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
Equitable Family Engagement in Out-of-School Time Programs

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This workshop, for OST program and administrative staff (K-12), will provide an introduction to the power and possibilities of partnering with families in out-of-school programming, particularly for those students furthest from educational justice. While we know that kids do better in school when families are engaged, and after school programs are more successful when families are involved, it is often challenging to know where to begin to ensure that family engagement is authentic and equitable, not just a way to fulfill a requirement. We will dive into this work together and provide time to process in small groups. The goal is that you will leave the session with an understanding of equitable family engagement and its importance in OST, as well as concrete actions you can take back to your own program to develop your family engagement strategy.

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

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Jennifer Martinez

Director of Equity and Family Engagement, Washington Alliance for Better Schools
Jennifer was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico. While in Santa Fe she worked for organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club, Girls Inc, and the Office of the State Historian. She also worked for two years at her former high school, Capital High School, as a Seminar teacher and GEAR... Read More →

Fedden Amar

Family Engagement Program Coordinator, Washington Alliance for Better Schools
Fedden was born and raised in Seattle, WA. Her parents emigrated to the U.S. from Eritrea in the 1980s.Their life experiences, in addition to her own as a first-generation American woman of color, have fueled her passions and desire to work in equity and social justice from a young... Read More →

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