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Monday, October 29
 

7:45am

9:00am

Rocksteady: Youth Workers for Youth Voice
​​​​During these perilous and times, youth workers must be exceptionally qualified and passionate space makers for youth voice and choice. In her animated storytelling fashion, Sandra Jackson-Dumont will speak to ways that creativity, innovation and self care are central to supporting young people.

Speakers
avatar for Sandra Jackson-Dumont

Sandra Jackson-Dumont

Frederick P. & Sandra P. Rose Chairman of Education, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Sandra Jackson-Dumont is the Frederick P. and Sandra P. Rose Chairman of Education at the Metropolitan Museum of Art— the largest museum in the western hemisphere. Jackson-Dumont is responsible for the vision and management of education, public programs, the live arts/performance... Read More →


Monday October 29, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Grand Ballroom

10:15am

Prickly Issues: Art as an Entry Point for Current Events Dialogue
Rapidly changing and increasingly polarizing social issues dominate the news today. Learn how contemporary art can act as a catalyst for student dialogue about these issues in your classroom. Participants in the workshop will investigate a work of art and its statements about current events, then learn how to facilitate a similar dialogue in their programs. These discussions provide space for all youth to express their ideas and feelings about current events, with room to explore a variety of perspectives.

Speakers
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Mac Buff

Manager of Family and Elementary Initiatives, Tacoma Art Museum
Mac Buff is the Manager of Family and Elementary Initiatives at Tacoma Art Museum. Mac received an M.Ed. in Elementary Education from the University of California-San Diego and is a certified elementary and English Language Arts teacher. Mac has a decade of experience in museum education... Read More →



Monday October 29, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
Bellevue 2

10:15am

College Pathways Beyond the Bell
This interactive session engages participants in activities that promote and personalize college and career pathways. Participants will learn strategies to work with youth to develop exploratory educational experiences that activate youth voice and interests. Participants will learn youth-centered strategies that promote goal oriented planning with young people. Participants will work with peers on tools from the Beyond the Bell Toolkit to engage youth in social and emotional learning activities that explore youth interests, co-construct action steps, and track progress.

Speakers
avatar for Fausto Lopez

Fausto Lopez

Senior Ta Consultant, American Institutes for Research
Fausto A. López is a bilingual, Spanish speaking, technical assistance consultant working on youth and educational initiatives at AIR. He provides technical assistance, training, and professional development to diverse audiences across educational sectors. López works with educational... Read More →
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Jaime Singer

Senior TA Consultant, American Institutes for Research
Jaime S. Singer is a senior technical assistance consultant at AIR, where she works on projects for afterschool and expanded learning programs. She designs and implements state and national learning opportunities for the field of afterschool, provides technical assistance to afterschool... Read More →


Monday October 29, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
Grand 7

10:15am

Leveraging Stories to Better Serve Students
We will explore our own stories, and the role our stories play in helping us build connections with students in order to empower them to become the best versions of themselves.

Speakers
avatar for Erin Jones

Erin Jones

Education and Systems Consultant, Erin Jones LLC
Erin Jones has been involved in and around schools for the past 26 years. She has taught in a variety of environments, from predominantly Black to predominantly White to some of the most diverse communities in the nation. Erin received an award as the Most Innovative Foreign Language... Read More →


Monday October 29, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
Lake Washington Ballroom I

10:15am

Situational Leadership and Meeting Agendas
I don’t want to go to a meeting that doesn’t have an agenda, or if there is one please be clear and efficient. Is that what your staff think…sometimes about your meetings? We will cover many tools and tips to making agendas. But what does leadership have to do with agendas? We will look at situational leadership and how mastery of the areas can be used in planning agenda’s and running inspiring meetings. Come learn how the way we choose to lead can increase your team’s effectiveness and buy in. Bring a past meeting agenda. We will run a short activity using the different leadership styles, learn from it, and then take learning to your next meeting agenda. Come play, think, and plan for the future.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Brandt

Brian Brandt

Associate Professor, Washington State University
Brian Brandt, Associate Professor at Washington State University (WSU), has over 30+ years’ experience supporting youth programs through engaging experiential education, but still has the heart of a child. Play is powerful and at the heart of his work with training of volunteers... Read More →
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Dan Teuteberg

Associate Professor, Washington State University Extension
Dan Teuteberg has 15 years of teaching/outdoor education experience ranging from classroom teaching to adventure programming. He has created family focused adventure programs including rock climbing, backpacking, and canoe trips as well STEM focused afterschool programs in Wisconsin... Read More →


Monday October 29, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
Lake Washington Ballroom II

10:15am

Exploring the Ingredients of Continuous Quality Improvement Systems to Support Social Emotional Learning
This session will explore the key considerations and components for Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Systems that work to promote young people's experiences and Social and Emotional Learning. The session will identify important elements of CQI systems and provide examples for how they might look in practice. The session will also present real world recipes from Weikart Center partners.

