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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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Tuesday, October 27
 

9:00am PDT

Opening Plenary with Keynote: "From Education Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter"

2020 is a year like we have never witnessed. A pandemic that exposed structural health inequalities was followed by the largest civil rights uprisings in American history against police violence and systemic racism. The sustained demonstrations and radical imagination of young people have challenged the nation to rethink the relationship between government and citizens. How did we get here? What is the role of educators and youth development professionals in this movement? How do we show up differently and support student organizing? Megan Ming Francis will discuss how we got to this urgent moment, the power of organized protest, and responsibility we all share to transform our society.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Megan Ming Francis

Dr. Megan Ming Francis

An Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington and Field Director for History and Political Development at the Washington Institute for the Study of Inequality and Race, Dr. Francis will bring her historical knowledge and valuable insights to reimagine new ways to engage in our work with young people. She will ground us... Read More →


Tuesday October 27, 2020 9:00am - 10:30am PDT
Zoom- Webinar

10:30am PDT

Break & Transition
Tuesday October 27, 2020 10:30am - 11:00am PDT

11:00am PDT

Rebuilding After a Year of Racial Unrest and a Pandemic: Lessons for Building Sustainable Systems

The pandemic has brought to surface and magnified disparities and inequities that have long existed. It has also highlighted the need for creating systems that are sustainable and can withstand turbulent times. Local, national, and neighboring state leaders will surface lessons learned and strategies for rebuilding with equity and sustainability at the core.

This session is part of the Systems Leader Cohort pathway.

Speakers
avatar for Wokie Weah

Wokie Weah

President, Youthprise
As President of Youthprise, Wokie Weah provides executive leadership and vision, works in partnership with the board of directors and brokers relationships to reduce disparities with and for Minnesota youth. In 2016, Wokie was recognized as one of the “(Real) Power 50” by Minnesota... Read More →
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Karen Pitman

President & CEO, Forum for Youth Investment
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Michael Funk

Director of Expanded Learning Division, California Department of Education
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Maria Flores

Executive Director for the Center for the Improvement of Student Learning, Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction


Tuesday October 27, 2020 11:00am - 1:00pm PDT
Zoom- Meeting

11:00am PDT

Building Community and Equity with Practical Trauma-Responsive Tools

Relationships and community are foundational for removing barriers, healing and learning. Learn the why and how of practical tools for co-creating community with the youth you work with online or in-person. (And these tools work with your adult team too!) This workshop will be led experientially (and safely) so come with an open mind, heart and a willingness to move.

Participants will:
  • Practice 3 tools for connecting and building community  
  • Engage their body, heart and mind in exploring how equity and trauma-responsive practices are so intertwined 

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Norikane

Aaron Norikane

Facilitator, Sound Discipline
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Reid Kuennen

Facilitator, Sound Discipline
Reid’s work is rooted in their belief that everyone has a valid desire to be seen and heard. Steeped in the power of arts and imagination-based practices, Reid has designed and facilitated experiential-learning programs in the US, Canada, Bolivia, Egypt, and Spain. With an equity... Read More →


Tuesday October 27, 2020 11:00am - 1:00pm PDT
Zoom- Meeting

11:00am PDT

Expeditionary Learning- Cultivating Brilliant Minds

In this workshop participants will explore the expeditionary learning approach with a social justice lens; this approach cultivates brilliant minds. The expeditionary learning approach is a way to provide opportunities for young people to experience learning in an adventurous way! A learning expedition is a journey, and at the end of the journey, youth are enlightened and more likely to contribute to a better world. Expeditionary learning cultivates critical thinkers. Participates will complete the workshop with an expedition learning toolkit that they can use for youth programming.

Speakers
avatar for THERESA HARDY

THERESA HARDY

Founder & CEO, BRAVE- Building Resilience Awareness & Variations of Excellence
Theresa is the founder and CEO of BRAVE- Building Resilience Awareness & Variations of Excellence, an innovative youth development non-profit. Theresa is a visionary and leader in social justice and personal development in schools and the workplace. She has eight years of experience... Read More →


Tuesday October 27, 2020 11:00am - 1:00pm PDT
Zoom- Meeting

11:00am PDT

From the Simple to the Sacred: connecting from a distance

How do we maintain intentional presence and focus on zoom? Arts Corps teaching artists and staff will lead participants through creative solutions to engaging youth, tactics to create personal connectivity, address SEL needs, and intentionally finding the ways to translate our in person work to the digital arena. How do we not get “stuck” in our old ways, but translate to the virtual world effectively? How do we address self-consciousness? How do you build community online? How can youth lead us in how they want to learn? This workshop is intended for direct service staff and supervisors. Participants will walk away with tools that can be utilized in virtual classrooms as well as across workplace meetings and other virtual landscapes.

Speakers
avatar for Olisa Enrico

Olisa Enrico

Performer, Educator, Administrator, Praxis Essentials
Olisa is a performing artist, educator and administrator who believes that art cultivates community and culture. Olisa spent her childhood writing music and performing. She traversed genres and rooted in hip hop as her primary form of expression. She branched out to theater and found... Read More →
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Heleya de Barros

Director of Arts Education, Arts Corps
Heleya is an actor, teaching artist, and arts education advocate whose work focuses on how to use theatre skills across disciplines. She is the Director of Arts Education at Arts Corps, and the Executive Director of The Association of Teaching Artists, the oldest organization serving... Read More →
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Erica Merritt

Teaching Artist, The Residency
Vocal Sessions with Erica Merritt is an opportunity for up and coming performers to strengthen their vocal power. She will go over techniques that help you strengthen your vocal cords, give you the best outcome of your vocal range, teach you breathe techniques and give you confidence... Read More →


Tuesday October 27, 2020 11:00am - 1:00pm PDT
Zoom- Meeting

11:00am PDT

Leading with SEL in Mind

Leading with SEL in Mind is part of a newly developed training suite by the Forum for Youth Investment’s Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality that provides out-of-school-time youth program directors and administrators with tools to oversee staff implementation of quality SEL practices. Leading with SEL in Mind will provide an opportunity for participants to create clarity and alignment in how to support and guide their teams by:  
  • recognizing how they can model SEL Skills for their team;  
  • identifying their SEL Focused Core Values as a leader; and 
  • creating their SEL Leadership Personal Mission and Mission Statements.  

Speakers
avatar for Adrienne Bard

Adrienne Bard

Portfolio Manager, The Forum for Youth Investment's David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality
Adrienne joined the Forum for Youth Investment’s Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality in 2014. She works with leaders in out-of-school time programs across the country and UK on city, state, and national quality improvement systems. Adrienne brings passion for both youth development... Read More →
avatar for Amanda Ruud

Amanda Ruud

Training Product & Process Design Specialist, The Forum for Youth Investment's David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality
Amanda serves as the Training Product & Process Design Specialist for The Forum for Youth Investment’s Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality. Fifteen years of experience in out-of-school time settings--in roles ranging from volunteer to site director to board chairperson--informs... Read More →


Tuesday October 27, 2020 11:00am - 1:00pm PDT
Zoom- Meeting

11:00am PDT

More Than Being Calm: Exploring Mindfulness for Implicit Bias

"Change begins with reflection, not deflection." - Dr. Chandra Gill

Mindfulness is paying attention to the present moment with kindness and curiosity, and a step towards a shift in our hearts. Research shows that mindful awareness practices help us uncover our implicit bias and unconscious ideas, thoughts, and beliefs. Drawing on the work of Ruth King, author of Mindful of Race, as well as other teachers, we will explore mindfulness practices to uncover our unconscious biases and thoughts as a stepping-stone toward change and growth. How can we care for ourselves in this process, which may be difficult, with love and compassion? This session will include safe spaces, caucuses, for people who identify as people of color and people who identify as white.

