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 brought to you through our network partners 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.

Multiple opportunities

March 11th, March 18th
April 15th & May 20th 

9am-11am
East Side Freedom library
1105 Greenbrier, St. Paul

FREE - no registration

Restorative Practice Drop-In Circles

The St. Paul Federation of Teachers is hosting multiple drop-in circles where attendees will convene in circle to build community, deepen conversation about restorative practice and lean into circle keeping.

   

Mon-Tue
March 20th-21st, 2017

9:00am - 3:00pm

St. Paul Federation of Teachers
23 Empire Dr

$150 

Contact Becky McCammon Becky@spft.org  or Rebecca Wade at rebecca@spft.org to register

Restorative Practice Circle Training

Participants will be provided with an embodied experience of circle and examples of ways in which circles can be used in a variety of settings.  Time together will be designed to be completely experiential.  An overview of circle practices and some key guidelines, foundations and protocols while in circle will be provided.  A great deal of the second day will be spent coaching and encouraging participants to practice circle skills for use in their designated environments.

Facilitators: Sharon Goens-Bradley and Dominique Diaddigo-Cas work in the Twin Cities Healing Justice program for the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). Both Sharon and Dominique are trained Circle Keepers and are dedicated to building and supporting the movement for restorative practices as a counterpoint to putative measures that can happen in schools and communities.

Tuesday March 21st, 2017
10:00am - noon

East Side Freedom Library
FREE

Register HERE
PASSWORD: 3.21.17

 

Learning Session - Historical Trauma: Engaging the African American Community 

When discussing the ills and disparities within the African American Community systemic concerns aren’t being questioned as barriers, the personal accountability comes to the forefront. In some instances, African-American historical trauma is typically dismissed and not addressed. This presentation will increase awareness of the link between historical and/or intergenerational trauma, and explore challenges to effectively engage the African American community. Also discussed will be sensitive trauma informed promising practices and possible conscious and implicit bias.

Speaker: Sam Simmons
Samuel Simmons Learning Session Flyer
Event with support of the Ramsey County Violence Prevention Action Team

Monday March 27th, 2017
10:00am - 11:30

YWCA St. Paul
375 Selby Ave

RSVP HERE

Network Discussion - Quality Youth Work through a Cultural Lens 

Last January Sprockets Neighborhood Network Teams started discussing what it means to have a culturally responsive youth program.  Those conversations allowed us to skim the surface.  If you are interested in taking a deeper dive into the topic, this opportunity is for you. This facilitated discussion will allow Sprockets Network partners to take a deeper dive together and:

  • Discuss what quality looks like through a cultural lens
  • Explore what current programs are using that represent culturally responsive practices
  • Recommend opportunities to deepen understanding of culturally responsive youth work practices through the network

Friday, May 19th 

8am - 4:30pm
Burnsville YMCA
13850 Portland Ave. S.

To register or more info contact Holly Larson holly_larson@nps.gov 651-955-2814

These two dates are being provided FREE!

Leading Nature-Based Activities for Children

Are you… looking for more program ideas and materials for getting kids outdoors? Do you have new or seasonal staff or volunteers that need training in leading outdoor activities? For a limited time, Project Get Outdoors, a Minnesota non profit that specializes in nature-based programming for preschool to 8th grade children, is offering its new, 8-hour Leader Certification Training for free! BONUS: Trainees will be able to check out 6 different nature themed activity trunks for their future group activities. 

This 8-hour training will provide participants with:

  • An overview of the role nature experiences play in fostering healthy youth development
  • Cultural awareness when working outdoors with groups
  • Strategies for engaging children with nature
  • Tips and tricks for behavior management during outdoor time
  • Community mapping tools for finding sites for nature programs
  • Hands-on practice with activity planning resources
  • 8 CEUs

Project GO Training Flyer

Each participant will receive a free Project GO Leader Backpack with materials for nature-based activities ($75 value), a program calendar and guide with hundreds of program ideas, a workbook full of program planning resources, and year-round access to 6 activity trunks filled with everything you need for a group nature-based activity! 

Facilitated by: Project Get Outdoors

Thurs April 20th, 2017
9:00am - Noon
Baker Center
209 W. Page Street

Register Here

SEL Methods - Empathy and Emotion Management

There has been a growing body of research on Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in recent years that has brought to the forefront what we all know; SEL is important in the growth and development of young people. We know that the quality of a program impacts young people, but how do we take the next step to become more intentional about creating opportunities for young people that develop these skills.

This session will focus on two of the six SEL Skills identified through the Preparing Youth To Thrive Initiative conducted in partnership between eight exemplary programs, the Susan Crown Exchange and the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality.

Staff will learn strategies to support youth as they grow skills to:

  • Relate to others with acceptance, understanding, and sensitivity to diverse perspectives and experiences
  • Be aware of and constructively handle both positive and challenging emotions

Facilitated by: Monica Jones, Weikart Center and Poppy Potter, Voyager Outward Bound School

Friday April 21st, 2017
9:00am - Noon
Baker Center
209 W. Page Street

Register Here

SEL Methods - Initiative and Problem Solving

There has been a growing body of research on Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in recent years that has brought to the forefront what we all know; SEL is important in the growth and development of young people. We know that the quality of a program impacts young people, but how do we take the next step to become more intentional about creating opportunities for young people that develop these skills.

This session will focus on two of the six SEL Skills identified through the Preparing Youth To Thrive Initiative conducted in partnership between eight exemplary programs, the Susan Crown Exchange and the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality.

Staff will learn strategies to support youth as they grow skills to:

  • Take action, sustain motivation, and persevere through challenge toward an identified goal
  • Plan, strategize and implement complex tasks

Facilitated by: Monica Jones, Weikart Center and Poppy Potter, Voyager Outward Bound School

Friday April 21st, 2017
8:30am - 3:30pm
U of M Recreation & Wellness Center
123 SE Harvard St, Mpls

Register Here

$65/ $20 students

Exploring the impact of physical fitness and sports in Healthy Out-of-school Time (HOST) programs

Flyer with details, speaker information and more

Alliance for Athletics and Academic Access: 2017 Youth Development Conference

April 17th - 18th, 2017
or
April 24th - 25th, 2017

9:00am - 3:30pm

St. Paul Federation of Teachers
23 Empire Dr

$200 - includes light breakfast, lunch and copy of Circle Forward

Contact Becky McCammon Becky@spft.org  or Rebecca Wade at rebecca@spft.org to register

Using Peacemaking Circles in Schools: Two Day Training (highly applicable to in school and community settings)

Circle Forward author, Kay Pranis, will introduce participants to the peacemaking circle process and explore:

  • foundational values and philosophy of peacemaking circles
  • creating safe, respectful space for dialog
  • structure of the circle process
  • facilitation of the circle process
  • multiple applications of circle process in schools
  • relationship to school climate, social-emotional learning skills
  • designing and conducting talking circles in schools

Participants will learn to design and conduct peacemaking circles for community building, dialog and instruction.  The training will be conducted in the peacemaking circle format and will be highly interactive, using the life experience of all the participants as a teaching resource.

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