Speakers
avatar for Kiley Bednar

Kiley Bednar

Portfolio Manager, Weikart Center
Kiley helps people who work with youth do that work better. At the Weikart Center, she provides technical assistance to clients across the country, including clients with a focus on social emotional learning. Previously, she oversaw the Forum for Youth Investment’s training programs... Read More →



Monday October 29, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
Bellevue 1

10:15am

Building Staff Skills Through Computational Thinking & Youth Voice
Through the building of youth computational thinking (CT) literacies, out of school time organizations have the opportunity to provide young people with the chance to co-design and co-implement learning activities. These activities can be facilitated for young people's peers as well as for organizational staff. In this session participants will learn how to build CT learning experiences that harness the interests of youth, build staff skills, and support local community needs.


Speakers
avatar for Linda Braun

Linda Braun

Learning Consultant, LEO/YALSA
Linda W. Braun is a Learning Consultant with LEO. She works with educational institutions across the United States to design and deliver quality learning experiences for youth, families and professional staff. She manages large-scale projects Future Ready with the Library and Transforming... Read More →
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Juan Rubio

Digital Media and Learning Program Manager, Seattle Public Library
Juan Rubio designs, develops, and manages educational technology programs with digital media, such as games, interactive storytelling, and augmented reality narratives. He is the Digital Media and Learning Program Manager at the Seattle Public Library (SPL) and the author of the chapter... Read More →



Monday October 29, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
Baker

10:15am

Giving Youth an Equal Voice: Youth Empowerment as a Strategy to Change
Youth Empowerment is key to help youth shape decisions about their future and the community in which they live. Come learn about strategies that engage youth in a positive way and address their needs in a culturally competent manner. During the session you will learn: How to engage youth in a way that is reflective of who they are — learning to work with African and African American males 12-24; How to give voice to youth to build their leadership to help solve community problems and make a positive impact in the community which they live; Engaging youth to take the lead in their education and help set a path for success.

Speakers
avatar for Jeniffer Calleja

Jeniffer Calleja

Community Builder, Seattle Housing Authority
Jeniffer Calleja is a Community Builder with the Seattle Housing Authority. She has worked with immigrant and refugee populations in the Seattle area for over 10 years. She currently serves as a member of the Seattle Park District Oversight Committee and the City of Seattle Immigrant... Read More →
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Ty Edwards

Youth Engagement Specialist, Seattle Housing Authority
Ty Edwards serves as the Youth Engagement Specialist for Seattle Housing Authority. His role is to connect children, youth and families to programming and service providers that will help them meet educational and social/emotional needs. A particular focus is placed on supporting... Read More →
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Saadia Hamid

Education Engagement Specialist, Seattle Housing Authority
Saadia Hamid currently serves as Education Engagement Specialist for Seattle Housing Authority. In her current position, she works with families, students and schools to support community navigate the educational system. Her assignments include a wide range of tasks such as developing... Read More →
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Maria Ursua

Supportive Services Coordinator, Seattle Housing Authority
Maria Ursua is an avid advocate for race and social justice issues; she has been participating in many conversations at the community and government level about racial equity. Ms. Ursua currently works at the Seattle Housing Authority as a Supportive Services Coodinator, managing... Read More →



Monday October 29, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
Grand 1

10:15am

Honoring Youth Voice: How to Create a Youth Driven Culture by Employing Principals of Restorative Justice
This session will explore how providers can increase youth's autonomy, accountability, and self reliance all while managing behaviors through the implementation of restorative justice practices. We will discuss how to create a program/classroom culture that allows youth to maximize their leadership potential, and lean into their strengths through self expression and choice. We will explore Behavior Management systems and Restorative Justice tools that center youth's voice and participation all while focusing on the ultimate goal of youth empowerment and self regulation.