Speakers
avatar for Tai Velasquez

Tai Velasquez

Director of Community Engagement, Space Between
Tai Velasquez is the Director of Community Engagement at Space Between. She is a Chopra Center certified Primordial Sound Meditation instructor.Tai has taught meditation and mindfulness to adults in a variety of settings, including workshops for non-profit organizations, teaching... Read More →
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Kim Armstrong

Executive Director, Space Between
Kim is a co-founder and the Executive Director of Space Between. She is passionate about how mindful and healing-centered practices can help young people and adults develop a healthy foundation for well-being.Kim has worked with teachers, student, and schools for about 15 years, 1st... Read More →


Tuesday October 27, 2020 11:00am - 1:00pm PDT
Zoom- Meeting

11:00am PDT

“Who Taught You That?” - Understanding Gender, Creating Affirming Spaces

Does your organization serve transgender and gender non-conforming youth? Statistically, yes! Want to learn how to support all young people by creating welcoming and affirming environments for trans and gender non-conforming youth? If you’re open to a paradigm shift and a generous helping of introspection, join us!

This activity-based workshop will explore where ideas about manhood and womanhood come from, the relationship between the “rules” of gender and colonialism, and what’s at stake for trans and gender non-conforming youth. All participants, from direct-service staff to organizational leaders, will have the opportunity to identify tangible strategies to change program environments to support us all.

Speakers
avatar for Lex Gavin

Lex Gavin

Best Starts for Kids Program Quality Manager, School's Out Washington
Lex helps develop SOWA’s race and social justice trainings and leads the Best Starts for Kids Out-of-School Time quality initiative. They’ve worked in queer and trans youth services, homeless youth services, youth mental health services with a focus on suicide prevention, and... Read More →


Tuesday October 27, 2020 11:00am - 1:00pm PDT
Zoom- Meeting

1:30pm PDT

Cypherworx - 10/27 Exhibitor Open House
Attendees: Click on the Video Stream button to attend the live session. 

CypherWorx provides the latest in state certified online professional development training for after school professionals. In Washington, CypherWorx partnered with School's Out Washington to provide the 30-Hour Initial Training online, as well as the state approved ongoing training all online, and accessible on any device. Course completions are updated regularly with the Washington MERIT Registry, and the courses are also eligible for IACET Continuing Education Credits (CEUs). Organizations will have access to a customized learning management system (LMS) with the ability to track and manage all live and online training, along with the ability to easily create an unlimited number of custom online training courses. CypherWorx provides access to hundreds of hours of high quality online professional development courses. If you are looking for a low cost way to meet and exceed your training requirements, or if you are looking to develop a consistent professional development track with immediate access to valuable information your staff can use today, then come meet the team at CypherWorx. We would love to learn more about you and your program!

Exhibitors
avatar for Cypherworx

Cypherworx

Vice President and COO, CypherWorx
CypherWorx provides the latest in state certified online professional development training for after school professionals. In Washington, CypherWorx partnered with School's Out Washington to provide the 30-Hour Initial Training online, as well as the state approved ongoing training all online... Read More →


Tuesday October 27, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
See Video Stream

1:30pm PDT

Exhibitor Open House Hours
Explore the Exhibitor Directory to learn about the programs, services, curriculum, and other resources that our exhibitors offer to the youth development and education fields.

Meet with our Exhibitors!
  • OPEN HOUSE HOURS: Click the "Video Stream" link in their individual sessions during this open house hour. Note: if you would like to attend multiple sessions, please reference the 'Exhibitor Open House Directory', or contact us at bridge@schoolsoutwashington.org.
  • SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT: Please see the Exhibitor Directory Profiles  to contact and set up an appointment. We recommend doing this if you are unable to join during the open house hours.
You can directly set up individual exhibitor appointments or connect with exhibitors during our Exhibitor 'Open House Hours' on Tuesday (1:30-2:30) and Thursday (11:30-12:30) to learn more.


Tuesday October 27, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT

1:30pm PDT

Girls Who Code - 10/27 Exhibitor Open House
Girls Who Code is an international nonprofit leading the movement to close the gender gap in technology. We’ve reached 500 million people through our online initiatives and 300,000 girls through our programming. Of the girls we've reached in person, half come from historically underrepresented groups in tech. We have 80,000 college-aged alumni, majoring in computer science at a rate 15 times the national average!

Our largest program, Girls Who Code Clubs, provides free curriculum and resources for 3-12th graders to learn computer science and join a growing sisterhood of girls using tech to change the world. Our interactive curriculum teaches girls coding, while also creating a culture of bravery where girls feel supported and encouraged to take risks and learn new skills. When you sign up to access our free curriculum and resources, our Clubs:

- Are 100% free
- Can be run virtually or in-person
- Include 120+ hours of flexible plug and play curriculum that feature groupbuilder activities, spotlights on inspiring women in tech, self-guided coding curriculum, and a culminating Girls Who Code Project to address a real world problem in the community
- Do not require any prior coding experience to lead a Club
- Promote a girls-supportive environment, yet students of all genders are welcome to join!

Join the movement by bringing a Girls Who Code Club to your community and signing up to start a Club using the Clubs application at girlswhocode.com/clubsapply -- whether you meet in-person or virtually!

GIVEAWAY: Enter to win exclusive Girls Who Code swag at bit.ly/SignUpGWC using the code Bridge2020!

Exhibitors
avatar for Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code

Senior Manager, Community Partnerships & Outreach, Girls Who Code
Girls Who Code is an international nonprofit leading the movement to close the gender gap in technology. We’ve reached 500 million people through our online initiatives and 300,000 girls through our programming. Of the girls we've reached in person, half come from historically underrepresented... Read More →


Tuesday October 27, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
See Video Stream

1:30pm PDT

OSPI Child Nutrition Services - 10/27 Exhibitor Open House
Attendees: Click on the Video Stream button to attend the live session. 

Child Nutrition assists school districts and other institutions in providing quality nutrition programs that promote life-long healthful living while providing nutritious meals each day that prepare children for learning.

Meal Site Finder 

Takeaway Resources: 
OSPI CNS Summer Food Service Program Webpage
- OSPI CNS Summer Meals Communication Toolkit
- USDA Summer Meals Toolkit
- Power Up for Summer Fun
- USDA Summer Meals Promotional Materials (English and Spanish)

Exhibitors
avatar for OSPI Child Nutrition Services

OSPI Child Nutrition Services

Office of Superintendent of Public Instructions
Child Nutrition assists school districts and other institutions in providing quality nutrition programs that promote life-long healthful living while providing nutritious meals each day that prepare children for learning.Meal Site Finder Takeaway Resources: - OSPI CNS Summer F... Read More →


Tuesday October 27, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
See Video Stream

1:30pm PDT

SeaDoc Society - 10/27 Exhibitor Open House
Attendees: Click on the 'Video Stream' button to attend the live session. 

SeaDoc Society is a flagship program of the UC Davis One Health Institute's Wildlife Health Center. We work to ensure the health of wildlife and their ecosystems throughout the Salish Sea. This work has a deep purpose in building environmental equity for people disproportionately affected by ecosystem degradation, air and water pollution, and climate change. SeaDoc Education works with schools to raise every one of the next generation with an understanding of science, respect for traditional ecological knowledge, and a solid ocean ethic to promote sustainable communities.

Takeaway Resources: www.juniorseadoctors.org

Exhibitors
avatar for SeaDoc Society

SeaDoc Society

Education Coordinator, SeaDoc Society
SeaDoc Society is a flagship program of the UC Davis One Health Institute's Wildlife Health Center. We work to ensure the health of wildlife and their ecosystems throughout the Salish Sea. This work has a deep purpose in building environmental equity for people disproportionately... Read More →


Tuesday October 27, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
See Video Stream

1:30pm PDT

STEMfinity - 10/27 Exhibitor Open House
STEMfinity is a One-Stop-STEM-Shop that includes the latest, vetted STEM products and services. We have the largest selection of hands-on enrichment from the most trusted STEM brands on the planet. Our hands-on resources are targeted to PreK-12 students learning STEM, Robotics, 3D Printing, Drone Technology, AR/VR/AI, Art, Computer Science, Rocketry and Beyond. STEMfinity provides Customized STEM Solutions for At-home Learning, Afterschool, Makerspace, and Summer Enrichment Programs. Join STEMfinity in its effort to provide today’s youth with hands-on tools that will STEMulate Your Mind!

