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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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Tuesday, October 26
 

9:00am PDT

Systems Leaders Pre-Conference

Join us for an interactive full morning (9-12 a.m. Pacific Standard Time) pre-conference to envision a future in Washington that harnesses this moment of unprecedented opportunity for systemic change in our sector as we begin to emerge from the pandemic. Seeds that have been planted over the past decade have really taken root over the past 18 months, growth that could result in a thriving and more equitable ecosystem of expanded learning opportunities for our young people. However, the ecosystem is still fragile. We must tend the soil, care for new growth, and prune what’s not serving us. Come learn about these growing opportunities and help us to envision a thriving ecosystem. We will begin by grounding us in what expanded learning system building has looked like in Washington State and invite you to share your part of the story. We will then hear about local, regional and statewide system building efforts that need to be tended. Using breakout groups and interactive virtual tools, you will have a chance to share your vision and commitment to building this ecosystem. We will end with an inspirational closing that will set you up to engage with the rest of the Bridge Conference over the following days.

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Tuesday October 26, 2021 9:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Zoom- Meeting
 
Wednesday, October 27
 

9:00am PDT

Opening Plenary with Keynote Speaker Liz Dozier: The Radical Power of One.

A single star is formed when great, unseen forces balance together to seemingly defy what is possible. That type of consequential shift can also happen when one single person decides to challenge the institutions and systems that stand in the way of equity and freedom for all young people. Join former Chicago Public Schools high school principal and Founder & CEO of Chicago Beyond, Liz Dozier, to hear how the radical power of one is enough to defy barriers in order to create more healthy ecosystems for youth to thrive.

Chicago Beyond References:
Whole Philanthropy
Why Am I Always Being Researched?
Healing-Centered Framework

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Speakers
avatar for Liz Dozier

Liz Dozier

Founder & CEO, Chicago Beyond
Liz Dozier Founder & CEO, Chicago BeyondFrom education to activism, Liz Dozier has spent her career working tirelessly to disrupt the culture of inequity that is often pervasive in urban neighborhoods. In 2016, Dozier launched Chicago Beyond, an impact investor that invests in ideas... Read More →


Wednesday October 27, 2021 9:00am - 10:30am PDT
Zoom- Webinar

10:30am PDT

Break
Wednesday October 27, 2021 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT

12:00pm PDT

Circle Time Magazine: Big Kids Edition - Episode 2: Social Emotional Learning

Circle Time Magazine is a unique professional development series that offers a web-based talk show, magazine, and online resources with each episode. This season we’re partnering with School’s Out Washington to look at quality teaching practices with an expanded age range. We’ll be especially focused on school-age children, and discuss practical strategies for working with children ages birth to 12 years old. In this workshop we will have a facilitated viewing and group discussions for Episode 2: Social Emotional Learning. We’ll be focusing on the social emotional learning (SEL) skills of self-awareness, social awareness, and relationship skills. We’ll talk about why it is important for children and adults to be aware of themselves and be aware of others. We’ll be exploring all of this in context of anti-racist and culturally responsive teaching.

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

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Speakers
avatar for Sophie Biddle (she/her)

Sophie Biddle (she/her)

Professional Development Specialist, Cultivate Learning at the University of Washington
Sophie Biddle is a professional development specialist at Cultivate Learning at the University of Washington. She holds degrees in Sociology and Elementary Science Education from Portland State University. Sophie has over a decade of experience working directly with young people in... Read More →


Wednesday October 27, 2021 12:00pm - 1:30pm PDT
Zoom- Meeting

12:00pm PDT

Coding With Bravery, Resilience, Community, and Equity

Developing holistic and equitable coding programs doesn’t have to be hard—Girls Who Code has your back! All educators and community leaders are welcome to join us to gain the tools you need to easily bring fun and digestible coding curricula to your community—whether you’re a complete beginner or a resident expert! By the end of the session, you’ll understand how to incorporate essential community-building activities that encourage positive social emotional development, build a supportive network of peers and diverse role models for students, and connect coding to impact. You’ll walk away with tangible tips and strategies you can implement right away and begin a drafted plan for developing (or enhancing) the STEM initiatives in your own community!

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

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Speakers
avatar for Valerie Tomici

Valerie Tomici

Community Partnerships Manager, Girls Who Code
Valerie Tomici is the Manager of Community Partnerships and Outreach at Girls Who Code, an international nonprofit that works to close the gender gap in tech. As a passionate advocate of educational access and equity, Valerie works to foster strong community partnerships with school... Read More →


Wednesday October 27, 2021 12:00pm - 1:30pm PDT
Zoom- Meeting

12:00pm PDT

Designing Our Own Learning: Disrupting power dynamics and invigorating student voice and power

Youth and adult educators (middle and high school) will share learning from working together over 3 years in a summer institute. You’ll engage in an immersive experience trying out some of the tools, strategies and activities that have brought about profound transformation in the presenters and their schools. The session will be structured to mirror and model the structure of the summer institute to provide an authentic opportunity for learning and understanding. Our session, will be holistic, interactive, decolonized, and rooted in values of love, belonging, reflection, and storytelling. You will leave with a different sense of what is possible. You’ll have a new understanding of the power of building a learning community and what it looks like when youth and adults truly collaborate. Join us if you’re interested in transforming power dynamics between youth and adults in your program!

