Professional Development

Do you work with youth in Saint Paul? These trainings and network discussions are for you!

Quality program features

Quality youth programs are the intersection of quality program features, engaged youth, and youth worker expertise. Professional development opportunities are designed to support these three elements.

Workshops marked with are sponsored by Sprockets and are no cost to those working with St. Paul Youth.  Others are on behalf of other organizations.  If fees apply, that will be noted near the registration link. See bottom of page for partners providing additional training not listed.

Wed, Jan 31, 2018
1:00 pm-2:00pm
(2-3 EST)

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Promoting Equity for LGBTQ Youth 

Positive identity formation, parent and peer relations, and community connection are critical protective factors.  However, bias, marginalization, violence and trauma can negatively affect a young person's physical, social-emotional and mental health.  For youth who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) or questioning (Q) their sexual orientation or gender identity, research has documented how these risks can affect their well-being.  This session will summarize key data and research and provide information and resources including a blueprint for creating more supportive services and communities for LGBTQ youth. This session will feature Jeffrey Poirier, Senior Research Associate with the Annie E. Casey Foundation.This webinar is presented by the Froum for Youth Investment

Feb.19th, 2018
9:00 am-12:00pm
Community Education and Conference Center, U of M St. Paul Campus
1890 Buford Ave

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*webinar option available

Re-imagining Youth Work through an Equity Lens - Symposium

How can a critical perspective improve youth work? Marginalized youth deserve equitable access to meaningful youth development experiences, but many of us are unsure of how to effectively meet their needs. We can be slow to recognize that the shifting landscape of youth work requires bold and sweeping action. We need to think about youth work in innovative ways that include critical analysis of how race, gender, class and sexuality relate to our programming, goals and outcomes. Self-work, including equity and diversity training, is necessary to transform youth work. *Youth encouraged to attend.

This symposium will offer:

  • a framework for critical youth work
  • practical ways for organizations to do youth-centric work that liberates without marginalizing

Presenters, Torie Weiston-Serdan and Morgen Campbell

This symposium is a part of the three-year series on Equity & Youth Development sponsored by Minnesota 4-H’s Howland Family Endowment for youth leadership development. This kickoff event is offered in partnership with MENTOR Minnesota and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities.

Fri. Feb.23rd, 2018
10:00 am-12:00pm
Arlington Hills Community Center
1200 Payne Ave

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Exploring Family Engagement- 

We know that families are the foundation that support a young person's development yet we don't always know how best to engage them in partnership through our programming.  Join other youth program providers to identify challenges and work together to explore goals and strategies youth programs can focus on to improve family engagement in 2018. 

Facilitator: Jocelyn Wiedow, Sprockets & Zong Vang, ACES


Partner Trainings

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