Takeaway Resources:
Free STEM Education Resources

Exhibitors
avatar for STEMfinity

STEMfinity

STEMfinity is a One-Stop-STEM-Shop that includes the latest, vetted STEM products and services. We have the largest selection of hands-on enrichment from the most trusted STEM brands on the planet. Our hands-on resources are targeted to PreK-12 students learning STEM, Robotics, 3D Printing... Read More →


Tuesday October 27, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
See Video Stream

1:30pm PDT

Techbridge Girls - 10/27 Exhibitor Open House
Launched in 2000 at the Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland, California, with a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Techbridge Girls (TBG) was one of the earliest organizations to focus on introducing girls and marginalized communities to the STEM fields. After a decade of exemplary outcomes, TBG won another prestigious NSF grant to scale our after-school programs nationally. Techbridge Girls launched in San Jose in 2011, then in Greater Seattle in 2014, and in Washington, D.C. in 2015. Our after-school programs in California, the Pacific Northwest, and Washington, D.C. regions have reached over 70,000 youth, including over 7,000 girls directly engaged in our after-school and summer programs, and over 60,000 boys and girls engaged through partnerships with youth-serving groups like Girl Scouts; Boys & Girls Clubs; YMCA; Society of Women Engineers; San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and Families; and others. 

Exhibitors
avatar for Techbridge Girls

Techbridge Girls

Launched in 2000 at the Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland, California, with a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Techbridge Girls (TBG) was one of the earliest organizations to focus on introducing girls and marginalized communities to the STEM fields. After a decade of exemplary outcomes, TBG won another prestigious NSF grant to scale our after-school programs nationally. Techbridge Girls launched in San Jo... Read More →


Tuesday October 27, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
See Video Stream

1:30pm PDT

Washington Youth Academy - 10/27 Exhibitor Open House
The Washington Youth Academy is a National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program. Established under authority of both federal and state law, the WYA is a state-run residential and post-residential intervention for youth who have dropped out of high school or are at risk of dropping out. The Washington Youth Academy is a quasi-military training and mentoring program for at-risk youth. The goal of the program is to give youth a second chance to become responsible and productive citizens by helping them improve their life skills, education levels, and employment potential. The program incorporates a highly structured format, with an emphasis on student discipline and personal responsibility to provide a positive, safe and secure learning environment. Program graduates can recover up to 8.0 credits (approximately 1.3 years of high school credits). Credits are approved by OSPI and taught by certificated teachers. The goal is to return graduates to their home high school to graduate on time with their peers.

Exhibitors
avatar for Washington Youth Academy

Washington Youth Academy

Coordinator, Washington Youth Academy
The Washington Youth Academy is a National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program. Established under authority of both federal and state law, the WYA is a state-run residential and post-residential intervention for youth who have dropped out of high school or are at risk of dropping out. The... Read More →


Tuesday October 27, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
See Video Stream
 
Wednesday, October 28
 

9:00am PDT

Storytelling Hour Room 1: Parents Engaging in Education & Youth Development

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. 

Moderators
avatar for Lynda Llavore

Lynda Llavore

Youth Program Quality Coach, Schools Out Washington

Speakers
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Safio Abdi

Program Manager, Open Doors for Multicultural Famillies
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Charlett Shoecraft

Executive Director, Empowering Youth and Families
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 →
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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.
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Patricia Palomino

Voluntaria en Para Los Ninos, Para Los Ninos
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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

9:00am PDT

Storytelling Hour Room 2: Nuestras Raíces: Exploring the Complexity of Latinx Identities and Experiences

Join us to hear a collection of unfiltered, raw, and authentic multilingual stories and voices around the complexities of carrying the Latinx identity in the U.S. Nuestras Raíces centers our diverse stories and voices within a “latinidad” that continues to erase us, as we continue to decolonize in our spaces and heal, as we continue la lucha for our voices to matter. We all have something to learn from each other’s wisdom and life experiences as we collectively work to support our young people in the field.

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.

Moderators
avatar for Maria Pia Johnson Barreto

Maria Pia Johnson Barreto

Learning and Design Manager, School's Out Washington

Speakers
avatar for Jocelyn Reyes Chávez

Jocelyn Reyes Chávez

Program Director, Washington State University
Me dijeron que sea quien soy... y ahora aquí estoy.


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

9:00am PDT

Storytelling Hour Room 3: For the Long Haul: How Youth Workers Stay Nourished

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.

Moderators
avatar for Lex Gavin

Lex Gavin

Best Starts for Kids Program Quality Manager, School's Out Washington
Lex helps develop SOWA’s race and social justice trainings and leads the Best Starts for Kids Out-of-School Time quality initiative. They’ve worked in queer and trans youth services, homeless youth services, youth mental health services with a focus on suicide prevention, and... Read More →

Speakers
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Mariela Barriga

Director of Student Success, Highline College Support Center
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Leandra Shelton

Foundation for Tacoma Students
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Daemond Arrindell

Writer, Educatory, Arts & Equity Consultant, HeARTWork Collective
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Devan Rogers

Youth Voice Outreach Coordinator, Soar
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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

10:15am PDT

Break & Transition
Wednesday October 28, 2020 10:15am - 10:45am PDT

10:45am PDT

Cultivating Connections

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.



Speakers
avatar for Janell Jordan

Janell Jordan

King County Program Manager, School's Out Washington
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

10:45am PDT

Cultivating Connections for Systems Leader Cohort: Making Meaning of the Current Context

In the past year, the expanded learning sector has been asked to pivot to respond to the current climate, from making hard financial and programmatic decisions in response to COVID, to finding new ways to connect with and support youth, to seizing the opportunity to more intentionally address racial inequity. In this session, we want to hear from you! Join us with other participants in the Systems Leaders Cohort to share about the changes you have observed and shaped through your work, and the new insights you’ve gained about the role and potential of youth development and expanded learning systems as we navigate these challenging times.

This session is designated for individuals who are committed to participate in the Conference via the Systems Leader Cohort pathway. This session is designed to nourish social connection and facilitate networking for Systems Leaders in our virtual Conference space.

Speakers
avatar for Jimena Quiroga Hopkins

Jimena Quiroga Hopkins

Founder and Principal, Thrive Paradigm
Jimena Quiroga Hopkins is the Founder and Principal of Thrive Paradigm, a national education consulting firm. For almost 20 years, she has been supporting the youth development field in efforts to build staff capacity and improve program quality as a field researcher, technical assistance... Read More →


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

12:00pm PDT

Break & Transition
Wednesday October 28, 2020 12:00pm - 12:30pm PDT

12:30pm PDT

Dismantling Dual Pandemics: How Intermediaries Center Racial Equity in their Responses to COVID

In this session, we will explore how four afterschool intermediary organizations in the Every Hour Counts coalition — Youthprise in Minnesota, Collective for Youth in Omaha, NE, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation in Washington, and Youth Development Executives of King County in Washington— are centering racial equity in their system-building efforts and working towards more racially equitable responses to the virus by empowering youth through advocacy, leading advocacy campaigns, and convening community stakeholders.

Participants — expanded learning professionals, school district representatives, funders, policymakers, and systems leaders and staff— will walk away with strategies organizations can take to mobilize shared ideas into action-oriented solutions in order to fight the impacts of COVID-19 and structural racism.

Note: Automated captioning will not be provided for this session.

