Professional Development


 Youth Work Practices: Foundations of Quality Programming

Friday, September 16th, 2022, 10am-12:30  - RSVP HERE 
In-person workshop at Baker Center

The Approach to Program Quality is a set of best practice methods and strategies with a consistent focus on empowering young people to become active, engaged participants in shaping and leading their learning experiences. Youth programs can be optimized for youth needs, motivation, and engagement. These foundational practices to youth work are designed to address these goals. This youth-centered approach is the foundation for the Youth Program Quality Pyramid.

  • Participants will be able to identify the four guiding principles of the Approach.
  • Participants will be able to recognize best practice behaviors.

Participants will be able to incorporate aspects of the approach into their planning.

Facilitator: Jocelyn Wiedow, Sprockets 

 Activator Kick Off

Friday, September 23rd , 10am-12:00 in-person at Wellstone Center  - RSVP HERE

The Activator Kick off is a time for your team to learn about the cycle, hear how other organizations leverage data for improvement, and target your goals and next steps for your improvement cycle. Attendees dive deeper into other topics around program quality improvement through a variety of workshop opportunities.  


 Sprockets West Side/West 7th Network Gathering- 

Thursday, September 29th 10:30-11:30, In-person at location Wellstone Center -  RSVP HERE

Meeting the needs of community both inside our own organizations and across organizations starts with relationship! COVID has impacted our ability to stay connected over the past couple of years, and with staff turnover brings lots of new faces to meet.

We will take time and space to build and strengthen relationship as well as:

  • Hear about opportunities currently available
  • Build connections for future collaboration or coordination
  • Identify what we want to know more about to best serve young people


 Sprockets Frogtown Network Gathering- 

Friday, October 7th 10:30-12:00 at Frogtown Community Center -  RSVP HERE

Meeting the needs of community both inside our own organizations and across organizations starts with relationship! COVID has impacted our ability to stay connected over the past couple of years, and with staff turnover brings lots of new faces to meet.

 SEL PQA Self Assessment Training

Wednesday, October 12th , 9am-3:00 in-person at Wellstone Center - Contact jwiedow@ywcastpaul.org for registration information

*SEL PQA Basics registration will be available after the Kick Off for programs participating in the Activator Cycle.

The Social Emotional Learning Program Quality Assessment (SEL PQA) is a framework that articulates and measures staff practices that have been identified by research on
positive youth development, social and emotional learning, and the science of learning and development, among others. In this workshop participants will learn the structure of the PQA, understand the components of measurable SEL quality practices, and how to use and score the instrument as well as develop observation and note-taking skills that generates anecdotal evidence for implementing and scoring the tool. 

Facilitator: Steph Love, The Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality

 Sprockets North End Network Gathering-

Tuesday, October 11th, 10:30-12:00 In-person at Rice Street Library (tentative)-  RSVP HERE

Meeting the needs of community both inside our own organizations and across organizations starts with relationship! COVID has impacted our ability to stay connected over the past couple of years, and with staff turnover brings lots of new faces to meet.


 Exploring Youth Outcomes

Tuesday, October 18th , 10am-noon in-person at Frogtown Community Center - Registration HERE

We know our programs make a difference but how do we tell that story? Youth outcomes demonstrate the impact our programs have on young people but continue to be a challenge for programs to determine the right tool or process to collect that data. This interactive workshop will walk participants through practical questions and concepts to create their own map to identifying and measuring outcomes for their programs.  Participants will also hear from a panel around the challenges and successes other programs have experienced in their own work around youth outcomes.

Facilitators: Erik Skold and Jocelyn Wiedow, Sprockets


 Sprockets East Side Network Gathering- 

Wednesday October 19th, 10:30-12:00  In-person at Arlington Hills Community Center -  RSVP HERE

Meeting the needs of community both inside our own organizations and across organizations starts with relationship! COVID has impacted our ability to stay connected over the past couple of years, and with staff turnover brings lots of new faces to meet.

 

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Focus on Quality SEL Series - Social Development

What: Series of professional development with a focus on Social, Emotional, and Learning components of quality.  This fall we will focus on ways to support social development.  

Who: Great for front line staff or leads/supervisors who can bring content learning back to their sites.

Commitment: The three workshops in the Social series are best experienced together as there are concepts that build and reinforce each other.  That said, attendees will get something out of them as standalone sessions as well.

 Foundations and Self-Awareness of Social Development - Session 1*

Friday, October 28th, 10:30am-1:00pm in-person at Rondo Community Outreach Library  - REGISTER HERE

The SEL Competence and well-being of youth workers is necessary for creating programs where young people see social skills modeled and discussed. This introspective workshop is designed to support youth workers with their own ongoing social development. Participants will explore their personal identity, strengths, and values in social and professional settings, and how that influences their approach to communication, teamwork, responsibility, and leadership. Participants will identify ways to grow their social competencies and how that can impact their work with young people.

*This workshop is one of three sessions focusing on Social Development. The sessions are great as a series, but structured to work as stand-alone as well.

Facilitator: Jocelyn Wiedow, Sprockets


 Fostering Teamwork - Session 2*

Friday, November 4th, 10:30am-1:00pm in-person at Rondo Community Outreach Library  - REGISTER HERE

Teamwork-for some the word generates excitement, for some dread. With time, support, and facilitation youth workers can help young people have both strong team-building skills and a sense of trust and group identity. Participants in this workshop will learn and apply group norm-building and facilitation techniques. Time will be spent applying and scaffolding techniques to support young people in managing their communication styles and applying reframing conflict skills.

*This workshop is one of three sessions focusing on Social Development. The sessions are great as a series, but structured to work as stand-alone as well.

Facilitator: Jocelyn Wiedow, Sprockets


 Promoting Responsibility and Leadership - Session 3*

Thursday, November 10th , 10:30am-1:00 in-person at Rondo Community Outreach Library  - REGISTER HERE

Leadership and responsibility opportunities are not only foundational to high-quality programs but are also important social and emotional abilities for young people to build, develop, and practice. In this workshop, participants will explore how responsibility and leadership fit within a broader SEL framework and develop practical skills to model roles and responsibilities and support young people in leveraging their strengths, interests, and leadership style as part of groups and relationships. Participants will practice applying techniques learned to their program with an eye towards facilitating young peoples’ ownership.

*This workshop is one of three sessions focusing on Social Development. The sessions are great as a series, but structured to work as stand-alone as well.

Facilitator: Jocelyn Wiedow, Sprockets

 

 Sprockets Citywide Network Gathering- Topic: TBD

December date coming soon, In-person at location coming soon -  RSVP HERE

  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)

NorthStar Youth Work e-studies

U of M Center for Youth Development

MnAEYC/ MnSACA