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

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Speakers
avatar for Alan Wong

Alan Wong

Facilitator/Trainer, Sound Discipline
Alan Wong has dedicated his life to helping youth, educators, and communities to grow. He began his career in education, working as a reading tutor in the South Seattle neighborhood where he grew up. Over the last 20 years, he’s worked as a lead facilitator and trainer with innovative... Read More →
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Tymmony Keegan

Abolitionist Educator, Cleveland High School
Tymmony Keegan identifies as a Black and White-adjacent, mixed-raced queer educator and is a Humanities teacher at Cleveland HS. She’s been an educator in different capacities at non-profit, gov’t and labor organizations. Her success is rooted in the transformation of people and... Read More →
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Krystal Correa

Facilitator, Sound Discipline
Krystal Correa, (she/her) is a Facilitator with Sound Discipline. Krystal’s work with youth and families spans over a decade, beginning as a paraprofessional educator at a non-traditional high school in Arizona. Since then she has held positions at residential housing programs... Read More →
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Sylvia Hadnot

Facilitator, Sound Discipline
Sylvia Hadnot, (she/them) is a Facilitator with Sound Discipline. She has several years of classroom teaching experience, from working with students in the King County Youth Detention Center to special populations, and has written youth curricula for social-emotional health, college... Read More →


Wednesday October 27, 2021 12:00pm - 1:30pm PDT
Zoom- Meeting

12:00pm PDT

Holding Change: The Power of Collective Healing in Movement Leadership

Do you have the skills to recognize grief and have the resources to respond?

Holding space for collectives experiencing grief and loss due to historical, intergenerational, persistent institutional or personal trauma requires a unique skill set, knowledge base and emotional resilience.

This responsibility comes with the wisdom that collective and individual healing are not separate; they work as an interdependent system fueled by intentional action that we cannot do alone or in silos. During this enlightenment session, participants will learn about the effects of unrecognized collective trauma and examine how we may have individually participated in the collective trauma of our culture. We will also explore the depths of our radical imaginations to uncover how Expanded Learning Program spaces become a vehicle to transform and metabolize grief into an agency.

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

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Speakers
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Vanessa Hernandez

Co-Creator and Founder, JVH Empower Consulting
Vanessa Hernandez is an innovator of healing and resilience whose purpose is to offer conscious co-creations of love, liberation and empowerment to the collective of humanity. She has a demonstrated history of creating spaces of empowerment where one can recall and reclaim their authentic... Read More →
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Jenny Hicks

Co-Creator and Founder, JVH Empower Consulting
Jenny Hicks is a joyous, creative, and heart-minded co-creator who believes that by empowering one person, you can empower many. She cultivates ecosystems of belonging where all are seen and heard through the power of joy combined with lived experiences, studies in Human Resources... Read More →


Wednesday October 27, 2021 12:00pm - 1:30pm PDT
Zoom- Meeting

12:00pm PDT

Roles and Boundaries for Social Change – Building Collaboration Within our Ecosystems

In this workshop, we'll dive into Deepa Iyer's Social Change Ecosystem. This framework can help individuals, networks, and organizations assess and align values, strengths, and areas of growth within a team or community. The target audience for this workshop is anyone who wants to learn more about the social change map, especially those working in collaborative and diverse teams.  

We'll talk about the roles we play in our ecosystems and our role(s) in social change. We hope that using this framework, along with having candid conversations about boundaries and the complexities of relationships, will serve youth development professionals in their work with students and beyond. Participants will engage in self-reflection, learn from their peers, and walk away with a tool for assessing community needs and strengths, decision-making, and boundary-setting while centering collaboration and well-being.

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

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Speakers
avatar for Katie Wallace

Katie Wallace

Program Manager & Educator, University of Washington
Katie is an educator and youth advocate with 13+ years of experience working in public high schools, nonprofits and higher education. As a Korean-American adoptee growing up in the PNW, she’s passionate about identity, positionality and racial justice. Katie studied journalism and... Read More →
avatar for Kimmy Nguyen

Kimmy Nguyen

Program Quality Administrative Assistant, School's Out Washington
Kimmy is a Vietnamese-American and King County native. As a daughter of Vietnamese immigrants and a first-generation college graduate, her work centers on community engagement and youth development that aims to improve community health by providing culturally appropriate resources... Read More →


Wednesday October 27, 2021 12:00pm - 1:30pm PDT
Zoom- Meeting

12:00pm PDT

Shaping Stories to Shift Systems: The Youth Storytellers Project

To center community and lead with anti-racist action, we need to reimagine who “experts” are, resource young people of color to own their stories, and follow their visions of transformation. In this session, learn about the Road Map Youth Storytellers Project, which has collaborated with young leaders to create communications projects that advocate for change. Participants will engage with frameworks of narrative strategy, project-based learning, and community connection. Through five specific youth-led projects, particularly with storytelling about two of them on food justice in schools and disability support policies, participants will learn how systems change needs to be driven by community stories. This session is aimed at anyone who believes in the power of youth voices--educators, administrators, direct service staff, community organizers, funders, policymakers, and students.

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

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Speakers
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Julie Feng

Senior Communications Strategist, Community Center for Education Results
Julie Feng is a senior communications strategist at the Community Center for Education Results (supporting the Road Map Project). She is committed to elevating the stories of communities of color and working towards narrative shifts in the education system. Previously, she has supported... Read More →
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Adar Abdi

Youth Storyteller
Adar is a sophomore at Evergreen High School (Highline Public Schools). She really likes to read fantasy books! She is super into political dramas like Scandal. She stands for liberation of all marginalized communities. As a Road Map Project Youth Storyteller, she hopes to bring empathy... Read More →
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Nurhaliza Mohamath

Youth Storyteller, Road Map Project
Nurhaliza Mohamath is a Sociology, Economics and Business Administration student at Mills College and is on the road to completing her MBA this fall. She is pursuing her studies in hopes of promoting socioeconomic development in her respective South Seattle and Oakland communities... Read More →


Wednesday October 27, 2021 12:00pm - 1:30pm PDT
Zoom- Meeting

12:00pm PDT

“Gramma Loves Star Wars!”: Families and students learn together at home

When school closed in 2020, ALTERA pivoted to make students’ homes their extended learning space. Because of inadequate internet we activated face-to-face daily learning opportunities with parents and siblings as teachers and co-learners engaged in home-centered, place-based and culturally responsive learning activities relevant to rural Eastern Washington Hispanic, Caucasian and Native American agricultural families. A panel of six Altera Site Directors from elementary and secondary settings share specific tools and student feedback that will inform participants in innovative practices with: learning through place-based themes; celebrating students’ unique home settings; academic content enmeshed with social emotional supports; student voice via visual and oral storytelling; tracking and measuring in-home learning through choice boards and family interviews; sustaining student engagement through text, ZOOM and social media; and elevating the role of multimodal literacies to diversify access to literacy experiences, from family reading to the backyard night sky.