Speakers
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LaRon Henderson

Program Quality Director, Collective for Youth
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Fahren Johnson

Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Senior Program Officer
As the Senior Program Officer for Expanded Learning Opportunities, Fahren is leading the coordination of Expanded Learning Opportunities for 12 elementary sites that are a part of the Tacoma Social & Emotional Learning Initiative.Fahren joined GTCF in September of 2017. Before that... Read More →
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Allyson Margolis

Director of Every Hour Counts National Learning Community, Policy & Communications Manager, Every Hour Counts
Ally Margolis is Every Hour Counts’ Policy & Communications Manager. Ally manages the organization’s communications strategy and the peer learning opportunities of our National Learning Community, our coalition’s group of more than ten expanded learning systems from cities... Read More →
avatar for Wokie Weah

Wokie Weah

President, Youthprise
As President of Youthprise, Wokie Weah provides executive leadership and vision, works in partnership with the board of directors and brokers relationships to reduce disparities with and for Minnesota youth. In 2016, Wokie was recognized as one of the “(Real) Power 50” by Minnesota... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Werner

Jessica Werner

Executive Director, YDEKC
Jessica Paul Werner has led Youth Development Executives of King County (YDEKC) since its inception in 2011, building the coalition of more than 100 executive leaders of youth serving organizations and establishing YDEKC as a thought leader in the fields of youth development, social... Read More →


Wednesday October 28, 2020 12:30pm - 1:45pm PDT
Zoom- Webinar

12:30pm PDT

Exploring How White Supremacy Culture Impacts Learning and Leading

Culture establishes the context and values for how people communicate, engage and work together. Culture is powerful because it is simultaneously ever-present and difficult to identify. Despite best intentions, even equity-driven leaders and organizations can find themselves perpetuating the exploitative White Supremacy norms that seek conformity and control rather than authenticity and critical thinking. Join us for a brave exploration of what White dominant culture looks like, sounds like, and feels like, how it impacts our capacity to learn and lead, and strategies, practices and mindsets that put us on a path back to honoring our shared humanity, interdependence and, ultimately, liberation.

Speakers
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Zakir McKenzie Parpia

Director of Programs, California School-Age Consortium (CalSAC)
Zakir McKenzie Parpia (Zak) found his way to youth development via youth athletics. He is passionate about supporting and developing high quality youth development professionals and programs. As the Director of Programs at CalSAC, Zak works on Leadership programming, the CalSAC Trainer... Read More →


Wednesday October 28, 2020 12:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Zoom- Meeting

12:30pm PDT

Race & Equity: Transforming Organizations for the Long Haul

There is an unwavering sense of urgency felt more deeply and by many more as the country reckons with systemic oppression. OST leaders are vocalizing their alliance against racism and to doing more to address inequities. Many are asking themselves where to start and how to go deeper. Dismantling systems of oppression requires a commitment to the long haul - to a sustainable organization-wide way of being. This is typically not comfortable, especially as we look honestly at the ways we consciously and unconsciously create and uphold barriers as the individuals that make-up these systems. This session offers a space to explore concrete policies and practices that hinder and foster equity-driven organizations and systems change. You’ll have the opportunity to reflect on existing practices and policies within your organization and will identify a road map toward sustainable transformation.

Speakers
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Ruth Obel-Jorgensen

Senior Partner, Thrive Paradigm
With 20+ years of experience and education in the nonprofit social justice sector, Ruth Obel-Jorgensen has worked to create systems change through values-driven leadership and practices that advance equity. As the former executive director of the California School-Age Consortium... Read More →


Wednesday October 28, 2020 12:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Zoom- Meeting

12:30pm PDT

Designing Decolonized Tech Curriculum

Participants will learn about the Geeking Out Kids of Color youth program, its decolonized tech curriculum, our curriculum design process, and a case study of one of our curricula. The group will then get the opportunity to apply what they have learned about how we center our tech curriculum on building understanding and agency around a social issue. There’s no need for technical expertise, only imagination! The groups will come back together to share and discuss key takeaways about designing decolonized tech curriculum. Since this is about program curriculum design, the intended audience is direct service staff, but this session will be engaging and useful for all who are interested.

Speakers
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Samantha Gil-Vargas

Project Manager and Lead Curriculum Developer, Geeking Out Kids of Color
I have an undergraduate degree in Human Centered Design and engineering from UW-Seattle. Throughout my undergraduate I participated in research studies, internships with start-up or non-profits to design for and around communities that have been the most impacted by oppressive systems... Read More →
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Heven Ambachew

Tech Educator and Software Developer, Geeking Out Kids of Color
Heven is currently studying Computer Science as an undergrad at Pacific Lutheran University. She is the co-founder and program coordinator of Collective Youth - A youth program with-in Geeking Out Kids of Color. As an instructor at GOKiC, she integrates technology and social justice... Read More →
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Linda Vong

Curriculum Developer and Software Developer, Geeking Out Kids of Color
I am a proud South Seattle resident, daughter of refugees from Vietnam, and computer science and education student at the University of Washington. I leverage my technical background, interdisciplinary lenses, passion for educational equity, and engagement with critical race theory... Read More →


Wednesday October 28, 2020 12:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Zoom- Meeting

12:30pm PDT

Empowering Kids Online with Creative Expression to Build SEL and Foster Connection

As we adapt to a changing landscape, our strategies to support kids and families must also pivot. In this interactive workshop, we'll highlight the benefits of using creative expression online to build SEL skills. You'll practice strategies to help kids name and manage their emotions, develop tools for coping, and build resilience. Combining theory and anecdotal experience, we'll focus on the process for engaging kids in creative expression online and how to respond to their work in ways that build trust and connection. We'll learn together as a community and then take a student's seat and do hands-on activities to help understand what it's like to participate in creative expression online. You'll leave with a deeper understanding of ACEs, healing-centered engagement, and how creative expression buffers the impact of stress and adversity on kids' brains and bodies.

Workshop attendees will get a downloadable packet with a selection of activities, guidance, and program crosswalks from each of our age-specific curriculums that can be utilized in their programs.

How to prepare for this session: We will be leading participatory activities using markers, varying colors of construction paper, drawing/printer paper, and glue during the session. Please gather supplies before the session if possible. Having the materials on hand will give you the opportunity to experience creative expression and do some self-care as well as experience what it is like to be a kid or youth doing an activity and be prepared to lead the activity when we're done.

If you do not have access to these materials, we will provide adaptations for just using markers and paper.

Speakers
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Jessica Ryan

Speech & Language Pathologist Early Intervention, Childhaven
Jessica Ryan is a Speech Therapist on Childhaven’s ESIT Team. After working in the school system, a desire to work closer with families and build upon their strengths brought her to ESIT. A passion for helping children communicate, gain social-emotional skills, and actively engage... Read More →
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Chelsey Thornton

Senior Operations Manager, Art with Heart
Chelsey leads community engagement and impact research at Art with Heart, including creative expression resource design and publications, partner support, and manages the development of training and online learning. She has an MS in Arts Administration with a focus in Community Arts... Read More →


Wednesday October 28, 2020 12:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Zoom- Meeting

12:30pm PDT

Facilitating Equity-Centered, Collaborative and Authentic Grant Proposal Design Processes

Grant writers and program evaluators can help translate a vision into a practical plan. This requires an equity-centered approach weaving together strong research, collaboration and storytelling skills. Join us to explore cases of successful proposal development supporting expanded learning and educational programs. We will:

• Practice using racial equity tools for program, budget and grant development;

• Discuss guidelines to ensure strong collaboration between internal and external partners; and

• Share planning templates that facilitate a strong design process and a smooth hand-off to implement the program after funding.

The workshop’s intended audiences are intermediate and seasoned grant writers and youth program leaders who play roles facilitating teams in proposal development.

Speakers
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Hilary Loeb

Director, Strategy, Evaluation, and Learning, Puget Sound Educational Service District
Hilary Loeb serves as Director of Strategy, Evaluation, and Learning at Puget Sound Educational Service District. Since joining the organization in 2013, she has worked to facilitate educators’ use of research and data to inform their practice and improve student learning through... Read More →
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Anna Wade

Director, Grants Administration, Puget Sound Educational Service District
Anna Wade is the Grants Director for Puget Sound Educational Service District. In this role, Anna directs, plans and coordinates pre- and post-award grant activities while developing advancement structures agency-wide. Anna has worked in schools, museums, and other educational institutions... Read More →


Wednesday October 28, 2020 12:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Zoom- Meeting

12:30pm PDT

Kid-Safe Workplace — ‘Red Flags’ and Warning Signs in Adults

An informed staff is a safer staff. When you and your staff know what to watch out for in other adults, and are empowered to talk about it, everyone is safer.

