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
Nuestras Voces: Transformando Ataduras, Rupturas y Moldes (Español / English Interpretation)

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Únase a nosotros para escuchar a un panel comunitario de profesionales latinx que trabajan con jóvenes, mujeres y familias para preservar, descolonizar y revitalizar el bienestar dentro de nuestras comunidades. Con este panel de profesionales exploraremos temas y dinamismos actuales que impactan a nuestra juventud latinx, incluyendo tasas de suicidio, feminicidio, la familia, la salud y el bienestar comunitario. Escucharemos sobre el trabajo, las historias, los triunfos y las estrategias que se están implementando en todo nuestro estado para no solo preservar sino también revitalizar la tradición con el objetivo de sanar y dar voz a nuestra comunidad.

Esta sesión es únicamente en español. Se ofrecerá interpretación en inglés a través de Zoom Webinar.

1.50 crédito de STARS ofrecido por asistir la sesión en vivo, o a través de mirando la grabación de la sesión.

Our Voices: Transforming Community Ties, Ruptures and Molds (Spanish)

Join us to hear from a community panel of latinx professionals that work with young people, women, and families to better preserve, decolonize and revitalize the wellbeing of our communities. During this panel of professionals, we’ll discuss lived experiences, dynamics, and themes that impact our latinx youth, including suicide, femicide, family, health, and community wellbeing. We will hear stories about the work, triumphs and strategies that are being implemented throughout our state to not only preserve, but also to revitalize traditions with the goal of healing and giving voice to our communities.

This session will be facilitated in Spanish. There will interpretation offered in English through Zoom Webinar. Closed captioning will not be provided in this session.

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

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Maria Pia Johnson Barreto

Learning and Design Manager, SOWA
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Clara Rosebrock

Learning and Design Coordinator, School's Out Washington
Clara coordinates training services across Washington, advocating for creativity, community, and growth as SOWA expands its services.Clara is passionate about nurturing community and developing process improvements within SOWA’s training services and annual Bridge Conference. Previously... Read More →

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Alejandra Cardoso

Terapeuta de salud mental, Tri-Cities Community Health
Alejandra es la primera de su familia en obtener una educación secundaria y universitaria. Le apasiona ayudar a los demás, ayudarlos a tener éxito y superar sus luchas. Ha trabajado con niños, jóvenes, adultos y familias en una amplia variedad de aspectos. Alejandra es una trabajadora... Read More →
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Ana Trusty

Supervisora de Programas, Mujeres in Action (MiA)
Ana Trusty creció en Puerto Rico de madre puertorriqueña y padre cubano criado en Puerto Rico. Ana atendió su primer año de universidad en el Recinto Universitario de Mayagüez, y luego se transfirió a Florida International University para obtener un bachillerato en negocios... Read More →
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Sabrina Aguirre

Maestra de primaria y dueña del negocio La Doula Sagrada, Washington State University
Soy madre soltera, maestra, Doula, curandera de matriz, y sanandora postparto con sueños de ser partera tradicional y maestra de yoga. Soy una mujer Mexicana, poderosa, llena de magia, lista para servir amorosamente a las demás, y dedicada a mi curación para la curación colec... Read More →
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Maricela Rodriguez

Spanish Instructor, St. Vincent de Paul of Seattle/King County

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