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.

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Friday, October 30 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
Cultivating Connections

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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. 
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.” 
― Desmond Tutu (Foreword) 
Our closing Cultivating Connections session goes from exploring the macro to planning out the micro. Even the most complex of systems lay at the Achilles heels of change. Participants will analyze and reflect on our individual impacts and what is in our realm of control that we can change to support the collective. Centering the closing keynote, we will move through a social change cycle where folks will reflect on questions like: 
What are you willing to change within yourself? 
How will you be remembered? 
What does living my truth look like? 

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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 →

Friday October 30, 2020 11:00am - 12:30pm PDT
Zoom- Meeting