YOU WILL LEARN:
  • Current statistics on child sexual abuse including who abuses, how often it’s unreported and how often children tell the truth about abuse
  • Grooming behaviors in adults
  • Clear “red flag” behaviors
  • Scripts and tips for talking to a co-worker about their concerning behavior
  • General tips for creating a safer workplace

Speakers
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Amy Lang

Sexuality Educator, Birds & Bees & Kids
Nationally known sexuality educator, speaker and author Amy Lang, MA helps professionals who work with children and teens discover talking to kids about sexuality, their bodies and safety doesn’t have to be scary or overwhelming. Her engaging, humorous and inspiring style shows... Read More →


Wednesday October 28, 2020 12:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Zoom- Meeting
 
Thursday, October 29
 

9:00am PDT

Advocacy in the Time of COVID

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.

Moderators
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David Beard

Policy & Advocacy Director, School’s Out Washington
David Beard is the Policy and Advocacy Director and Washington Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) Network Lead for School’s Out Washington. In this role he leads efforts to increase child and youth access to high-quality ELOs after school and in the summer. Throughout his career... Read More →

Speakers
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Angela Griffin

Executive Director, Launch
As the new Executive Director of Launch, Angela has used her skills and experience to guide the organization through the pandemic. With her direction and the support of incredible colleagues, Launch has emerged as a leader in advocating for policies, practices and resources to sustain... Read More →
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Jeannie Nist

Associate Director, Communities In Schools of Washington
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

9:00am PDT

Designing for Equity and Impact: Quality Improvement Systems in the Times of COVID-19 and Beyond

A global pandemic, social unrest, and challenging fiscal environments have required shifts in the way we work, prioritize strategies for change, and take action in support of young people. Amidst this climate, what is the role of continuous quality improvement and how might quality improvement systems need to adapt to ensure young people still have access to high quality experiences? In this session, we’ll reflect on lessons learned from this past year, including the challenges of trying to quickly transition and provide supports to families and youth across disparate systems. We’ll share how networks across the country have adapted continuous quality improvement supports to meet these unprecedented times, including changes in data collection processes and ongoing professional development, and we’ll explore new approaches to promote more responsive and equitable quality systems for the future.

Speakers
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Sheely Mauck

Statewide Quality Education Director, School's Out Washington
For over 10 years, Sheely has served as a program quality coach, assessor, and trainer for School’s Out Washington. Sheely now serves as their Statewide Quality Education Director to support high-quality ELO programs across the age continuum and is a liaison to the Weikart Center... Read More →
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Jennifer Harris

Senior Manager, David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality, Forum for Youth Investment
Jennifer Harris has 20 years’ experience in the field of out-of-school time programs.  She has worked in direct service for the Alaska Council of Camp Fire USA, served as the Special Projects Coordinator for School-Age Projects with Arkansas State University, Chair and Network... Read More →


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

9:00am PDT

Understanding and Addressing Anti-Blackness at Expanded Learning Opportunities

Expanded Learning Opportunities can be important places of youth development for Black youth. However, Black youth often experience racial inequity in ELOs because leadership and outcomes tend to uphold anti-blackness. For example, Black youth routinely experience programs that have the least funding and youth development curricula that problematizes their culture as deficient. Leaders must be able to recognize the ways that anti-blackness is occurring and shift their practices if they hope to address the youth development needs of Black youth. This presentation will discuss the concept of anti-blackness and discuss how it is pervasive in ELOs. Along with providing attendees tangible culturally sustaining leadership practices that might assist organizations to better center the youth development needs of black youth.

Speakers
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Ishmael Miller

Educational Researcher, University of Washington-Seattle
Ishmael Miller is a Ph.D Candidate studying Educational Policy, Organizations, and Leadership at the University of Washington-Seattle (UW). Miller has worked at several expanded Learning opportunities as a volunteer, front-line staff, program manager, advisory board member, and educational... Read More →


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

9:00am PDT

Creating a Culture of Belonging in the Online Classroom

The lived experiences of BIPOC students are often ignored in classroom settings; this issue is exacerbated in online environments. So how can we best support our BIPOC students from a distance? Aaron Norman and Maurianna Zingarelli are addressing this question every day through their roles as educators at Village Theatre KIDSTAGE, a youth education program that has pivoted to serve over 2,000 students in online programming since March. They believe the answer lies within a culture of belonging. In this session, direct service staff will gain an authentic approach to community building, brainstorm ways to make their students feel seen as individuals, and learn how to quickly adapt curriculum to meet the needs of the individual and the group - all in the online environment.

Speakers
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Maurianna Zingarelli

Education Manager and Educator, Village Theatre KIDSTAGE
Maurianna Zingarelli (she/her/hers) is an educator and activist with 12 years of creative facilitation experience. Her teaching superpower is recognizing and addressing each student’s unique experiences, backgrounds, and gifts. As the Education Manager for Village Theatre KIDSTAGE... Read More →
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Aaron Norman

Theatre Educator/Music Director at Village Theatre KIDSTAGE, Voice Teacher at Cornish College of The Arts, Performer
Aaron Norman is an educator, performer, and artist/activist. Originally from Compton California, Aaron comes from a lineage of activists and folks who care deeply for others. He received formal training from Biola Conservatory of Music and Cornish College of the Arts, and studied... Read More →


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

9:00am PDT

From Hero to Host: Co-Creating Spaces Where ALL Belong

Belonging goes beyond diversity, equity and inclusion. People can't "buy-in" to something that they were not a part of creating. In this workshop, we will move beyond "buy-in" and learn to co-create spaces of belonging, so all are seen, heard, felt and empowered to take action.

Speakers
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Jenny Hicks

Co-Creator, JVH Empower Consulting Firm
Jenny Hicks is a creative professional with extensive project experience from concept to development. Talents include human-centred facilitation, community building & organizing, brokering partnerships & resources, cultivating systems of continuous learning, Jenny is known for developing... Read More →
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Vanessa Hernandez

Co-Creator, JVH Empower Consulting Firm
Vanessa Hernandez is an innovator of resilience with a demonstrated history of working in various settings that serve youth, families and seniors. She is a strong leader with expertise in Mental Health, Community Building, Program and Project Management, Facilitation, Resource and... Read More →


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

9:00am PDT

Healing Centered Systems of Care Utilizing Principles of Transformative Justice

In this presentation we will discuss the neurobiological impacts of trauma on the brain and how ACEs, racialized, generational and historical trauma, and environment change the ways in which our bodies perceive safety.  Dysregulation of the nervous system, trauma and violence in today’s world is compounding and constant especially for our BIPOC community. This session will discuss how we can create healing centered restorative programs and classrooms that create space for the lived realities of ALL students- especially those marginalized by race, sex/gender, sexuality, ability, citizenship, and socioeconomic status. We will discuss restorative tools and practices to create a healing and safe program culture in pandemic times.

Speakers
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Anjilee Dodge

Social Worker, Independent Consultant, Reimagining Revolution & The Communities Project
Anjilee Dodge is a passionate advocate committed to innovation for systemic change. She has spent her career researching, designing and presenting equity and inclusion curriculum in diverse settings with a focus on empowerment of those marginalized by race, sex, and class. Graduating... Read More →
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Milly Arias

Founder; Co-Creater, Black Girl Co-op; The Communities Project
Milly Arias is a passionate, innovative, and creative activist of racial justice, reproductive and mental health, and youth empowerment. She is the founder of The Black Girl Co-op and Co-creator of The Communities Project where she develops and creates curricula on Conflict Normalization... Read More →


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

9:00am PDT

The Engineering Design Process: Developing Problem Solving Skills in a World Full of Challenge

Youth have always been exposed to challenges in their lives. As educators, we cannot prevent youth from experiencing problems, but we can equip youth with tools they can use to navigate and overcome these obstacles. The Engineering Design Process is the series of steps people can use to solve a problem. You will learn how to incorporate the Engineering Design Process into a fun and simple engineering challenge, and reflect on how each step can build youths’ 21st century skills to think critically, creatively, and collaboratively to overcome challenges, both in the classroom and in their lives. You will leave this session with the confidence to use the Engineering Design Process with youth in your programs.

