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 3: For the Long Haul: How Youth Workers Stay Nourished

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Alta Starr defines resilience as “our ability to connect and cultivate our innate aliveness.” As youth workers, we have our stories of what brought us to this work, and what we love about it. But what about all of the stories of challenge? How do we sustain ourselves in this field? How do we combat vicarious trauma and burnout? How does our work cultivate our innate aliveness? Join us for stories of how working with young people anchors, engages, and inspires our panelists.

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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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 →


Mariela Barriga

Director of Student Success, Highline College Support Center

Leandra Shelton

Foundation for Tacoma Students

Daemond Arrindell

Writer, Educatory, Arts & Equity Consultant, HeARTWork Collective

Devan Rogers

Youth Voice Outreach Coordinator, Soar

Sonny Nguyen

Youth Mentor with the Service Board, Mayor's Office Senior External Affairs Liaison, the Service Board & City of Seattle

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