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 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Maintaining a strong and collaborative team through difficult times

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It is challenging enough to manage yourself during a global pandemic with unpredictable outcomes, heightened uncertainty, and a sense of hopelessness, but now factor in the task of managing a team under those conditions. This session will walk you through strategies to keep folks motivated, build community, and provide intentional investments in each member of your team. We will explore some of the most common challenges leading a team through the collective stress of the pandemic and how to foster a culture of collaboration that keeps staff engaged. By the end the session learners will gain effective tools to maintain, engage, and lead a strong team during unsure times.

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

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avatar for Carlee Hoover

Carlee Hoover

Training & Development Specialist, School's Out Washington
Carlee has always had a passion and a desire to lead, teach, and invest in others. Over the last decade Carlee has focused on developing individuals and teams in settings ranging from afterschool programs to nonprofit board leaders and began training full time in 2021. During their... Read More →
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Charlotte Malone

Training Specialist, Boys & Girls Clubs of King County
Charlotte believes in the power of ongoing education, and wishes to provide meaningful, continuous learning opportunities designed to help all learners practice the necessary skills to work with youth. Charlotte believes it is her role as an educator and leader to light a fire inside... Read More →

Wednesday October 27, 2021 2:30pm - 4:00pm PDT
Zoom- Meeting