School’s Out Washington’s annual Bridge Conference is a multi-day regional convening focused on exploring, celebrating, and influencing our collective field(s) through the act of solidarity and unified learning. Expanded learning professionals, community organizers, school district representatives, funders, policymakers, and systems leaders 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; and strive to recognize power dynamics throughout programs and systems and begin to strategize how to co-create stronger partnerships across sectors. Join us at the 2020 Bridge Conference from Tuesday, October 27 – Friday, October 30, 2020. 

2020 Bridge ConferenceThe Seeds We Sow, emphasizes intention in the act of reimagination. Only together, as a collective, will we solidify a new foundation that intertwines our cultures, values, and leadership to nourish all our young people’s excellence and right to thrive.

Bridge Conference Registrants: Within 12 hours of registering, 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.

This schedule was updated most recently on 10/20/20.
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Benjamin Baird

School’s Out Washington
Program Manager
Nine Mile Falls, WA
Ben has been working in the Youth Development field for the past 18 years and has experience working with and for a wide range of organizations and programs. Before joining SOWA, Ben was the Assistant Manager of Youth Development at West Central Community Center serving under-represented youth and families in the West Central and Emmerson-Garfield neighborhoods of Spokane. Raised in Spokane, Ben grew a love for the outdoors. This passion fueled his approach to youth work, believing that our natural and wild places can be utilized to greatly impact the hearts and minds of young people, and led him to create The Outdoor & Wilderness Learning School (OWLS), a top Washington State - No Child Left Inside grantee in 2016-2017, that teaches self-reliance and positive life skills to children and teens by using outdoor experiences as a catalyst for learning.

Ben is a certified Peer Assistance and Leadership (PAL) instructor with the Workers Assistance Program out of Austin, TX; a mentor with The Mayfly Project, a National organization that uses fly fishing at a relational tool to improve outcomes for youth in the foster system; and an Ad Hoc Educator at The Community School, a project based high school in the Spokane Public Schools system, where he facilitates the Leadership and Peer Engagement activities.
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