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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Thursday, October 29 • 9:00am - 11:00am
Advocacy in the Time of COVID

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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.

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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 →

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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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Jeannie Nist

Associate Director, Communities In Schools of Washington State
Jeannie Nist is the Associate Director for Communities In Schools of Washington State. In her role, Jeannie supports the growth of new CIS programs and coordinates statewide advocacy across the CIS network. Jeannie began her career as an educational advocate for children in NYC’s... Read More →
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Brandee Paisano

Area Director, Boys & Girls Clubs of King County

Thursday October 29, 2020 9:00am - 11:00am PDT
Zoom- Meeting