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

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Speakers
avatar for Tiffany Coulson

Tiffany Coulson

Associate Director, Programming, Altera/NLA
Tiffany Coulson has an MLIS from the University of Washington with 20 years of experience working in a variety of capacities in rural education.  During the past eight years she has been an embedded librarian for the educational non-profit Altera, researching and implementing best... Read More →
avatar for Bertha Villa

Bertha Villa

21st Century Site Director: Tonasket Elementary, Altera/NLA
Bertha Villa has an MA & PhD in Spanish Literature from Arizona State University.  As the 21st Century Site Director at Tonasket Elementary, she seeks out ways to integrate authentic Spanish titles into STEM, art and social programming in after school.
avatar for Barbara Peterson

Barbara Peterson

Executive Director, Altera/NLA
Barbara Peterson is Executive Director of Altera.  She holds an Master’s degree in Public Policy and an Ed.D. from the University of Washington.  She has 25 years experience specializing in rural education, having published several state and regional articles on equity for rural... Read More →
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Abigail Castillo

21st Century Site Director: Warden Middle School and High School, Altera/NLA
Abigail Castillo is the 21st Century Site Director at Warden Middle School and High School where she graduated before pursuing her education at the University of Washington.  She is new to the 21st Century Program but her personal experiences with rural youth and bilingual Spanish... Read More →
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Diego Laguna

21st Century Site Director: Tonasket Middle School and High School, Altera/NLA
Diego Laguna is the 21st Century Site Director for the middle school and high school in remotely located Tonasket Washington near the Canadian border. Mr. Laguna has a business degree a master’s degree in Sports Management. For the past 5 years he has translated his international... Read More →
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Luann Anderson

21st Century Program Director, Altera/NLA
Luann Anderson is a veteran educator having a BA in Elementary Education with an MA Ed as well. After many years as a teacher, she has worked in after school programs for the past 8 years and currently is a 21st Century Program Director over 5 schools in 2 communities nearly 120... Read More →
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Fredy Marin

21st Century Site Director: Highland High, FMarin@highland.wednet.edu
Fredy Marin is the 21st Century Site Director at Highland High School in Tieton, Washington. He has a Bachelor’s in Business Management and has worked in after school programs since 2018. Fredy has lived in the area since he migrated from Mexico with his family at the age of 4... Read More →


Wednesday October 27, 2021 12:00pm - 1:30pm PDT
Zoom- Meeting

1:30pm PDT

Break
Wednesday October 27, 2021 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT

2:30pm PDT

Advocacy 101: Using Your Voice to Impact Public Policy

Public policy and funding advocacy for issues impacting children and youth is always difficult – especially for the expanded learning and youth development field. However, the COVID crisis has provided a growing public and policymaker knowledge of the purpose and importance of this field. Additionally, a new joint advocacy effort between a variety of organizations across the whole-child support spectrum is showing impact – and fast. Learn more about effective approaches, messaging, lessons learned, and how virtual advocacy can work to support our kids during one of the most challenging times in American history. The audience is focused on providers and other stakeholders interested in learning the basics of advocacy in 2021.

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

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Speakers
avatar for David Beard

David Beard

Policy & Advocacy Director, School's Out Washington
David facilitates SOWA’s advocacy efforts, including educating policymakers and working with providers and stakeholders to secure more funding and better policies for the field. Throughout his career, David has been an advocate for children and families. After working as the policy... Read More →
avatar for Susan Brown

Susan Brown

CEO, Kids Co.
Like many other working women I wear lots of hats...I’m mom to two incredible kids (now young adults), Kelby and Midori, I’m wife to the love of my life, Jim, and I have the incredible honor of being Kids Co.’s founder and CEO. And, I’m a Husky. Beyond the hats that I wear... Read More →
avatar for James Miles

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 →


Wednesday October 27, 2021 2:30pm - 4:00pm PDT
Zoom- Meeting

2:30pm PDT

Breaking Down Adultism: Working Toward Community-Based, Youth-Centered Programming

In this workshop, we will explore what adultism is and how it impacts broader systems in our society and communities, looking at ways we can both programmatically and individually engage with young people in positive ways while being mindful and aware of power and privilege. We will discuss ways we can work to be better advocates and allies for young people, and ways to empower youth voice in spaces that impact them most.

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

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Speakers
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Collin Veenstra

Youth Educator and Consultant, Vashon DOVE Project
Collin Veenstra (they/them) is a youth educator, artist, trainer, and former founder/director of Tacoma's Peer Education Empowerment League.  Over the past decade, Collin has developed and managed leadership development, day camps, sexual violence prevention, LGBTQ youth support... Read More →


Wednesday October 27, 2021 2:30pm - 4:00pm PDT
Zoom- Meeting

2:30pm PDT

Essential Not Ornamental: Increasing Youth Civic Engagement, One Funding Process at a Time

Co-presented with members of Seattle’s Youth Commission, this session will lead participants on how to civically engage youth through planning development processes. Utilizing Harts' Ladder of Youth Participation, program and policy leads will learn how to create a framework that integrates youth through critical steps of their planning and development processes. The operational goal of the workshop is to teach participants how to "ASK" Awareness, Structure, and Knowledge. "A" = Awareness, often times adults are not aware of the youth groups they have access to nor have they full awareness of how their practices are exclusionary of youth voice, implicit or explicit. "S" = Structures, knowing where to start concerning youth engagement and participation. Finally, "K" = Knowledge examining how participants plan to apply the knowledge to create frameworks to apply in their next planning process.

