

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

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Raising the Bar on Problem Solving: Skills for Life Success

Critical thinking and creativity are key life skills for real-world problem solving, including being able to adapt to life changes. This webinar will explore new SEL PQA items around Problem Solving and how staff can design opportunities for youth to create plans, measure progress towards a goal, and solve challenges that arise along the way.

This webinar would be ideal for project directors, site coordinators, and frontline staff.

April, 12th 
U of M St. Paul Campus

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Cost $30

Social Emotional Learning in Practice

Social and emotional skills are powerful and complex. There are no cookie cutter methods that work with every young person, but youth workers can influence how social and emotional skills are caught and taught within their program. This action-based training builds fluency and understanding of how to support social and emotional learning (SEL).  By exploring practices that infuse social and emotional learning opportunities into existing program content, participants will walk away with strategies to intentionally support social emotional skill growth.

What you’ll have when you walk away

  • A program map to explain how your program supports SEL.
  • Practical strategies to engage staff, families, and youth in SEL conversations.
  • Ideas for infusing your learning environment and learning experiences with SEL opportunities.
  • Tools to begin measuring social emotional skill growth.

Audience: Program managers, program coordinators, full-time direct service providers

Facilitator: Kate Walker, U of M Extension Services

April, 19th 
U of M St. Paul Campus

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Cost $30

Mapping Social and Emotional Learning

This advanced workshop is designed for program leaders ready to develop a deeper understanding of how their program aligns with social and emotional skill building. Programs designed for social emotional learning have parallel cycles. They have a program cycle that describes an activity, ongoing project, or goal that youth work towards. They also have a social emotional learning cycle that describes the skills youth need to develop organization, deal with challenges, and succeed in the program.

Through opportunities for reflection, working together with peers, and coaching from instructors, this workshop will provide participants with tools to describe how and why their program supports social emotional skill development.

What you’ll have when you walk away:

  • A visual "map" that describes your program design.
  • A parallel "map" that describes your program's SEL cycle.
  • Tools to help you explain to stakeholders how and why your program supports SEL. 
  • A customized action plan to guide your program's next steps.

Who should attend: Teams of program leaders, managers, coordinators, and direct service providers who have previously attended SEL in Practice or have a solid understanding of SEL basics. We encourage teams of two or three staff members to register and attend together.


Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

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Raising the Bar on Building Youth Leaders: Teamwork and Responsibility

What are the qualities of a youth leader? How can youth programs build those skills? A successful youth leader is able to be both responsible for accomplishing a task and able to navigate interpersonal relationships so that the entire team can be successful. Learn best practices for scaffolding youth to be successful leaders.

This webinar would be ideal for project directors, site coordinators, and frontline staff.

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:



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