Speakers
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Tania Dearden

STEM Program Developer, foundry10
Tania Dearden studied Engineering Science at the University of Virginia and earned her PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder. While navigating the STEM education pipeline, Tania became passionate about providing high-quality, equitable STEM experiences... Read More →
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Lindsey Childers

STEM Program Developer, foundry10
Lindsey graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering. After graduation, she moved back to her home state of Alaska to become an oil and gas engineer, working on the remote Prudhoe Bay oilfield. Through various local volunteer projects... Read More →


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

11:00am PDT

Break & Transition
Thursday October 29, 2020 11:00am - 12:30pm PDT

11:30am PDT

Cypherworx - 10/29 Exhibitor Open House
CypherWorx provides the latest in state certified online professional development training for after school professionals. In Washington, CypherWorx partnered with School's Out Washington to provide the 30-Hour Initial Training online, as well as the state approved ongoing training all online, and accessible on any device. Course completions are updated regularly with the Washington MERIT Registry, and the courses are also eligible for IACET Continuing Education Credits (CEUs). Organizations will have access to a customized learning management system (LMS) with the ability to track and manage all live and online training, along with the ability to easily create an unlimited number of custom online training courses. CypherWorx provides access to hundreds of hours of high quality online professional development courses. If you are looking for a low cost way to meet and exceed your training requirements, or if you are looking to develop a consistent professional development track with immediate access to valuable information your staff can use today, then come meet the team at CypherWorx. We would love to learn more about you and your program!

Exhibitors
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Cypherworx

Vice President and COO, CypherWorx
CypherWorx provides the latest in state certified online professional development training for after school professionals. In Washington, CypherWorx partnered with School's Out Washington to provide the 30-Hour Initial Training online, as well as the state approved ongoing training all online... Read More →


Thursday October 29, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
See Video Stream

11:30am PDT

Exhibitor Open House Hours
Explore the Exhibitor Directory to learn about the programs, services, curriculum, and other resources that our exhibitors offer to the youth development and education fields.

Meet with our Exhibitors!
  • OPEN HOUSE HOURS: Click the "Video Stream" link in their individual sessions during this open house hour. Please note that Techbridge Girls will not be available as they expected today, so we encourage you to view the handouts attached to their 10/29 Open House session description, and contact them to set up an individual appointment.
  • Note: if you would like to attend multiple sessions, please reference the 'Exhibitor Open House Directory'. Another option is to add one session to your schedule, attend it for part of the time, and then unpin a session from your schedule and choose a different session to attend. (We had a glitch that prevented this on Tuesday, but Sched has informed us it has been fixed.) 
  • SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT: Please see the Exhibitor Directory Profiles  to contact and set up an appointment. We recommend doing this if you are unable to join during the open house hours.

You can directly set up individual exhibitor appointments or connect with exhibitors during our Exhibitor 'Open House Hours' on Tuesday (1:30-2:30) and Thursday (11:30-12:30) to learn more.

Thursday October 29, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT

11:30am PDT

Girls Who Code - 10/29 Exhibitor Open House
Girls Who Code is an international nonprofit leading the movement to close the gender gap in technology. We’ve reached 500 million people through our online initiatives and 300,000 girls through our programming. Of the girls we've reached in person, half come from historically underrepresented groups in tech. We have 80,000 college-aged alumni, majoring in computer science at a rate 15 times the national average!

Our largest program, Girls Who Code Clubs, provides free curriculum and resources for 3-12th graders to learn computer science and join a growing sisterhood of girls using tech to change the world. Our interactive curriculum teaches girls coding, while also creating a culture of bravery where girls feel supported and encouraged to take risks and learn new skills. When you sign up to access our free curriculum and resources, our Clubs:

- Are 100% free
- Can be run virtually or in-person
- Include 120+ hours of flexible plug and play curriculum that feature groupbuilder activities, spotlights on inspiring women in tech, self-guided coding curriculum, and a culminating Girls Who Code Project to address a real world problem in the community
- Do not require any prior coding experience to lead a Club
- Promote a girls-supportive environment, yet students of all genders are welcome to join!

Join the movement by bringing a Girls Who Code Club to your community and signing up to start a Club using the Clubs application at girlswhocode.com/clubsapply -- whether you meet in-person or virtually!

GIVEAWAY: Enter to win exclusive Girls Who Code swag at bit.ly/SignUpGWC using the code Bridge2020!

Exhibitors
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Girls Who Code

Senior Manager, Community Partnerships & Outreach, Girls Who Code
Girls Who Code is an international nonprofit leading the movement to close the gender gap in technology. We’ve reached 500 million people through our online initiatives and 300,000 girls through our programming. Of the girls we've reached in person, half come from historically underrepresented... Read More →


Thursday October 29, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
TBA

11:30am PDT

OSPI Child Nutrition Services - 10/29 Exhibitor Open House
Child Nutrition assists school districts and other institutions in providing quality nutrition programs that promote life-long healthful living while providing nutritious meals each day that prepare children for learning.

Meal Site Finder 

Takeaway Resources: 
OSPI CNS Summer Food Service Program Webpage
- OSPI CNS Summer Meals Communication Toolkit
- USDA Summer Meals Toolkit
- Power Up for Summer Fun
- USDA Summer Meals Promotional Materials (English and Spanish)

Exhibitors
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OSPI Child Nutrition Services

Office of Superintendent of Public Instructions
Child Nutrition assists school districts and other institutions in providing quality nutrition programs that promote life-long healthful living while providing nutritious meals each day that prepare children for learning.Meal Site Finder Takeaway Resources: - OSPI CNS Summer F... Read More →


Thursday October 29, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Video Stream

11:30am PDT

SeaDoc Society - 10/29 Exhibitor Open House
SeaDoc Society is a flagship program of the UC Davis One Health Institute's Wildlife Health Center. We work to ensure the health of wildlife and their ecosystems throughout the Salish Sea. This work has a deep purpose in building environmental equity for people disproportionately affected by ecosystem degradation, air and water pollution, and climate change. SeaDoc Education works with schools to raise every one of the next generation with an understanding of science, respect for traditional ecological knowledge, and a solid ocean ethic to promote sustainable communities.

Takeaway Resources: www.juniorseadoctors.org

Exhibitors
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SeaDoc Society

Education Coordinator, SeaDoc Society
SeaDoc Society is a flagship program of the UC Davis One Health Institute's Wildlife Health Center. We work to ensure the health of wildlife and their ecosystems throughout the Salish Sea. This work has a deep purpose in building environmental equity for people disproportionately... Read More →


Thursday October 29, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Video Stream

11:30am PDT

STEMfinity - 10/29 Exhibitor Open House
STEMfinity is a One-Stop-STEM-Shop that includes the latest, vetted STEM products and services. We have the largest selection of hands-on enrichment from the most trusted STEM brands on the planet. Our hands-on resources are targeted to PreK-12 students learning STEM, Robotics, 3D Printing, Drone Technology, AR/VR/AI, Art, Computer Science, Rocketry and Beyond. STEMfinity provides Customized STEM Solutions for At-home Learning, Afterschool, Makerspace, and Summer Enrichment Programs. Join STEMfinity in its effort to provide today’s youth with hands-on tools that will STEMulate Your Mind!