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

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Speakers
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Mei-Li Thomas

Planning and Development Specialist, Sr, Department of Education and Early Learning
Mei-Li Thomas has been with the Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) for the past three years. Within the department she serves as the Planning and Development Specialist, Sr, which comes along with the responsibility of Funding Coordinator where Mei-Li edits the policy... Read More →
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Osbaldo Hernandez

Program Coordinator, City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods - Seattle Youth Commission
Osbaldo Hernandez is the Seattle Youth Commission Program Coordinator for the Department of Neighborhoods. Osbaldo is an advocate for youth and will stand as the liaison for the member of the Seattle Youth Commission that will be the actual co-presenter.
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Eleanor Cenname

Commissioner, City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods - Seattle Youth Commission
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Katherine Kang

Commissioner, City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods - Seattle Youth Commission


Wednesday October 27, 2021 2:30pm - 4:00pm PDT
Zoom- Meeting

2:30pm PDT

Maintaining a strong and collaborative team through difficult times

It is challenging enough to manage yourself during a global pandemic with unpredictable outcomes, heightened uncertainty, and a sense of hopelessness, but now factor in the task of managing a team under those conditions. This session will walk you through strategies to keep folks motivated, build community, and provide intentional investments in each member of your team. We will explore some of the most common challenges leading a team through the collective stress of the pandemic and how to foster a culture of collaboration that keeps staff engaged. By the end the session learners will gain effective tools to maintain, engage, and lead a strong team during unsure times.

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

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Speakers
avatar for Carlee Hoover

Carlee Hoover

Training & Development Specialist, School's Out Washington
Carlee has always had a passion and a desire to lead, teach, and invest in others. Over the last decade Carlee has focused on developing individuals and teams in settings ranging from afterschool programs to nonprofit board leaders and began training full time in 2021. During their... Read More →
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Charlotte Malone

Training Specialist, Boys & Girls Clubs of King County
Charlotte believes in the power of ongoing education, and wishes to provide meaningful, continuous learning opportunities designed to help all learners practice the necessary skills to work with youth. Charlotte believes it is her role as an educator and leader to light a fire inside... Read More →


Wednesday October 27, 2021 2:30pm - 4:00pm PDT
Zoom- Meeting

2:30pm PDT

Putting Data to Work for Young People: Community-Wide Use of Data for Equitable Systems

This session will support system leaders in their data collection efforts  and knowing what to measure and how to use data in real time to drive system change, quality improvement and positive outcomes for youth. Participants will learn why it's so essential to collect data, common challenges, how we can use data to advance racial equity goals, and promising practices, including data simulations and data scenarios. We will introduce the *updated* Every Hour Counts Measurement Framework and accompanying Guidebook, tools to help communities set a shared vision and process for using data for improvement. Erik Skold from Sprockets, St Paul and Lisa Gomi Hui from Boston After School & Beyond will provide citywide practitioner perspectives to guide this discussion and participant's data journey. People will feel less intimidated by data with the introduction of concrete tools.

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

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Speakers
avatar for Jessica Donner

Jessica Donner

Executive Director, Every Hour Counts
Jessica Donner is the executive director of Every Hour Counts, a coalition of national citywide organizations that increases access to quality learning opportunities, particularly for underserved students. The organization is a leading voice promoting expanded-learning systems. Jessica... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Gomi Hui

Lisa Gomi Hui

Director of Measurement and Improvement, BASB
Lisa Gomi Hui joined Boston Beyond in 2017 as the Director of Measurement & Improvement. In that role, she oversees the collection and analysis of data across Boston Beyond’s initiatives to inform, design, and deliver professional development for continuous improvement. Prior to... Read More →
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Erik Skold

Director, Sprockets
For more than 15 years, Erik has been deeply involved in bringing learning experiences for children and youth beyond the classroom. This set the stage well for his current role as Sprockets Director, where he works with schools, city governments, parks, libraries and many community-based... Read More →


Wednesday October 27, 2021 2:30pm - 4:00pm PDT
Zoom- Meeting

2:30pm PDT

What’s in Your Youth Development Toolkit?

In this workshop, participants will learn about essential elements that MUST be in a youth development worker/educators toolkit—led by Trailblazer’s youth. These fundamental elements cultivate positive cultural identity and thriving young people of color. Providing young people of color with leadership opportunities is one of the most essential tools; this workshop will be co-facilitated by youth of color. The youth facilitators will guide participants on how to use the essential elements in their toolkit. Participants will navigate tools that give young people of color an advantage in school and life. Most importantly, participants will understand the importance of student-led professional development.

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

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Speakers
avatar for Theresa Hardy

Theresa Hardy

Founder and CEO, BRAVE- Building Resilience Awareness & Variations of Excellence
Theresa is an example of how someone can turn tragedies into triumphs. Through hard work and grit, Theresa found and navigated her own path to success, which has included multiple college degrees and a fulfilling career journeying with people who experience similar struggles. Her... Read More →
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Yohi Ted

BRAVE Trailblazers Youth, BRAVE - Building Resilience Awareness and Variations of Excellence
Yohi has had many great achievements in her life. When she grows up, she wants to be a singer and write lyrics that are meaningful and empowering, and to have her music discuss the changes that need to be made. Yohi wants to make a difference in the world. She wants the same opportunities... Read More →
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London Clark

BRAVE Trailblazer Youth, BRAVE - Building Resilience Awareness and Variations of Excellence
I am a Trailblazers Representative. I have been working with Trailblazers since I was in 5th grade. If anything, Trailblazers has really opened my eyes to many things. Ever since I was a little girl I’ve always dreamed of being something big; something extraordinary, something amazing... Read More →


Wednesday October 27, 2021 2:30pm - 4:00pm PDT
Zoom- Meeting

2:30pm PDT

“Who Taught You That?” - Understanding Gender, Creating Affirming Spaces

Does your organization serve transgender and gender non-conforming youth? Statistically, yes! Want to learn how to support all young people by creating welcoming and affirming environments for trans and gender non-conforming youth? If you’re open to a paradigm shift and a generous helping of introspection, join us! This activity-based workshop will explore where ideas about manhood and womanhood come from, the relationship between the “rules” of gender and colonialism, and what’s at stake for trans and gender non-conforming youth. All participants, from direct-service staff to organizational leaders, will have the opportunity to identify tangible strategies to change program environments to support us all.

