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.

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Tuesday, October 27 • 11:00am - 1:00pm
“Who Taught You That?” - Understanding Gender, Creating Affirming Spaces

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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.

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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 →

Tuesday October 27, 2020 11:00am - 1:00pm PDT
Zoom- Meeting