Takeaway Resources:
Free STEM Education Resources

Exhibitors
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STEMfinity

STEMfinity is a One-Stop-STEM-Shop that includes the latest, vetted STEM products and services. We have the largest selection of hands-on enrichment from the most trusted STEM brands on the planet. Our hands-on resources are targeted to PreK-12 students learning STEM, Robotics, 3D Printing... Read More →


Thursday October 29, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
See Video Stream

11:30am PDT

Techbridge Girls - 10/29 Exhibitor Open House [View Updated Note in Session Description]
Attendees: Techbridge Girls will not be holding Open House hours on Thursday, as they had initially hoped. Please take some time today to review the handouts attached here and we strongly encourage you to take a moment to schedule an individual appointment using the contact information below.
Exhibitor Directory:
  • Contact Name: Brittiany Jones
  • Email: bjones@techbridgegirls.org  
  • Phone:  347-770-1320

Launched in 2000 at the Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland, California, with a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Techbridge Girls (TBG) was one of the earliest organizations to focus on introducing girls and marginalized communities to the STEM fields. After a decade of exemplary outcomes, TBG won another prestigious NSF grant to scale our after-school programs nationally. Techbridge Girls launched in San Jose in 2011, then in Greater Seattle in 2014, and in Washington, D.C. in 2015. Our after-school programs in California, the Pacific Northwest, and Washington, D.C. regions have reached over 70,000 youth, including over 7,000 girls directly engaged in our after-school and summer programs, and over 60,000 boys and girls engaged through partnerships with youth-serving groups like Girl Scouts; Boys & Girls Clubs; YMCA; Society of Women Engineers; San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and Families; and others.

Exhibitors
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Techbridge Girls

Launched in 2000 at the Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland, California, with a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Techbridge Girls (TBG) was one of the earliest organizations to focus on introducing girls and marginalized communities to the STEM fields. After a decade of exemplary outcomes, TBG won another prestigious NSF grant to scale our after-school programs nationally. Techbridge Girls launched in San Jo... Read More →


Thursday October 29, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT

11:30am PDT

Washington Youth Academy - 10/29 Exhibitor Open House
The Washington Youth Academy is a National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program. Established under authority of both federal and state law, the WYA is a state-run residential and post-residential intervention for youth who have dropped out of high school or are at risk of dropping out. The Washington Youth Academy is a quasi-military training and mentoring program for at-risk youth. The goal of the program is to give youth a second chance to become responsible and productive citizens by helping them improve their life skills, education levels, and employment potential. The program incorporates a highly structured format, with an emphasis on student discipline and personal responsibility to provide a positive, safe and secure learning environment. Program graduates can recover up to 8.0 credits (approximately 1.3 years of high school credits). Credits are approved by OSPI and taught by certificated teachers. The goal is to return graduates to their home high school to graduate on time with their peers.

Exhibitors
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Washington Youth Academy

Coordinator, Washington Youth Academy
The Washington Youth Academy is a National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program. Established under authority of both federal and state law, the WYA is a state-run residential and post-residential intervention for youth who have dropped out of high school or are at risk of dropping out. The... Read More →


Thursday October 29, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
See Video Stream

12:30pm PDT

Radical Collaboration: Integrating SEL & Equity Driven Practices at Scale

California has a unique ecosystem of support for its 4,500 expanded learning programs. Five statewide intermediaries were catalyzed into collaborative action by the California Department of Education and the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation in 2015 to promote SEL and quality programming across CA. Over the last year and a half, the nation and our field has been calling for the inclusion of equity in SEL. Both the CDE and the Bechtel Foundation heard and responded to the call. Our collaborative also responded. We understood that we needed to answer with one collective voice, with integrity and that would take time. Join us to learn (as we are learning!) about how our 5 separate organizations are moving from shared commitment to radical collaboration. A collaboration that puts equity at the heart of quality.

This session is part of the Systems Leader Cohort pathway.

Speakers
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Alexis Llamas

Associate Program Officer, S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation
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Rebecca Goldberg

Senior Program Officer, S.D. Bechtel Foundation
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Tiffany Gipson

Program Director, Quality Initiatives, California AfterSchool Network
Tiffany Gipson is the Program Director for Equity and Quality Initiatives with the California AfterSchool Network (CAN). She started with CAN as a member of the Leadership Team and quickly transitioned to a staff position in August 2017. Before becoming a part of the CAN Team, Tiffany... Read More →
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Zakir McKenzie Parpia

Director of Programs, California School-Age Consortium (CalSAC)
Zakir McKenzie Parpia (Zak) found his way to youth development via youth athletics. He is passionate about supporting and developing high quality youth development professionals and programs. As the Director of Programs at CalSAC, Zak works on Leadership programming, the CalSAC Trainer... Read More →
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Stacey Daraio

Co-Director, Temescal Associates/HKL Foundation
Opening up spaces where multiple perspectives, divergent points of view and orientations are supported and encouraged are just a few of the reasons Stacey stays motivated to work in youth development. Of the many roles she has inhabited: organizational leader; program developer and... Read More →


Thursday October 29, 2020 12:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Zoom- Meeting

12:30pm PDT

Anti-Blackness in Sex Education

As educators and youth advocates we must do the work of identifying anti-blackness within sex education & sexual health and it’s impacts on black youth. Our hope is that after the workshop attendees feel better equipped to recognize, reflect on, and interrupt anti-blackness within topics related to sexual health. We’ll explore what factors impact sexual health outcomes for black youth and reflect on, gather, and share strategies and tools that we can use in our work. This will happen as we review statistics, videos, and quotes with ample time for discussion and reflection. This is an opportunity to deepen or add to your process and understanding of uprooting white supremacy in our work.

Speakers
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Passia Abraham

Community Outreach Educator, Planned Parenthood
Passia (she/they) is a PNW native born and raised in Tacoma, Washington. Passia graduated from The Evergreen State College in 2020 where her scholarship was focused on social justice, African American studies, and gender, women, and sexuality studies. As a Community Outreach Educator... Read More →
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Emily Aytes

Educator Trainer, Planned Parenthood
Emily Aytes (she/they pronouns) is a community outreach educator with Planned Parenthood in Indiana state. As an educator, her role includes offering comprehensive, inclusive, and medically accurate sexual health information to her local community and beyond. The majority of her work... Read More →
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Forever Moon

Community Outreach Educator, Planned Parenthood
Forever Moon (they/them) has been engaging in some type of sex ed work since they were seventeen and now works in Olympia, Washington are a sex educator. They are passionate about working with and empowering youth and their committed to doing work that is rooted in social justice... Read More →


Thursday October 29, 2020 12:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Zoom- Meeting

12:30pm PDT

Heal the Soil, Heal the Root: Healing Centered Engagement as a Tool for Transformation

Via a combination of presentation, activity, and reflection we will explore healing centered engagement and how embracing it can lead to transformation and liberation. In the process we will enhance skills that nourish the creation of healthy space for all youth and young people. We will explore how this can aid in engaging in power with and tapping into power within. Leaders in all capacities new to healing centered engagement, join us as we (re)imagine healing the soil, healing the root.

Speakers
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LaKesha Kimbrough

Washington Middle School Site Manager, Seattle University
LaKesha’s experience working with children, youth, and families spans nearly 20 years and includes currently serving as the Washington Middle School Site Manager for Seattle University’s Center for Community Engagement. She has worked as a Program Manager, Education Coordinator... Read More →


Thursday October 29, 2020 12:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Zoom- Meeting

12:30pm PDT

Healing-Focused Discipline: an Anti-biased, Trauma-focused Approach to Children's Behaviors

Seeking compliance from children automatically puts adults into an unwelcoming role. Come learn how to invite cooperation instead. Traditional behavior modification techniques like time-outs, withholding privileges, and even reward systems typically put a strain on the adult-child relationship and push children deeper into stress and anxiety, often creating more of the challenging behaviors they were meant to resolve! Learn why frustrating behaviors are actually children's way of trying to heal their stress, how helping children heal stress reduces these behaviors, and strategies for using conflicts to teach mutually respectful, connected, and more effective ways to heal.

