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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Wednesday, October 28 • 9:00am - 10:15am
Storytelling Hour Room 1: Parents Engaging in Education & Youth Development

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Parents are their children’s first educators. How do BIPOC parents, particularly those with experiences as refugees or immigrants, navigate the education system? How do they partner with schools and youth development programs to ensure their youth receive the support they need? Join us as parents from across the region tell stories about overcoming barriers and advocating for stronger supports for students.  

What emerges when we focus our attention and listen deeply, with openness and compassion, to stories being told to us? Join us for a special Storytelling Hour as we build bridges to each other through the art of storytelling. In each themed room, a diverse group of grounded community workers, youth, and parents connected to expanded learning and youth programs will share personal, emotion-drive, authentic, and insightful stories connected to that room’s theme. 

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Lynda Llavore

Youth Program Quality Coach, Schools Out Washington


Safio Abdi

Program Manager, Open Doors for Multicultural Famillies
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Charlett Shoecraft

Executive Director, Empowering Youth and Families Outreach
I am the founder of Empowering Youth and Families Outreach with over 25 years of experience running community based programs for thousands of youth and families. Our mission is to make a difference in the lives of youth by providing multifaceted programs that builds resilience... Read More →

Dante Pollard

Parent Leadership Team, Road Map Project
I am a single father of two girls ages 10 and 12. In the 5th and 7th grades.

Patricia Palomino

Voluntaria en Para Los Ninos, Para Los Ninos

Sandra Simarra Gutierrez

Embajador de Padres de Familia, Washington Association of Head Start and ECEAP

Wednesday October 28, 2020 9:00am - 10:15am PDT
Zoom- Meeting