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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Thursday, October 28 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Storytelling Hour: From Seedlings to Stardust

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Storytelling Hour is 90 minutes of story sharing inspired by this year’s conference theme, From Seedlings to Stardust. The theme asks what seemingly small ideas led to larger change in our community. It dares us to keep dreaming and to pour ourselves into continued transformation. Together we will practice intentional listening and leave with a better understanding of the power of storytelling as a means of shaping change.

Please note that closed captioning will not be enabled for this session, as our closed captioning feature does not support multiple languages. The recording of this session will be hosted on YouTube, which has a Closed Captioning option.

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Director & Founder, Storytellers for Change
Luis Ortega is a TEDx Speaker, multidisciplinary storyteller, artist, empathy educator, social impact consultant, and the director and founder of Storytellers for Change. Over the last fourteen years, Luis has traveled across the nation to share his personal narrative and message... Read More →
avatar for Roxana Pardo Garcia

Roxana Pardo Garcia

Cultural Worker and Certified Xingona, La Roxay Productions
Roxana Pardo Garcia aka La Roxay is a self-identifying Hood Intellectual Xingona who was born and raised on occupied Coast Salish Territory. Roxana is the Founder of La Roxay Productions and Hood Intellectual Xingona – and the current Owner, Cultural Worker, and Certified Xingona... Read More →
avatar for Claudia Jocelin Daza

Claudia Jocelin Daza

Art Therapist
Claudia Jocelin Daza was born in Mexico and migrated to Barcelona, ​​Spain 6 years ago. She came to train as an art therapist, from that moment she found in art a way to sustain her experience of migrating. She is passionate about being able to bring this form of work to people... Read More →
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Benji Anderson

Director of Programs, The Service Board
Benji has worked in youth development for over 10 years and has a Master's Thesis on moving theological praxis from a patriarchal model to one that centers community. His thesis was inspired by his experience as a volunteer mentor with the Service Board. He was amazed at how a concept... Read More →

Thursday October 28, 2021 9:00am - 10:30am PDT
Zoom- Webinar