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Educator/artist Eyenga Bokamba to head St. Paul’s Sprockets out-of-school network

She’ll head St. Paul’s program for providing opportunities for students in the times they’re not in school.

Eyenga Bokamba has been named director of Sprockets, the network that provides opportunities for St. Paul students while they’re not in school.

Sprockets is a collaboration of the city, St. Paul schools and community organizations.

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman made the appointment of Bokamba, who is an educator and artist.

“Sprockets is one of the best opportunities we have to help close the achievement gap in Saint Paul by increasing access to after-school and summer learning for young people throughout the city. We need a solid leader to keep the Sprockets network strong, and I’m delighted that we’ve found such a person in Eyenga Bokamba,” Coleman said.

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Bokamba said in a statement: “I look forward to working with the broad range of stakeholders who are invested in Sprockets to build on our past successes to create an even stronger future for Saint Paul’s youth.”

Sprockets, started in 2011, is a network of 50 organizations that provide training, professional development and coaching for 7,500 students.

Bokamba has been working as youth programs manager at Pillsbury House, where she was responsible for out-of-school time programming for K–8 students.

She’s a language arts teacher and worked in the Hopkins School District for 13 years. She’s also a practicing visual artist who was inducted into the National Association of Women Artists in 2011.