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

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Speakers
avatar for Lex Gavin

Lex Gavin

Best Start for Kids Program Quality Manager, School's Out Washington
Lex Gavin has spent the last decade designing and facilitating social justice content in the youth development field. They cut their teeth in youth organizing while on Stonewall Youth's Speaker's Bureau and as a board member of Queer Youth Space. Lex has worked in homeless youth services... Read More →


Wednesday October 27, 2021 2:30pm - 4:00pm PDT
Zoom- Meeting
 
Thursday, October 28
 

9:00am PDT

Storytelling Hour: From Seedlings to Stardust

Storytelling Hour is 90 minutes of story sharing inspired by this year’s conference theme, From Seedlings to Stardust. The theme asks what seemingly small ideas led to larger change in our community. It dares us to keep dreaming and to pour ourselves into continued transformation. Together we will practice intentional listening and leave with a better understanding of the power of storytelling as a means of shaping change.

Please note that closed captioning will not be enabled for this session, as our closed captioning feature does not support multiple languages. The recording of this session will be hosted on YouTube, which has a Closed Captioning option.

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Speakers
avatar for LUIS ORTEGA

LUIS ORTEGA

Director & Founder, Storytellers for Change
Luis Ortega is a TEDx Speaker, multidisciplinary storyteller, artist, empathy educator, social impact consultant, and the director and founder of Storytellers for Change. Over the last fourteen years, Luis has traveled across the nation to share his personal narrative and message... Read More →
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Roxana Pardo Garcia

Cultural Worker and Certified Xingona, La Roxay Productions
Roxana Pardo Garcia aka La Roxay is a self-identifying Hood Intellectual Xingona who was born and raised on occupied Coast Salish Territory. Roxana is the Founder of La Roxay Productions and Hood Intellectual Xingona – and the current Owner, Cultural Worker, and Certified Xingona... Read More →
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Claudia Jocelin Daza

Art Therapist
Claudia Jocelin Daza was born in Mexico and migrated to Barcelona, ​​Spain 6 years ago. She came to train as an art therapist, from that moment she found in art a way to sustain her experience of migrating. She is passionate about being able to bring this form of work to people... Read More →
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Benji Anderson

Director of Programs, The Service Board
Benji has worked in youth development for over 10 years and has a Master's Thesis on moving theological praxis from a patriarchal model to one that centers community. His thesis was inspired by his experience as a volunteer mentor with the Service Board. He was amazed at how a concept... Read More →


Thursday October 28, 2021 9:00am - 10:30am PDT
Zoom- Webinar

10:30am PDT

Break
Thursday October 28, 2021 10:30am - 11:00am PDT

11:00am PDT

Cultivando conexiones (español)

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. 

Moderators
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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

11:00am PDT

Cultivating Connections

Cul·ti·vate /ˈkəltəˌvāt/ : verb: to promote or improve the growth of (a plant, crop, etc.) by labor and attention. to develop or improve by education or training; train; refine. to promote the growth or development of (an art, science, etc.); to foster.

This session focuses on cultivating a lightly facilitated space to digest, reflect, and simply connect like we might at an in-person conference. The session will support participants to convene in smaller groups to chew on tidbits or learnings from previous sessions as well as discuss, problem solve, or simply network with folks interested in similar topics.

**This is a highly interactive group networking + relationship building space

Moderators
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Janell Jordan

King County Program Manager, SOWA
As a youth mentor for grrls and co-founder of Womxn of Color in Tech, a project-based initiative focused on the entry, growth, and sustainability of womxn of color in Seattle tech companies, Janell is driven by their background in critical race theory and community organizing to support intentionally designed spaces and projects that radicate change... Read More →

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

12:15pm PDT

Break
Thursday October 28, 2021 12:15pm - 1:30pm PDT

1:30pm PDT

Addressing Challenging Behavior: Enabling Your Staff to Act

When staff is faced with a child who is exhibiting a challenging behavior, what can a director or administrator do to support the staff? Program leaders will learn strategies and develop skills to build a team that works together to support all children and families. In this interactive session, participants will explore ways to support staff when triggered by a challenging behavior and in stressful situations, reflect on the role of culture and staff’s expectations, and gain an understanding of the role of implicit bias in staff’s responses to challenging behavior.

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

Session Survey​​​

Speakers
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Jamie Ashton

Early Learning Coach/Trainer, Opportunity Council/Child Care Aware of Northwest Washington
Since Spring 2014 Jamie has been an early learning coach and trainer with Child Care Aware of Northwest Washington at Opportunity Council. Prior to that, she spent more than 20 years as a teacher and administrator in early learning programs and schools in Whatcom County. She is passionate... Read More →


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

1:30pm PDT

Advancing Equity in Out-of-School Time Settings through Youth Focus Groups

This interactive session invites direct service staff/volunteers, managers, and evaluators to engage in participatory, youth-focused research techniques and to begin thinking expansively about involving youth in program design and improvement.  
This session includes an interactive, skill-building exercise on how to conduct focus groups with youth that aim to identify contexts and barriers affecting accessibility, belonging, and inclusion within out-of-school time programs. Participants will learn methods for engaging young people in conversations about equity and methods for implementing youth feedback into programs. Participants will also understand how story board drawings can be used to interpret youth perspectives related to equity.
There will be an opportunity for reflection and discussion at the end of the session.

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

Session Survey​​​

Speakers
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Hannah Patterson (she/her)

Evaluation Manager, Camp Fire National Headquarters
Hannah manages research and evaluation efforts related to fulfilling Camp Fire’s Promise. She specializes in data-driven program improvement and works to organize and interpret information for the purpose of communicating Camp Fire’s impact. Previously, Hannah worked at Camp Fire... Read More →
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Ben Matthews (they/them)

DEI Specialist, Camp Fire National
Ben Matthews is and LGBTQ2S+ activist, speaker, and trainer. Ben has been involved with Camp Fire for 7 years, first as a volunteer, then as a program manager at Camp Fire Green Country in Tulsa, OK where they organized Oklahoma's first ever LGBTQ2S+ summer camp session in 2018. Ben... Read More →


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

1:30pm PDT

Building Together: The Arts Corps Race and Social Justice Framework 

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.

