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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Wednesday, October 28 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
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.

We are not meant to live in long-term isolation or fear. Although chosen solitude is a vital practice in our self-actualization, healing flourishes in communion. Having spaces to be seen, heard, and validated are important for our social and emotional wellbeing.

These sessions focus on cultivating a lightly facilitated space to digest, reflect, and simply connect like we might at an in-person conference. Our first session will support participants to convene in smaller groups to chew on tidbits or learnings from previous sessions and storytelling hour as well as discuss, problem solve, or simply network with folks interested in similar topics.

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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 →

Wednesday October 28, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm PDT
Zoom- Meeting