Professional Development


Youth Voice 

Postponed until further notice

Are you providing young people with authentic, meaningful choices throughout your program? Does your program reflect the input of the youth involved? Including youth voice in programming is a great way to help young people make good decisions, now and as they grow. Afterschool programs can provide a safe training ground for youth to experience voice, control and to practice decision making.

Participants will:

  • Understand the benefits of giving Youth Voice and how to offer meaningful opportunities for participation
  • Gain experience with Youth Voice strategies
  • Explore ways Youth Voice is, and can be, offered in their program

Research shows that quality programs incorporate youth input at both activity and organizational levels. This workshop will emphasize the importance of offering real choices and meaningful participation to youth, and nurturing youth leadership. This interactive workshop is focused on providing meaningful choice within activities and opportunities for youth input within the youth program itself.

Facilitator: Jocelyn Wiedow, Sprockets


April Citywide Network Meeting

Be sure to RSVP and invite a colleague!

Thursday, April 23rd 10:00am-12:00pm 

St. Clement’s Episcopal Church, 901 Portland Ave, St. Paul, 55104

Join us for our next Citywide convening, where we will review data from the Listen Up St. Paul Summer Survey.  The Community Engagement Team heard from 850 young people about their thoughts on access to OST programs.

We will also look at our annual Sprockets report to see how collectively we are serving young people in St. Paul.

The Clove Model  

Monday April 27th 9:00am - 1:00pm and Tuesday April 28th 9:00 am - noon

PLEASE NOTE - THIS IS A 2 DAY TRAINING - covering 4 training sessions on the Clover Model.

*You muse complete day 1 to participate in day 2.

Facilitators: Julie Richards, Brooklyn Bridge Alliance for Youth & Jocelyn Wiedow, Sprockets


DAY ONE Monday, April 27th, 9am-1pm

Understanding Social-Emotional Development, Birth to Adulthood - Most American education and youth development settings are built on a history of developmental theorists, from Freud to Gardner. Understanding human development can transform the way we work with children and youth. The Clover Model synthesizes multiple theories, and provides a practical, usable framework for educators and youth workers.

 Learning Goals:

  • What is the Clover Model?
  • What do the four “leaves” of Clover represent?
  • How does social and emotional development unfold in early childhood?
  • How does Clover help us understand child and youth development?

 Developing Strategies for Social-Emotional Development -Clover is more than a framework, it’s a tool that helps us understand the needs of the children and youth we work with, and develop strategies for helping them learn and grow. This unit explores the complex connections between the Clover leaves and teaches participants to use the framework to develop real strategies for social-emotional support.

Learning Goals:

  • How does Clover help us support growth and learning?
  • How do we create strengths-based strategies for social-emotional development?
  • What do we already do in our schools and programs that supports healthy social-emotional development?
  • What can we add to our schools and programs to support healthy social-emotional development in new and better ways?

DAY TWO Tuesday, April 28th 9am-noon

Clover and Resilience -Clover helps us understand the varied reactions and coping skills that children and youth may exhibit when they have experienced stress, trauma or adverse childhood events. Using Clover, we can create trauma-sensitive learning environments that help children thrive and build resiliencies.

Learning Goals:

  • What is chronic stress?
  • How can Clover help us understand the impacts of trauma or stress and the intense behaviors of children and youth who have experienced them?
  • What can we do to provide a healthy, safe, and inclusive social-emotional environment for children and youth who have had traumatic experiences?

Clover and Cultural Responsiveness -Clover can give us a lens through which to view our own cultural perspectives/contexts and the perspectives/contexts of others. It can give us tools to support diverse students and to make sure that our schools and programs are culturally responsive.

Learning Goals:

  • How Clover can help us understand differences in the values and beliefs of our own and others’ cultures
  • What code switching is and how Clover can help us understand its complexity
  • How Clover leaves may be expressed in different cultural contexts


Partner Trainings

More training opportunities from the community:

MYouth Pro - An Initiative of Youth Intervention Programs Association (YIPA)

Minnesota Literacy Council - Volunteer Tutor Trainings

Minnesota Literacy Council - Tutoring Basics

NorthStar Youth Work e-studies

U of M Center for Youth Development