Session Survey​​​

Speakers
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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 →
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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

1:30pm PDT

Engaging Leaders in Collective Action to Build Youth Services into a New Realm Beyond the Pandemic

When the global pandemic hit our community, leaders in the child care sector who formally held friendly competitive relationships joined together to ensure the sustainability and continued quality of our services for children and families. Join us to gain knowledge of what it takes to build partnerships to move critical work forward. We will provide a deeper understanding of how the collective voice is necessary to advocate on behalf of children and families. We will also share elements of business leadership that helped about 20 child care organizations remain economically viable and recognized as essential to our local community. The pandemic showed us that there is no need to work in silos any longer.

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

Speakers
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Susan Brown

CEO, Kids Co.
Like many other working women I wear lots of hats...I’m mom to two incredible kids (now young adults), Kelby and Midori, I’m wife to the love of my life, Jim, and I have the incredible honor of being Kids Co.’s founder and CEO. And, I’m a Husky. Beyond the hats that I wear... Read More →
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Angela Griffin

CEO, Launch (formerly known as CDSA)
Angela Griffin is a visionary leader as the CEO for Launch. She has over 27 years of experience, focused on the development and implementation of early learning, school age afterschool programs and youth development programs. Angela has a reputation for building strong relationships... Read More →
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Angelia Hicks-Maxie

CEO, Tiny Tots Development Center
Angelia Hicks-Maxie is the Executive Director of the Tiny Tots Development Center (TTDC).  Ms. Maxie is a strong advocate for children in care and childcare employees. She has participated in numerous Worthy Wage events and was a trainer for School’s Out Washington (SOWA).  Ms... Read More →
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Brandee Paisano

Area Director, Boys & Girls Clubs of King County
Brandee Paisano is a mother, coach and US Navy Veteran. She has been working in the childcare and youth development field for 13 years. Brandee loves her job and is very passionate about leadership and mentorship with youth, young professionals and her staff. Her hobbies include running... Read More →


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

1:30pm PDT

Every Relationship Matters: Everyday Mentoring as a Youth Support Framework

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.

Session Survey​​​

Speakers
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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

MSW, Program Manager, 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

1:30pm PDT

Gender Diversity: Understanding Transgender and Gender Diverse Children & Teens

As societal awareness increases, most K-12 teachers, admins, and staff can feel at a loss for how to address the needs of transgender students and their families. Session will address questions such as: 
  • How can a child be transgender? Aren’t they too young to know? Shouldn't they wait until puberty?  What if this is a phase?  
  • How do I talk to young children in ways that are age-appropriate?  
  • How do I differentiate between children’s inquisitiveness and more aggressive teasing?   
  • What about bathrooms, locker rooms, overnight trips, sports, etc? 
  • How do I respectfully engage the parent community if they have concerns/objections? 
  • What are my legal obligations? 
This session will help the attendee build confidence and inspire relief and excitement as they better understand the ways to be gender-inclusive by gaining few new tools and recognizing the applicability of their existing tool set.

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

Session Survey​​​

Speakers
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Aidan Key

Gender Diversity Educator (K-12 Trans/Nonbinary Educator), Gender Diversity
Speaker, author, and educator, Aidan Key’s work centers on gender diverse children.  Key, founder of Gender Diversity, works nationally with hundreds of K-12 schools and youth-based agencies providing professional development, strategic planning, policy development, athletics guidance... Read More →


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

1:30pm PDT

How to Be the Supervisor Your Staff Need

Working in the OST field is rewarding, challenging and really, really busy. With a focus on our youth, we often neglect our staffs, causing a disastrous 40% annual turnover rate. To improve program quality, we must improve our high-quality staff retention. This session will challenge and encourage OST leadership to do just that. 

In this session, participants will assess current practices in staff supervision. They will then learn best practices and develop ways to begin implementing more effective leadership to improve staff retention and program quality.  

This workshop is designed for OST leadership.

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

Session Survey​​​

Speakers
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Katherine Spinney

Educator/Trainer/Coach, Katherine Spinney Coaching, LLC.
After 20+ years of experience in direct service and management, both inside and outside the classroom, I have combined my background in education, social work, and coaching to support professionals in the youth development field. With Master’s degrees in social work and teaching... Read More →


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

3:00pm PDT

Break
Thursday October 28, 2021 3:00pm - 6:00pm PDT

6:00pm PDT

Equity and Inclusion + Improving your Program: How to use micro-practices to change the way you do evaluation

The highest performing afterschool programs have inclusive, equitable work environments that engage stakeholders & teams. However, continuous quality improvement (CQI) initiatives are often top-down experiences, with high stakes for staff, but limited opportunity for engagement. This session introduces micro-practices as a tool to shift to more equitable & inclusive CQI. This session is intended for program leaders & others who lead CQI processes. By the end of the session, attendees will be able to: Understand how & why participatory CQI can help organizations dismantle historically oppressive evaluation practices/Use participatory approaches to CQI to engage the staff & community and support a more equitable & inclusive program environment/Reinforce the importance of “micro-practices” in supporting lasting change, & create participatory CQI micro-practices that meet organizational aims.

