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
Building Together: The Arts Corps Race and Social Justice Framework 

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How do you walk in the door to youth spaces? Join Arts Corps in an exploration of our Race & Social Justice Framework to collectively examine our biases and growth towards equity. Arts Corps ignites the creative power of youth, so that all young people have the courage to imagine and create a just and vibrant future. Creating art can be a personal act of liberation, and when done collectively, we can transform schools, neighborhoods and beyond. In this interactive session participants will be guided through the 5 steps of the Arts Corps Race & Social Justice Framework. Participants will walk away with a tool for self-reflection on their biases and a framework for reflection when planning lessons and programs of all types. This session is designed for all youth development staff from direct service to funders. The framework can, and should, be applied to every level of an organization.

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

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Meredith Arena

Teaching Arist, Arts Corps
Meredith Arena is a writer and interdisciplinary teaching artist from New York City with 18 years of teaching experience with youth ages 5-15, both in after school and school-day arts integration environments. She also conducts professional development for teachers in the area of... Read More →
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Olisa Enrico, MFA

Co-Director of Arts Education, ArtsCorps
Olisa is a performing artist, educator and administrator who believes that art cultivates community and culture. Olisa spent her childhood writing music and performing. She traversed genres and rooted in hip hop as her primary form of expression. She branched out to theater and found... Read More →

Carina del Rosario

Teaching Artist, Art Corps
Born in the Philippines, Carina A. del Rosario immigrated to the US as a young girl. She earned her B.A. in Communication from Santa Clara University, has studied photography with Magnum Photographer Alex Webb, Rebecca Norris Webb, Raul Touzon and Eddie Soloway, and a variety of visual... Read More →

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