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
Roles and Boundaries for Social Change – Building Collaboration Within our Ecosystems

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In this workshop, we'll dive into Deepa Iyer's Social Change Ecosystem. This framework can help individuals, networks, and organizations assess and align values, strengths, and areas of growth within a team or community. The target audience for this workshop is anyone who wants to learn more about the social change map, especially those working in collaborative and diverse teams.  

We'll talk about the roles we play in our ecosystems and our role(s) in social change. We hope that using this framework, along with having candid conversations about boundaries and the complexities of relationships, will serve youth development professionals in their work with students and beyond. Participants will engage in self-reflection, learn from their peers, and walk away with a tool for assessing community needs and strengths, decision-making, and boundary-setting while centering collaboration and well-being.

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

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Katie Wallace

Program Manager & Educator, University of Washington
Katie is an educator and youth advocate with 13+ years of experience working in public high schools, nonprofits and higher education. As a Korean-American adoptee growing up in the PNW, she’s passionate about identity, positionality and racial justice. Katie studied journalism and... Read More →
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Kimmy Nguyen

Program Quality Administrative Assistant, School's Out Washington
Kimmy is a Vietnamese-American and King County native. As a daughter of Vietnamese immigrants and a first-generation college graduate, her work centers on community engagement and youth development that aims to improve community health by providing culturally appropriate resources... Read More →

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