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
Shifting Power in the Out of School Setting: Creating space for authentic youth agency

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How do we create spaces from which young people leave feeling more connected to themselves and others and with a deep sense that they matter? How do we work together to grow a deep sense of trust and respect? This requires taking a careful look at what kinds of assumptions leaders bring into the space and intentional skill building for adults and youth together. This workshop will introduce participants to strategies for creating strong learning communities that heal instead of harm. We’ll play with ideas then practice. We’ll also model structured community circles and identify skills necessary for success. You will leave hopeful about creating spaces for student voice and agency because you will have practical tools for building a stronger community and sharing power. Join us if you are a program leader, program staff or youth leader and you want to move into a new way of leading.

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

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Aaron Norikane

Facilitator, Sound Discipline
Aaron Norikane (he/him) is a tireless advocate for strong connections and supportive systems for all young people. He’s experienced firsthand the educational system’s undermining of students’ individual value, especially for Black, Indigenous and People of Color. Working as... Read More →
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Roshaé Lowe

Facilitator, Sound Discipline
Roshaé Lowe (she/her) leads professional development trainings and workshops for educators, administrators, parents, and community members.  She partners with administrators and school staff to implement and develop relevant social emotional learning as well as to support shifts... Read More →

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