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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Friday, October 29 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
Beyond Parkland: An Equitable Lens to Youth and Gun Violence

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School shootings dominate the conversation regarding gun violence in America, but suicide, domestic violence, interpersonal violence, unintentional shootings, and police violence are far more common. More common is the years of gun violence in our black and brown communities, which have been ignored due to Gun Violence Prevention being a white-led movement. We will dive deep into the types of gun violence related to America's youth, emphasizing communities most vulnerable, what solutions exist to combat this public health crisis, and how young people can emerge as gun violence prevention leaders. This session hopes to give a new lens to gun violence disparities and offer a civil vs. criminal approach to solutions.

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

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Tremayne Edwards

Education and Engagement Director, Alliance for Gun Responsibility
Tremayne Edwards is the current Education and Engagement Director for the Alliance for Gun Responsibility in Washington. In this role, his primary responsibility is to oversee programming that includes education and engagement in communities most impacted by gun violence, advocacy... Read More →

Maria Solano Arauz

Alliance Electoral Intern, Alliance for Gun Responsibility
Maria Solano Arauz moved to the United States six years ago and discovered her passion for organizing. She has worked with Amnesty International USA as the Student Activist Coordinator for Washington State and serves as a youth representative in the National End Gun Violence Core... Read More →

Brad Blackburn

Electoral Intern, Alliance for Gun Responsibility
Brad Blackburn earned his BA in Political Science in June of 2021 and will continue his education at the UW Evans School of Public Policy & Governance this fall. Brad's passion for public service led him to the Washington Environmental Council where he worked as an Advocacy and Community... Read More →

Friday October 29, 2021 11:00am - 12:30pm PDT
Zoom- Meeting