Professional Development

 Sprockets Citywide Network Gathering- Topic: Youth Leadership

May 26th, 12:00-1:30 In-person at Newell Park  - RSVP HERE

We know youth leadership in programs is important, but what does it look like across programs in Saint Paul?  Join Saint Paul colleagues at the next citywide gathering where you will hear from each other what works, and what can work, as we continue to support youth leadership for young people, for our programs, and in community.

We are excited to announce our panelists! Shaun Kelley Walsh, Kayla Swanson (KAYSC), Zarea Mobley (UrbanRoots MN), Carey Shunskis, and William Hill!

Not only will you get to network with different organizations, you will hear from an amazing panel of folks, and be grouped with other programs like yours for rich small group discussions.

Program Quality Basics

June 6, 2022: 10:00 pm – 12:00 pm - Register HERE (FREE) from our partners at the University of MN Extension

Calling all summer staff! Join this free webinar to learn how to utilize research on youth program quality. Participants will be given strategies and examples to: 

  • Create a safe, supportive and productive summer learning environment for youth
  • Help youth build positive relatopmsjo[s with their peers and adult facilitators
  • Ensure youth engagement

Audience; Adults who work with and on behalf of youth

Presenters: Jan Derdowski and Karen Beranek, University of MN Extension

 Youth Mental Health First Aid

Wednesday, June 15th, 9:30- 3:00* in-person training and Wellstone Center - SESSION IS FULL - EMAIL TO BE ADDED TO WAIT LIST
*Note: There is an additional 2 hours self-paced online instruction in preparation for the training. Training is FREE but FULL participation in pre work and in person training is required.

Why Youth Mental Health First Aid?

Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges among children and adolescents ages 12-18.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is an early intervention public education program. It teaches adults how to recognize the signs and symptoms that suggest a potential mental health challenge, how to listen nonjudgmentally and give reassurance to a youth who may be experiencing a mental health challenge, and how to refer a person to appropriate professional support and services.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the purpose of Youth Mental Health First Aid and the role of the Youth Mental Health First Aider.
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health challenges that may impact youth.
  • Explain the impact of traumatic experiences and the role of resilience on adolescent development.
  • Apply the appropriate steps of the YMHFA Action Plan (ALGEE) to non-crisis situations.
  • Apply the appropriate steps of the YMHFA Action Plan (ALGEE) to crisis situations.
  • Choose appropriate methods for self-care following the application of Youth Mental Health First Aid in a crisis or non-crisis situation.

Social and Emotional Intelligence Development

June 16, 2022: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm - Register HERE

Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) is a process that all children, youth, and adults can acquire and apply throughout their lives, leading to positive outcomes.  This presentation discusses the five core competencies of SEL as defined by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL).  The competencies help us flourish as we develop self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making.  Positive outcomes include healthy identities and self-esteem, emotion regulation, empathy for others, and maturity in being thoughtfully supportive in our interactions in our families, schools, and communities.

Made possible by the East Side Health and Wellbeing Collaborative. More information about the Collaborative can be found at:

  Self-Guided online courses from the Center for Youth Development - U of M

These self-studies are a great onboarding resource. These introductory courses offer 3-6 hours of individual online learning with unlimited 24-hour access. Free, but registration is required.

YouTube YouthWorker Playlist

Check out the Sprockets YouTube channel for recordings of some of our past virtual offerings. Note that not all trainings are recorded and based on the interactive nature, we always encourage participating in real time when able.

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