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 • 11:00am - 12:15pm
Cultivando conexiones (español)

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Únase a este espacio informal para conversar, reflexionar y conocernos mejor con otros profesionales que trabajan con jóvenes. Queremos empezar a cultivar conexiones entre nuestro colectivo de profesionales quienes son multilingües y hablan español. Tendremos la oportunidad para charlar en grupos pequeños para conocernos mejor, compartir aprendizajes e inspiraciones durante Bridge, y simplemente charlar juntos sobre lo que nos mueva.

Esta sesión de Cultivando conexiones es unicamente en español.

This Cultivating Connections session will be facilitated in Spanish. Please join if you would like to meet and connect with others in Spanish. 

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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 →

Thursday October 28, 2021 11:00am - 12:15pm PDT
Zoom- Meeting