Professional Development

Do 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.

Friday, Nov 2nd, 2018
Rondo Community Library 
461 Dale St.

Register Here

Getting the Most Out of the Sprockets Shared Data System

Is your organization collecting attendance and demographic data from participants using the Sprockets Shared Data system?  Learn how to put that data to good use for more than just funder reports.  This session will give you a chance to hear how other organizations are using the Sprockets Shared Data System and learn how to ask the right questions and interpret results to use data for program improvement. This session will also have a special focus on learning how to run reports out of the Sprockets Shared Data System so you can put your organization’s data right at your fingertips.

Facilitator: Megan Chmielewski, Wilder Research

Tuesday, Nov 13th, 2018
Baker Center 
209 W. Page Street

Register Here

An Introduction to the Clover Model and HSA   

Are you looking for an SEL framework or assessment tool that’s right for your program? The PEAR Institute is partnering with our Twin Cities colleagues to present an introduction to the Clover model and Holistic Student Assessment - November 13, 10am-12pm at The Baker Center. 

This FREE event is open to any educators or youth program providers in Minnesota who are curious about PEAR’s resources. Members of Sprockets’ SEL Pilot (2015-2018) will share their experiences with PEAR’s tools and provide information about an upcoming opportunity for in-depth training and support, coming in 2019.

Attend in person or virtually to learn more about what these resources can do for you.

Facilitators: Nou Yang, Wilder's YLI, Julie Richards, Boys and Girls Club of the Twin Cities, and Caitlin McCormick Small, The PEAR Institute

Friday, Nov 16th, 2018
Girl Scouts River Valleys
400 South Robert Street

Register Here

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.

Facilitator: Jocelyn Wiedow, Sprockets

November 26th & 27th, 2018
3001 Broadway Street NE 

Register Here

Cost: $450-$500

Youthprise Disrupt Series: Design Thinking 

Youthprise is launching a new Disrupt workshop series with a Design Thinking workshop! People are often asked to be innovative and develop new solutions, but they are left with the question: how? Design thinking is one way you can address the how. In this workshop, you will learn the basics of design thinking and strategize about how you can apply the principles to your program or organization. Facilitators will share Youthprise’s unique approach to design thinking which utilizes the process to engage stakeholders including young people and the community in developing solutions. 

Disrupt is a workshop series created by youth and adults to help you reimagine your own work to be more inclusive, creative and impactful. This is more than learning how to bring people to the table, these workshops will equip you with strategies to build authentic relationships and ensure that folks most impacted have decision-making power and are centered in your work.

Facilitators:  Neese Parker and Libby Rau


Friday, Nov 30th, 2018
Liberty Plaza
290 Arundel St. 

Register Here

Active Learning

Do you know the difference between active learning and “hands-on” learning? Giving youth materials is just the beginning. This interactive workshop introduces strategies for incorporating active learning, and helps participants create more powerful learning opportunities for youth.

Active learning occurs when young people actively process, rather than passively receive information. Adults can promote active learning by providing content that is challenging, meaningful, and focused on skillbuilding, and by providing strong support for youth as they learn.

Participants will:

  • Experience active learning first hand
  • Gain experience building the six principals of Active Learning into their program

Facilitators: Jocelyn Wiedow, Sprockets, and Hollis Emery, Conservations Corps

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

More training opportunities from the community: