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
Every Relationship Matters: Everyday Mentoring as a Youth Support Framework

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Join us for a workshop that explores an everyday mentoring mindset that enhances relationships. Every interaction with a young person is an opportunity to uplift, encourage, and empower. You don’t have to be in a formal mentoring program to be a mentor to others. Everyday Mentoring adds intentionality to interactions and helps us to be mindful of our responses, encouragements, and belief in our children, students, and youth while increasing positive connection. This workshop is for program and school staff, volunteers, directors, teachers, coaches, and anyone that has interactions with youth. Attendees will leave the session feeling better equipped to connect and support youth with positive and uplifting relationships. They will also leave with an increased understanding of the benefits of approaching relationships from a mentoring mindset.

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

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James Miles

Executive Director, Mentor Washington
James Miles is the Executive Director of MENTOR Washington and was previously the ED of Arts Corps and an educator in the New York City public schools for almost 20 years. Originally from Chicago, Miles has worked internationally as an artist and educator. His acclaimed TedX Talk... Read More →
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Laura Mendoza

Program Manager (MSW), MENTOR Washington
Laura Mendoza is the Program Manager with MENTOR Washington. Prior to working with MW, she spent years in the direct practice space working and developing programs to support youth experiencing homelessness and those involved in the Juvenile Justice system. Laura received her Master's... Read More →

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