What moves you?
Have you ever wanted to make a video? Act in a play? Or maybe just find a cool place to do stuff with your friends? The Sprockets Program Finder has tons of after-school activities, summer programs and other fun things for teens and youth to do in Saint Paul. Just enter information about what interests you and the Program Finder will provide a list of activities that match your criteria. If you're looking for job skills, try browsing some programs that will help you gain professional experience, too.
No car? No problem.
We know sometimes it’s hard to find a way to get to activities and programs. Sprocket is working on lots of new ideas to help you get where you want to go – so keep checking back for more developments. In the meantime, try these ideas:
Ride the bus: The Sprockets Program Finder includes links to help you find the closest bus route to each program location, or use Metro Transit's Trip Planner.
Bike or walk: Narrow your Program Finder search to only include activities that are within walking or biking distance of your home or school.
After-school busing: If you go to an after-school program every day, ask your parents to contact the school and change your after-school bus stop to the program’s location.
Ready to get to work?
(UPDATE: Right Track application period has ended for 2014).
The Saint Paul Right Track program, formerly known as Youth Job Corps (YJC), provides meaningful work experiences for youth ages 14-21 who are from a low-income family or have a barrier to employment. The Right Track application for summer jobs is available online in mid-February each year. Once you have been accepted into Right Track, you can search the Right Track Job Bank where you'll find summer job openings to turn your vacation days into paydays. You will receive your log-in details for the Job Bank via email and at the Right Track Youth Jobs Expo. Be sure to take a look at Right Track's interview basics and resume tips to help you land that perfect summer job, and once you’re hired, get familiar with these essential skills for on-the-job success.
Still have questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org, and be sure to stay updated via Facebook and Twitter, too. For job opportunities outside of the Right Track program, check out the resources below. Many of these positions come and go throughout the year, so check back often or reach out to the organization to find out when they are accepting applications.
- City of Saint Paul Jobs website (occasional postings for lifeguards, park workers, etc.)
- Ramsey County YouthLEAD
- Minnesota Children’s Museum
- Rock Your Block
- Science Museum of Minnesota
- Cycles for Change
- Conservation Corps
Want your voice to be heard?
The Saint Paul Youth Commission is the place for young people in Saint Paul to have a voice at City Hall. This group of twenty-two ninth through 12th-grade students tackles community issues that help create a better Saint Paul for youth -- everything from opening the city’s only arts-based teen center to advocating for more affordable public transportation, to advising Sprockets on programs, marketing and social media. Applications to join the 2014-2015 Youth Commission will be available in April 2014. Contact Megan Mueller for more information.