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

Session Survey​​​

Speakers
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Corey Newhouse

Founder and Principal of Public Profit, Public Profit
Corey founded Public Profit to build a team that would blend social science research methods, organizational change strategy, and a deep commitment to supporting changemakers. Corey leads the team’s strategic direction, external relationships, & business development. She also serves... Read More →
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Eva Jo Meyers

Co-Founder of Spark Decks, Spark Decks
Eva is the author of “Raise the Room: A practical guide to participant-centered facilitation.” She has held positions as a bilingual classroom teacher, as an administrator for afterschool programs for San Francisco Unified School District, and as a Fulbright Scholar in Thailand... Read More →


Thursday October 28, 2021 6:00pm - 7:30pm PDT
Zoom- Meeting

6:00pm PDT

How SEL and ELL’s Make the Perfect Pair

In this session, we will share a case study backed up by evidence on how social and emotional strategies and holistic health support English Learners not only building confidence and emotional skills, but how that transfers into academic confidence.  After a very challenging year, participants will learn how to create social equity in program by facilitating SEL as an equal participant. Participants will learn how to SEL as an intervention to help marginalized and struggling youth learn how to find their voice and become more comfortable in the academic environment. Participants will leave this session with new ideas using SEL to lift up their current practice in programs with English Learners or any other students who are becoming disconnected during the school day. This session is best suited for frontline staff. Participants will leave feeling inspired and equipped!

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

Session Survey​​​

Speakers
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Julia Gabor

Mindful Founder, kid-grit
Julia is an award-winning educator. Born & raised in NYC; she comes from a diverse urban background & has several dynamic life experiences to share. She is a creative & passionate youth development specialist. She is the Founder of kid-grit, a company that focuses on SEL, mindfulness... Read More →
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Michelle Pina

Ambassador, kid-grit
Michelle Pina has a professional background that includes working as a middle school teacher, professional development coordinator, program evaluator, and federal grant director. She has 15 years of experience in leading and starting up self-funded out-of-school-time (OST) programs... Read More →


Thursday October 28, 2021 6:00pm - 7:30pm PDT
Zoom- Meeting

6:00pm PDT

Restorative Behavior Guidance

In this session participants will grapple with age-old questions of behavior guidance. How do we motivate our youth to make positive behavior choices when they really don't want to! How do we reframe conflict as learning opportunities to deepen our ability to form strong relationships and build skills? By shifting our questions from asking 'what rules were broken' to 'who was harmed in our community' restorative practices offer a pathway to reform trust and relationships after conflict. This training builds on the youth development principles of engagement, skill building and community involvement. Participants will:  
  • Learn to see the complexity of multiple perspectives in conflict 
  • Identify the differences between Criminal Justice and Restorative practices 
  • Explore the principles of restorative justice to reinforce a behavior guidance system

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

Session Survey​​​

Speakers
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Fong Marcolongo

VP of Education and Youth Development, Be The Change Consulting
Fong (she/her/hers) is a bridge-builder and youth development advocate dedicated to supporting communities of color. Her expertise resides in the design/implementation of experiential human-centered learning, culturally competent youth leadership development, positive youth development... Read More →
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Jae Maldonado

Business Strategist, Equity Coach, & Facilitator, Be The Change Consulting
Jae Maldonado is a people centric, strategic thinker, with over 15 years of demonstrated success in developing cross-sector programs that advance racial and gender equity. His unique experience as a transmasculine identified Latinx activist has enabled him to lead from the intersections... Read More →


Thursday October 28, 2021 6:00pm - 7:30pm PDT
Zoom- Meeting

6:00pm PDT

Showing Up: Live from Bridge

Join Sophie Biddle and Rebecca Wong from Cultivate Learning for a special episode of the Showing Up podcast, live streamed from the Bridge Conference. Showing Up is a podcast for school-age care providers and youth development professionals focusing on how we can show up as trauma informed, supportive people in our work. In our live episode we'll be talking with a youth panel about co-creating spaces where young people can feel safe, seen, and secure. Listen in as the kids lead the way!

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

Session Survey​​​

Speakers
avatar for Sophie Biddle (she/her)

Sophie Biddle (she/her)

Professional Development Specialist, Cultivate Learning at the University of Washington
Sophie Biddle is a professional development specialist at Cultivate Learning at the University of Washington. She holds degrees in Sociology and Elementary Science Education from Portland State University. Sophie has over a decade of experience working directly with young people in... Read More →
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Rebecca Wong

Professional Development Specialist, Cultivate Learning at the University of Washington
Rebecca Wong is a Content Specialist at Cultivate Learning at the University of Washington. She earned her Master of Arts in Child and Adolescent Psychology from the University of Washington with a focus on prevention and treatment. She has previously worked in both the education... Read More →


Thursday October 28, 2021 6:00pm - 7:30pm PDT
Zoom- Webinar
 
Friday, October 29
 

9:00am PDT

Closing Plenary with Keynote Speaker Hollis Wong-Wear: Reimagine Everything: Cultivating Creativity, Community and Change

Independent artist and community advocate Hollis Wong-Wear will share song and perspectives on the central place of imagination in youth development and social change work, and how community organizing and trust-building is catalyzed by creativity and collaboration. Hollis will share about her personal journey as a student in youth arts programming who became a mentor, teaching artist, and now working artist and public policy consultant. She will also share how the legacy and life’s work of Grace Lee Boggs grounds and frames her approach as an artist-activist.  



Speakers
avatar for Hollis Wong-Wear

Hollis Wong-Wear

Musician
Hollis Wong-Wear (she/her) is a Grammy-nominated recording artist, songwriter, content producer and strategic facilitator who works at the intersection of creativity, community organizing and public policy. With her roots in spoken word and slam poetry through the nationally recognized... Read More →
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Bertha Villa

21st Century Site Director: Tonasket Elementary, Altera/NLA
Bertha Villa has an MA & PhD in Spanish Literature from Arizona State University.  As the 21st Century Site Director at Tonasket Elementary, she seeks out ways to integrate authentic Spanish titles into STEM, art and social programming in after school.
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Senator T'wina Nobles

Sen. T’wina Nobles represents the 28th Legislative District, which includes the cities of Fircrest, Lakewood, Steilacoom, Dupont, University Place, Tacoma, Anderson Island, Ketron Island, McNiel Island, as well as Joint Base Lewis McChord. Sworn into office in 2021, she is the... Read More →
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Janell Jordan

King County Program Manager, SOWA
As a youth mentor for grrls and co-founder of Womxn of Color in Tech, a project-based initiative focused on the entry, growth, and sustainability of womxn of color in Seattle tech companies, Janell is driven by their background in critical race theory and community organizing to support intentionally designed spaces and projects that radicate change... Read More →
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Sergio Beltran

