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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Wednesday, October 27 • 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Shaping Stories to Shift Systems: The Youth Storytellers Project

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To center community and lead with anti-racist action, we need to reimagine who “experts” are, resource young people of color to own their stories, and follow their visions of transformation. In this session, learn about the Road Map Youth Storytellers Project, which has collaborated with young leaders to create communications projects that advocate for change. Participants will engage with frameworks of narrative strategy, project-based learning, and community connection. Through five specific youth-led projects, particularly with storytelling about two of them on food justice in schools and disability support policies, participants will learn how systems change needs to be driven by community stories. This session is aimed at anyone who believes in the power of youth voices--educators, administrators, direct service staff, community organizers, funders, policymakers, and students.

STARS Credit offered for live attendance or watching the recording of this session.

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Julie Feng

Senior Communications Strategist, Community Center for Education Results
Julie Feng is a senior communications strategist at the Community Center for Education Results (supporting the Road Map Project). She is committed to elevating the stories of communities of color and working towards narrative shifts in the education system. Previously, she has supported... Read More →

Adar Abdi

Youth Storyteller
Adar is a sophomore at Evergreen High School (Highline Public Schools). She really likes to read fantasy books! She is super into political dramas like Scandal. She stands for liberation of all marginalized communities. As a Road Map Project Youth Storyteller, she hopes to bring empathy... Read More →

Nurhaliza Mohamath

Youth Storyteller, Road Map Project
Nurhaliza Mohamath is a Sociology, Economics and Business Administration student at Mills College and is on the road to completing her MBA this fall. She is pursuing her studies in hopes of promoting socioeconomic development in her respective South Seattle and Oakland communities... Read More →

Wednesday October 27, 2021 12:00pm - 1:30pm PDT
Zoom- Meeting