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. Believe it. Build it (bibi) is a resource that includes 6 core building blocks of effective program practices designed by Ignite, MN's Statewide Afterschool's. Number designations note trainings that align with bibi building blocks.


Friday, Sept 14th, 2018
Wellstone Center
179 Robie Street

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Activator Kick Off 

The Activator Kick-Off helps your staff team get energized and prepare for the upcoming year. Come learn about the Sprockets supports that will help you collect and use data to build strong programs, and be inspired by stories of how other programs are collecting and using data! 

Friday, Oct 12th, 2018
Arlington Hills Community Center
1200 Payne Avenue

Registration Opens Sep 14th

YPQA as a Self Assessment 

Learn how to define quality at the point of service (where young people and adults meet inside of a program) and how to use the YPQA tool to assess youth program quality with your staff on your own time. Participants will learn the difference between observational measures and typical survey evaluation. The Youth Program Quality Assessment (YPQA) is a nationally recognized observational measurement tool that provides a valid and reliable way to assess program quality.

Facilitator: Deb Moore, Center for Youth Development

Lunch provided 

e-studies are FREE and accessible on YOUR schedule!

NorthStarYouth Worker Fellowship e-studies now available

For the past three years, NorthStar has partnered with the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota to create free, open-source learning materials through the Hubert Project. Past fellows have been invited to transform the ideas from their paper into a deeper set of content that can train youth workers, inform policy-makers, and advance the field.

The newest e-study, Taking Action Toward Equity in Youth Work, is now available! We invite you to explore both this, and previous e-studies, on the new website:



Partner Trainings

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