Pierce County Program Quality Manager, SOWA
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David Beard

Policy & Advocacy Director, School's Out Washington
David facilitates SOWA’s advocacy efforts, including educating policymakers and working with providers and stakeholders to secure more funding and better policies for the field. Throughout his career, David has been an advocate for children and families. After working as the policy... Read More →


Friday October 29, 2021 9:00am - 10:30am PDT
Zoom- Webinar

10:30am PDT

Break
Friday October 29, 2021 10:30am - 11:00am PDT

11:00am PDT

Beyond Parkland: An Equitable Lens to Youth and Gun Violence

School shootings dominate the conversation regarding gun violence in America, but suicide, domestic violence, interpersonal violence, unintentional shootings, and police violence are far more common. More common is the years of gun violence in our black and brown communities, which have been ignored due to Gun Violence Prevention being a white-led movement. We will dive deep into the types of gun violence related to America's youth, emphasizing communities most vulnerable, what solutions exist to combat this public health crisis, and how young people can emerge as gun violence prevention leaders. This session hopes to give a new lens to gun violence disparities and offer a civil vs. criminal approach to solutions.

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

Speakers
avatar for Tremayne Edwards

Tremayne Edwards

Education and Engagement Director, Alliance for Gun Responsibility
Tremayne Edwards is the current Education and Engagement Director for the Alliance for Gun Responsibility in Washington. In this role, his primary responsibility is to oversee programming that includes education and engagement in communities most impacted by gun violence, advocacy... Read More →
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Maria Solano Arauz

Alliance Electoral Intern, Alliance for Gun Responsibility
Maria Solano Arauz moved to the United States six years ago and discovered her passion for organizing. She has worked with Amnesty International USA as the Student Activist Coordinator for Washington State and serves as a youth representative in the National End Gun Violence Core... Read More →
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Brad Blackburn

Electoral Intern, Alliance for Gun Responsibility
Brad Blackburn earned his BA in Political Science in June of 2021 and will continue his education at the UW Evans School of Public Policy & Governance this fall. Brad's passion for public service led him to the Washington Environmental Council where he worked as an Advocacy and Community... Read More →


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

11:00am PDT

Equitable Family Engagement in Out-of-School Time Programs

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.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Martinez

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 →
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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

11:00am PDT

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

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.

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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. 

Moderators
avatar for Maria Pia Johnson Barreto

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 →

Speakers
avatar for Alejandra Cardoso

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 →
avatar for Maricela Rodriguez

Maricela Rodriguez

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


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

11:00am PDT

Shifting Power in the Out of School Setting: Creating space for authentic youth agency

How do we create spaces from which young people leave feeling more connected to themselves and others and with a deep sense that they matter? How do we work together to grow a deep sense of trust and respect? This requires taking a careful look at what kinds of assumptions leaders bring into the space and intentional skill building for adults and youth together. This workshop will introduce participants to strategies for creating strong learning communities that heal instead of harm. We’ll play with ideas then practice. We’ll also model structured community circles and identify skills necessary for success. You will leave hopeful about creating spaces for student voice and agency because you will have practical tools for building a stronger community and sharing power. Join us if you are a program leader, program staff or youth leader and you want to move into a new way of leading.

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

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Norikane

Aaron Norikane

Facilitator, Sound Discipline
Aaron Norikane (he/him) has been working to support quality youth programs in the Seattle area for over 30 years. He has been a tireless advocate for creating strong connections and supportive systems for all young people. Working as an after school provider, program director, substitute... Read More →
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Roshaé Lowe

Facilitator, Sound Discipline
As a Facilitator, Roshaé Lowe (she/her) leads professional development trainings and workshops for educators, administrators, parents, and community members. Additionally, she coaches and collaborates with educators to make crucial changes in school cultures and systems.  Rosha... Read More →


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

11:00am PDT

Unlearning Ableism for Educators

This session is designed to support participants' understanding of what ableism is, how it shows up in classroom settings, and how they can challenge ableism in their practices. We will explore such topics as TL Lewis' working definition of ableism and consider the medical vs. social models of disability. It is possible that participants may experience discomfort during or after the presentation as we learn how we have perpetuated ableism ourselves. Discomfort is a normal experience as part of growth and the (un)learning process. We will conclude with exploring a number of tangible, active strategies that educators can use to counter ableism. Specifically this workshop will support direct service staff, educators, administration, and other leaders who can influence policy and practice changes.

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

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Melissa McPheeters

Coach and Consultant, Rise to Resilience
Melissa McPheeters (they/she) has a Master of Education with an emphasis in Trauma and Resilience and a Bachelor of Social Work degree. They have worked with children of all ages, most recently with young children and their families for Head Start. Melissa has created a platform... Read More →


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

11:00am PDT

Youth Program Quality to Promote Social Justice & Racial Equity

How can what we know—from youth program quality efforts and from youth justice and equity practices—inform efforts to promote equitable ecosystems for young people to learn and grow? 
Join this session to unpack some of the questions, tensions, and dilemmas that can arise when we look at quality youth programs—rooted in positive youth development—alongside programs that are, by mission or by community, focused more squarely on issues of social justice, racial equity, and social action. This session will engage participants in interactive exercises and group discussion about how youth workers can contribute to both youth development and racial equity.

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


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Alicia Wilson-Ahlstrom

Consultant, Forum for Youth Investment's Big Picture Approach Training & Consulting
Alicia’s portfolio includes writing and research projects related to out-of-school time, youth program quality and postsecondary success. Alicia holds diverse training and facilitation experience in the areas of youth-focused practice and policy. She has served as an adjunct faculty... Read More →
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Dave Martineau

Director of Design & Innovation, Forum for Youth Investment's Weikart Center
David Martineau joined the Weikart Center team in 2018 with more than 20 years of experience in youth development, social justice education, group facilitation, and social services. Dave worked with the HighScope Educational Research Foundation from 1999-2004, where he worked with... Read More →


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