Professional Development


 March Citywide Youth Worker Gathering

Thur, March 14th 11:00-1:00 - Palace Recreation Center- Register HERE
Are you looking for new ideas to engage your young people during the summer? Want to connect with others to partner? Have some summer challenges you are looking to overcome?

We are excited to come together as we prepare for summer!  The Sprockets March Gathering will give you a chance to meet and talk with other youth workers who care about young people in Saint Paul. The event will include a variety of topics so everyone will leave with connections and ideas relevant to your work!


Wednesday, March 27th, 11:00-1:00 at Arlington Hills Community Center.  REGISTER HERE

Unleash the wonder of STEM with this special training event! Diver into a world of captivating activities designed for students in grades K-8. Don't miss this chance to inspire the next generation.

What to expect:

  • Explore 10 different STEM guides.
  • Materials Provided! Everything you need for seamless activities
  • Lunch provided! Connect with colleagues over lunch!

Facilitator: Anee Thor, Educational Engagement Specialists, Twin Cities Public Television (TPT)

 Behavior Management - Self Awareness and Regulation

Thursday, April 18th, 10:00-12:30 at Frogtown Community Center.  REGISTER HERE

Group management can be challenging, even on a good day. When participant behaviors become disruptive it can throw off even the most thought out plans. Meltdowns, outburst, distractedness, or avoidant behaviors are all communicating more than what is on the surface. This workshop will explore what happens internally as a person goes from regulated to dysregulated, and what youth workers can do to support building self awareness and regulation skills with their participants.  Facilitator: Jocelyn Wiedow, Sprockets

 Promoting Responsibility and Leadership

Friday, May 10th, 10:00-12:30 at Arlington Hills Community Center.  REGISTER HERE

Leadership, roles and responsibility 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 to 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 people’s ownership.

Facilitator: Jocelyn Wiedow, Sprockets

 Youth aspirations: Imainging and navigating futures in high education

Wed, April 3rd 11am-noon - online webinar - FREE - Sponsored by the U of M Department of Youth Development-  Learn more and register HERE

While many higher education preparatory programs focus on grades, test scores and financing, recent research in the field of youth development suggests that cultivating and fostering higher education aspirations may be a missing piece. Join Joanna Tzenis, state specialist in education and career pathways, to learn how you can sustain the college and university aspirations of young people while helping them identify and strategize around emergent challenges.

  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