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 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Engaging Leaders in Collective Action to Build Youth Services into a New Realm Beyond the Pandemic

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When the global pandemic hit our community, leaders in the child care sector who formally held friendly competitive relationships joined together to ensure the sustainability and continued quality of our services for children and families. Join us to gain knowledge of what it takes to build partnerships to move critical work forward. We will provide a deeper understanding of how the collective voice is necessary to advocate on behalf of children and families. We will also share elements of business leadership that helped about 20 child care organizations remain economically viable and recognized as essential to our local community. The pandemic showed us that there is no need to work in silos any longer.

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

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Susan Brown

CEO, Kids Co.
Like many other working women I wear lots of hats...I’m mom to two incredible kids (now young adults), Kelby and Midori, I’m wife to the love of my life, Jim, and I have the incredible honor of being Kids Co.’s founder and CEO. And, I’m a Husky. Beyond the hats that I wear... Read More →
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Angela Griffin

CEO, Launch (formerly known as CDSA)
Angela Griffin is a visionary leader as the CEO for Launch. She has over 27 years of experience, focused on the development and implementation of early learning, school age afterschool programs and youth development programs. Angela has a reputation for building strong relationships... Read More →

Angelia Hicks-Maxie

CEO, Tiny Tots Development Center
Angelia Hicks-Maxie is the Executive Director of the Tiny Tots Development Center (TTDC).  Ms. Maxie is a strong advocate for children in care and childcare employees. She has participated in numerous Worthy Wage events and was a trainer for School’s Out Washington (SOWA).  Ms... Read More →

Brandee Paisano

Area Director, Boys & Girls Clubs of King County
Brandee Paisano is a mother, coach and US Navy Veteran. She has been working in the childcare and youth development field for 13 years. Brandee loves her job and is very passionate about leadership and mentorship with youth, young professionals and her staff. Her hobbies include running... Read More →

Thursday October 28, 2021 1:30pm - 3:00pm PDT
Zoom- Meeting