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 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Restorative Behavior Guidance

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In this session participants will grapple with age-old questions of behavior guidance. How do we motivate our youth to make positive behavior choices when they really don't want to! How do we reframe conflict as learning opportunities to deepen our ability to form strong relationships and build skills? By shifting our questions from asking 'what rules were broken' to 'who was harmed in our community' restorative practices offer a pathway to reform trust and relationships after conflict. This training builds on the youth development principles of engagement, skill building and community involvement. Participants will:  
  • Learn to see the complexity of multiple perspectives in conflict 
  • Identify the differences between Criminal Justice and Restorative practices 
  • Explore the principles of restorative justice to reinforce a behavior guidance system

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

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avatar for Fong Marcolongo

Fong Marcolongo

Director of Training and Capacity Building/Facilitator, Be the Change Consulting
Fong (she/her/hers) is a bridge-builder, community capacity builder, and youth development advocate dedicated to supporting communities of color to lead their own transformations. Her expertise resides in design/implementation of experiential human-centered learning, culturally competent... Read More →
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Jae Maldonado

Director of Training and Business Development, Be The Change Consulting
Jae Maldonado is a life long youth advocate, with over 15 years of demonstrated success in developing cross-sector programs that advance racial and gender equity. His unique experience as a transmasculine identified Latinx activist has enabled him to lead from the intersections of... Read More →

Thursday October 28, 2021 6:00pm - 7:30pm PDT
Zoom- Meeting