Professional Development

Creating Healing-Centered Spaces for Youth

Wednesday, May 1st, 10:00-12:00 at Wellstone Center.  REGISTER HERE

 We know that many young people experience overwhelming stress and trauma in their daily lives. And whether on the court, in a classroom, or in an afterschool program, there are intentional practices that make a positive impact on the young people you work with every day.

In this session we will learn about brain development, how we process information sequentially, consider the implications of overwhelming stress and trauma on how brains work, and reflect on levers that we have that help young people heal from overwhelming stress and thrive. This work is rooted in the research of Dr. Bruce Perry and delivered in a way that is accessible and applicable to us all.  This training is geared towards anyone who works with youth…sports coaches, mentors, afterschool programs, and all who interact with and support young people.

 Facilitator: Christine Bright, Center for Health and Justice through Sport.

This workshop is made possible by support from the Susan Crowne Exchange and the Million Coaches Challenge and is hosted in partnership with Sprockets

Behavior Management - Self Awareness and Regulation *Added date

Friday, May 3rd, 10:30-1:00 at Wellstone 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  

SEL PQA: Foundation Framework of Quality Programming *Added date

Thursday, May 9th, 10:30-12:30 at Rondo Library.  REGISTER HERE

The Social Emotional Learning Program Quality Assessment (SEL PQA) is a framework of best practice methods and strategies with a consistent focus on creating safe spaces for young people where they are safe and supported so they can learn and lead. 

This experiential workshop will introduce the framework as a planning tool so participants will be able to:

  • recognize best practice behaviors to support SEL. 
  • incorporate aspects of the approach into their program planning. 

*This workshop is not meant to prepare staff to complete SEL Self/Internal Assessments. a full day SEL PQA Self-Assessment Training will be provided next fall.

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 

Sprockets Network Gathering: Exploring Identity

Wednesday, May 29th, 10:00-12:00 at Wellstone Center.  REGISTER HERE

Join us for an interactive session where we explore our internal, external and interpersonal identities that helps us think about who we are, what we bring and how it impacts our work with youth. There will be multiple opportunities to connect with other youth workers both in a large group all together, and selecting a breakout session for deeper discussion. Topics include exploring cultural values activities, white cultural characteristics, importance of pronouns, and more.

Breakout Discussions:

  • Queerspace -  Learn about the work QUEERSPACE Collective is doing is to ensure and solidify a successful future for our LGBTQ+ young people, including how they talk with others about the importance of pronouns.
  • Exploring values activities - In this breakout, we’ll talk about both our personal values as well as the cultural values we live and experience, and how this impacts our youth work.
  • White cultural characteristics in the workplace -Dominant cultural characteristics have been passed on for generations, not only within our organizations, but in the ways we operate day to day. We will examine alternative ways of being, or antidotes, that help us push back on the norm and interrupt harmful practices. 
  • Modeling equitable spaces with your staff team. As a supervisor or a colleague, how we create space with each other models how we want spaces created for young people. This group will discuss how we can create equitable spaces with staff and young people.

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Thursday, May 23rd, 9AM - 5PM at Wellstone Community Center - THIS SESSION IS NOW FULL *if you would like to be on the waitlist, please email 

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders. To learn more, download the Mental Health First Aid for Youth one-pager.

Facilitator: Jocelyn Wiedow, Sprockets and Julie Richards, Inquire, Decipher, Progress 

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.

Self guided 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)

PDX by Ignite Afterschool

U of M Center for Youth Development