Speakers
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Betty Peralta

Adult-Child Interactions Specialist, Alta: Alternative Learning & Therapeutic Avenues
Betty Peralta, MIT, MS-MHC, IMH-E® (III) trains on an anti-bias, trauma-healing, neurodevelopmental approach to children's behaviors. She has a Masters In Teaching from Seattle University and taught for 14 years; seven in Seattle Schools and seven overseas in The Dominican Republic... Read More →


Thursday October 29, 2020 12:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Zoom- Meeting

12:30pm PDT

School-Community Partnerships for Students: Better Together

It will take a community effort to meet the learning needs of our K-12 students during the COVID-19 pandemic. The solutions to keep kids engaged normally are not going to be enough. Given the injustices against black, indigenous, and students of color; racial equity must be a central component to solutions along with health and safety, which means doing things differently and working with partners that are of the communities in which students live and with caring adults and peers they trust. This session will focus on school and community-based partnerships that were created or are developing during the pandemic to support academic and social-emotional learning, keep kids safe, and help parents work.

Moderators
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David Beard

Policy & Advocacy Director, School’s Out Washington
David Beard is the Policy and Advocacy Director and Washington Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) Network Lead for School’s Out Washington. In this role he leads efforts to increase child and youth access to high-quality ELOs after school and in the summer. Throughout his career... Read More →

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Kristi Dominguez

Executive Director, Teaching and Learning, Bellingham Public Schools
Kristi Dominguez, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning in Bellingham Public Schools, has been invested in the early learning community for the past 30 years.  She has served as an early learning consultant in both Washington and Oregon, coauthored Washington State's Full Day... Read More →
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Shannon Millican

After School & Camp Program Director, Whatcom Family YMCA
I have been working in the after school industry since 1995 beginning as a YMCA summer camp counselor and after school assistant. During college, I worked for 2 YMCA's in Colorado as a Camp Director and Site Director. In 2003, I started as the After School and Camp Director for the... Read More →
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Beth Wyant

Education Program Manager, Yakima Valley Farmworkers Clinic


Thursday October 29, 2020 12:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Zoom- Meeting

12:30pm PDT

Sensory Foundations and the Power of Movement

Sensory Foundations is to provide a deeper understanding of the sensory systems and how they affect our behavior, daily activities, and learning in school, at home, and in life. Learning outcomes include:

  • The impact of sensory processing on behavior.
  • Modifications for the home/school environment.
  • Accommodations to provide the child.
  • Sensory strategies to use to assist with bringing a child to a ready-to-learn state.

The Power of Movement focuses on the motor difficulties associated with ASD, SPD, ADHD, and other neuro-diversities and the importance of posture and movement in the classroom and at home and how it relates to behavior. Learning outcomes include:

  • The impact of movement in development, behavior, and learning.
  • Specific activities to incorporate at school or home.
  • Ways to incorporate movement at home and in the classroom.

Speakers
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Matt Sloan

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, Sensory Fitness
After teaching special education for 13 years as both a classroom and adaptive PE teacher, I became an occupational therapy assistant specializing in sensory integration therapy. Combing my years of experience as a fitness trainer and coach I am bringing my experience back into the... Read More →


Thursday October 29, 2020 12:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Zoom- Meeting

12:30pm PDT

Virtual Facilitation Bootcamp

Transition your meetings and workshops to a virtual space! If your meetings, classes, and events have been moved online, this session will help!

We hope to answer questions like,
  • “How do I run collaborative processes like brainstorming, action planning, and team building?"
  • “How do I ensure fully inclusive participation that engages quiet participants and keeps people from talking over each other, ‘checking out’ or multitasking?”
  • “How do I foster a connected, relational and high-energy atmosphere online?”
  • “How do I do all this with a group who’s not very tech savvy? (And what if I’M not very tech savvy?)”
  • “Which tools and software could support me in doing all this?”

This session will focus on:
  • How to translate in-person processes and facilitation skills to online spaces
  • Simple tools to support a range of activities
  • Best practices, tips, and resources for online engagement

Workshop Details
We look forward to having you join us for the Virtual Facilitation Bootcamp! You are encouraged to join the session a few minutes early to get settled in.

This workshop will take place using Zoom and Google Slides. It is best if you can join the workshop from a desktop or laptop computer and set your screen up as demonstrated in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GrTSRNpamkg&feature=youtu.be

If you have never used Zoom before, here is a quick video to show you some of the features we’ll be using: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYHlN8zVA24&t=37s

SLIDES: Click here to have your own copy of the slide deck Virtual Facilitation Bootcamp - SOWA - 10-29-2020

Speakers
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Eva Jo Meyers

Facilitator, Spark Decks
Eva is the author of “Raise the Room: A practical guide to participant-centered facilitation,” and is the co-founder of Spark Decks. She helped create the Virtual Facilitation Bootcamp to support leaders in improving equity, inclusion, and engagement during online meetings, workshops... Read More →
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Oscar Wolters-Duran

Facilitator, Spark Decks
For the past ten years I’ve had the privilege of meeting thousands of afterschool professionals throughout the country, as a trainer and coach in the areas of literacy development, classroom management, program assessment, and project-based learning. I’ve learned that after school... Read More →


Thursday October 29, 2020 12:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Zoom- Meeting
 
Friday, October 30
 

9:00am PDT

Closing Plenary with Keynote Speaker Shontina Vernon

Attendees: If you are asked for a passcode as you enter the webinar, please use this code: 512978

Writer/filmmaker/theatre artist, Shontina Vernon, works using film, multimedia, music, and performance to explore black cultural histories and subjectivities, intergenerational legacies around trauma, and queer identity. She is a 2020 Art for Justice Grantee, a Creative Capital Awardee, and a Robert Rauschenberg Artist as Activist Fellow. Vernon, who serves as Lead Producer of the Visionary Justice StoryLab, will draw from her early experiences with the criminal justice system to illuminate the necessity of liberatory storytelling frameworks that creatively engage young people and their communities in disrupting narratives of erasure.

Speakers
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Shontina Vernon

Writer/filmmaker/theatre artist, Shontina Vernon, works using film, multimedia, music, and performance to explore black cultural histories and subjectivities, intergenerational legacies around trauma, and queer identity. She is a 2020 Art for Justice Grantee, a Creative Capital Awardee... Read More →
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Lisa Callan

Washington State Representative, Washington House of Representatives
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David Beard

Policy & Advocacy Director, School’s Out Washington
David Beard is the Policy and Advocacy Director and Washington Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) Network Lead for School’s Out Washington. In this role he leads efforts to increase child and youth access to high-quality ELOs after school and in the summer. Throughout his career... Read More →


Friday October 30, 2020 9:00am - 10:30am PDT
Zoom- Webinar

10:30am PDT

Break & Transition
Friday October 30, 2020 10:30am - 11:00am PDT

11:00am PDT

Cultivating Connections

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? 


Speakers
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Janell Jordan

King County Program Manager, School's Out Washington
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

11:00am PDT

Cultivating Connections for Systems Leader Cohort: Moving Forward and Reaping the Harvest

As we sow the seeds to create more equitable and sustainable ELO systems, join us in this session to collectively create a vision for re-imagined ways of showing up as leaders and as partners in this work. We will create space to reflect on the learnings from the speakers and sessions of the Systems Leaders Cohort. Come share the steps and actions you hope to take to advance your work.

This session is designated for individuals who are committed to participate in the Conference via the Systems Leader Cohort pathway. This session is designed to nourish social connection and facilitate networking for Systems Leaders in our virtual Conference space.


Speakers
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Jimena Quiroga Hopkins

Founder and Principal, Thrive Paradigm
Jimena Quiroga Hopkins is the Founder and Principal of Thrive Paradigm, a national education consulting firm. For almost 20 years, she has been supporting the youth development field in efforts to build staff capacity and improve program quality as a field researcher, technical assistance... Read More →


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