Now in its 19th year, School’s Out Washington’s annual Bridge Conference brings together school-age care providers, youth development professionals, leaders, community organizers, funders, and policy makers from across the country.

Attendees hear from thought-provoking presenters and learn new strategies to build strong programs and equitable systems for young people, in and out of school. Reflected in all aspects of the Bridge Conference are the values of equity, belonging, leadership, nourishment, change, innovation, and community. Our attendees and presenters represent the diverse communities we work with across the state. In 2021, for our second virtual conference, we will come together to celebrate, influence, and learn in community with the expanded learning field.

We gather to:
  • Engage with a diverse range of knowledge, people, and perspectives
  • Identify the ways that racial inequities impact youth, expanded learning opportunities, and educational outcomes
  • Experience a sense of belonging to nourish social connection and professional networking
  • Learn how to implement tangible practices that promote an equitable expanded learning opportunity ecosystem
  • Strive to recognize power dynamics throughout programs and systems and begin to strategize how to co-create stronger partnerships across sectors

2021 Bridge: From Seedlings to Stardust
Across time and cultures, humans have found comfort, guidance, and knowledge amongst the stars. Before we had the technology to tell us what was out there, we were grounded and deeply connected to this unknown we reached for it. The stars can be said to be our first home, the first dreamscape of humankind. We have only just begun our rupture – the shattering and deconstruction of—individual and collective realities. This change has brought exhaustion—with no clear path in sight. Yet, we cannot stifle ourselves in normalcy. 2021 Bridge: From Seedlings to Stardust dares us to dream and to pour into the tenaciousness of transformation. The seeds have been sown—now, how do we shape this change?

Systems Leader Cohort
For 2021, the Systems Leader Cohort will include a Pre-Conference on October 26 and a series of recommended workshops for funders, policymakers, and community leaders. This cohort will focus on advancing equity through a well-supported expanded learning system in this profound moment of change.

Bridge Conference Registrants: Once you register, participants will receive an email from Sched inviting you to create and/or log into your Sched account so you can create your personalized schedule and prepare to attend the event. Check out our Attendee Guidance Checklist for more info on "how" to show up to this virtual event or contact our Customer Service team at bridge@schoolsoutwashington.org if you have any challenges navigating the platform. 
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Hannah Patterson (she/her)

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Sophie Biddle (she/her)

Cultivate Learning at the University of Washington
Professional Development Specialist
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Ben Matthews (they/them)

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DEI Specialist

Adar Abdi

Youth Storyteller
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Sabrina Aguirre

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Maestra de primaria y dueña del negocio La Doula Sagrada

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Family Engagement Program Coordinator
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Benji Anderson

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Luann Anderson

21st Century Program Director

Maria Solano Arauz

Alliance for Gun Responsibility
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Meredith Arena

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Teaching Arist
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Jamie Ashton

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Maria Pia Johnson Barreto

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David Beard

School's Out Washington
Policy & Advocacy Director

Sergio Beltran

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Brad Blackburn

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Nicholas Bradford

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Susan Brown

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Alejandra Cardoso

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Abigail Castillo

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London Clark

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Krystal Correa

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Tiffany Coulson

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Jessica Donner

Every Hour Counts
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Liz Dozier

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Tremayne Edwards

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Olisa Enrico, MFA

Co-Director of Arts Education

Julie Feng

Community Center for Education Results
Senior Communications Strategist
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Julia Gabor

Mindful Founder
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Roxana Pardo Garcia

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Lex Gavin

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Angela Griffin

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Theresa Hardy

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Vanessa Hernandez

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Jenny Hicks

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Carlee Hoover

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Lisa Gomi Hui

Director of Measurement and Improvement
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Janell Jordan

King County Program Manager

Katherine Kang

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Tymmony Keegan

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Aidan Key

Gender Diversity
Gender Diversity Educator (K-12 Trans/Nonbinary Educator)

Diego Laguna

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Roshaé Lowe

Sound Discipline
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Jae Maldonado

Be The Change Consulting
Business Strategist, Equity Coach, & Facilitator
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Charlotte Malone

Boys & Girls Clubs of King County
Training Specialist
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Fong Marcolongo

Be The Change Consulting
VP of Education and Youth Development

Fredy Marin

21st Century Site Director: Highland High
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Dave Martineau

Forum for Youth Investment's Weikart Center
Director of Design & Innovation
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Jennifer Martinez

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Director of Equity and Family Engagement
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Melissa McPheeters

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Laura Mendoza

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Eva Jo Meyers

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Co-Founder of Spark Decks
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James Miles

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Road Map Project
Youth Storyteller
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Corey Newhouse

Public Profit
Founder and Principal of Public Profit
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Kimmy Nguyen

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Program Quality Administrative Assistant
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Aaron Norikane

Sound Discipline
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Storytellers for Change
Director & Founder

Brandee Paisano

Boys & Girls Clubs of King County
Area Director
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Barbara Peterson

Executive Director

Michelle Pina

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Maricela Rodriguez

St. Vincent de Paul of Seattle/King County
Spanish Instructor

Carina del Rosario

Art Corps
Teaching Artist
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Clara Rosebrock

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Learning and Design Coordinator
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Erik Skold

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Katherine Spinney

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BRAVE Trailblazers Youth

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Department of Education and Early Learning
Planning and Development Specialist, Sr
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Valerie Tomici

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Ana Trusty

Mujeres in Action (MiA)
Supervisora de Programas

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Youth Educator and Consultant
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Bertha Villa

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Katie Wallace

University of Washington
Program Manager & Educator
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Jessica Werner

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Alicia Wilson-Ahlstrom

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Alan Wong

Sound Discipline
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Rebecca Wong

Cultivate Learning at the University of Washington
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