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, April 27th

Saint Paul Federation of Teachers (SPFT)
23 Empire Drive

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Restorative Practices with SPPS

In the fall of 2016, Saint Paul Public Schools began the process of bringing restorative practices to 6 of their schools, a process that newly engaged 3 additional schools for 17-18.  Join members of the restorative practice school leaders in SPPS for a day of learning.  The experience will include an introduction to circle process and an overview of what different school communities are implementing at their respective sites.  

Whether you are new to circle, or looking to recenter or freshen up your practice. join us to explore restorative practice.

Light lunch provided

Facilitator: Becky McCammon, SPPS Restorative Practices Coordinator and SPPS RP Facilitators

Supportive Relationships and EnvironmentThis workshop aligns with bibi #2

May 11th, 2018
10:00 am-12:30pm
Hiway Federal Credit Union
840 Westminster St.
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Planning and Reflection

Are you engaging youth in the critical life skills of planning and reflection?  Are you ready to be more intentional about including planning and reflection strategies into your daily routine and activities but not sure where to start?  This interactive workshop will introduce participants to powerful and easy to use methods that promote youth engagement in planning, implementing, and evaluating activities and projects. 

Participants will:

  • Gain experience utilizing planning and reflection strategies
  • Understand the role that planning and reflection play in the experiential learning cycle
  • Explore how planning and reflection comes to life in their own programs.

Planning and Reflection are two components of the experiential learning cycle.  They work together to strengthen the experience that you provide for the young people in your program.  The methods help youth build their critical thinking skills, apply what they’ve learned and fit their current experience and learning into the context of their prior knowledge.

Facilitator: Jocelyn Wiedow, Sprockets and Hollis Emery, Conservation Corps

Youth Voice & LeadershipThis workshop aligns with bibi #3

May 24th, 2018
10:00 am-12:30pm
YWCA St. Paul
375 Selby Ave

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Autism 101 and Positive Behavior Supports

Learn common characteristics of individuals with autism and sensory processing disorders. Obtain valuable insight on evidence-based best practices to support people with autism as well as youth of all ages and abilities.

Facilitator: Autism Society of Minnesota - AuSM


Partner Trainings

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