Speakers
avatar for Anjilee Dodge

Anjilee Dodge

Director of Operations, Organization for Prostitution Survivors
Anjilee Dodge is a passionate advocate for marginalized youth. Before coming back to YouthCare in October of 2016, Anjilee graduated with her Master in Social Work from the University of Washington where she focused her studies on sex and gender based violence specifically the sexual... Read More →


Monday October 29, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
Rainier

10:15am

Partners in Change: Tools for Collaborative Leadership, Allyship and Organizational Equity
Co-Executive Directors Victoria Santos and Rose Edwards will engage participants in community building activities that explore methods for forming authentic relationships across difference. Building on their 9+ years of co-leadership work at Young Women Empowered, participants will walk away with activities that they can utilize to engage young people and adult allies who work with youth in discussions and projects about racial, gender, and economic justice. This workshop will include positive risk taking, personal story sharing, creative expression, and small group discussions that will support all the participants in their personal and professional development.

Speakers
avatar for Rose Edwards

Rose Edwards

Co-Executive Director, Young Women Empowered
Jamie-Rose is passionate about empowering young women as community leaders and building positive relationships between women of differing backgrounds and generations. Inspired by their new-born daughter Amirra, Jamie-Rose envisioned and initiated the pilot program in 2010 that eventually... Read More →
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Victoria Santos

Co-Executive Director, Young Women Empowered
Victoria Santos has a passion for inclusive, sustainable community and creative approaches to learning and growth. Born in the Dominican Republic, Victoria immigrated to the U.S. at age 11. She is a certified mental health counselor and certified Kripalu yoga teacher. Victoria’s... Read More →


Monday October 29, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
Renton Club

10:15am

Power and Privilege: Decolonizing Youth Voice
This session will help participants explore how to elevate youth voice and leadership by providing insight into the various ways in which the voices of Youth of Color are often silenced or minimized. This workshop will help participants gain skills and tools to recognize when and how this happens, as well as how to alter this type of action. By engaging in this workshop, participants will explore how to elevate youth voice and leadership by assuring that all youth voice is heard and valued.

Speakers
avatar for LaKesha Kimbrough

LaKesha Kimbrough

Washington Middle School Success Coordinator, Seattle University
LaKesha’s background and experience in working with children, youth and families spans nearly twenty years and includes serving as an Education Coordinator at a childcare facility, a preschool teacher, milieu counselor in a group home, an education advocate, and a literacy specialist... Read More →
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Ben Wheeler

Community Builder, Seattle Housing Authority
Ben Wheeler serves as the Seattle Housing Authority's Yesler Terrace Community Builder. Each week he collaborates with neighbors to increase self-sufficiency, leadership and community capacity by building upon the shared strengths and community relationships. The past nine years Ben... Read More →



Monday October 29, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
West Seattle

10:15am

Survey Hell to Survey Heaven
Nearly every mission-driven organization uses surveys in some way, whether to understand client needs, to poll staff satisfaction, or to understand community needs. Yet too often surveys don't yield quite the information we need, or take a long time to analyze, or yield answers that are hard to interpret. In this session, a seasoned program evaluator will share her three go-to tips to improve any survey. These easy-to-implement tips will improve the quality of program surveys, and create an opportunity for youth to better express their needs and opinions about the quality of their out of school time programs. Surveys can provide youth “a seat at the table” in the implementation of quality improvement across programs.

Speakers
avatar for Corey Newhouse

Corey Newhouse

Founder and Principal of Public Profit, Public Profit
Corey Newhouse is the Founder and Principal of Public Profit. Corey is responsible for the overall design of all of Public Profit’s evaluation studies, including developing logic models or theories of change, data collection tools, and analysis and reporting plans. She loves helping... Read More →
avatar for Hannah Pickar

Hannah Pickar

Research Assistant, Public Profit
Hannah Pickar is a Research Assistant at Public Profit. She is responsible for data management and analyses. She also provides administrative support for her projects, including scheduling, preparing materials for, and co-facilitating meetings and trainings.Hannah works closely on... Read More →



Monday October 29, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
Seattle

10:15am

Youth Voice in Building a Citywide OST System
What do youth want from a citywide OST system? What factors would encourage youth — especially older youth — to participate in afterschool and summer programming? Those are questions that a newly-formed District of Columbia Mayor’s Commission on OST Grants and Youth Outcomes set out to explore: to inform the Learn24 network, support equitable access to high-quality OST programs through coordination among government agencies, target grant-making, data collection, evaluation, and the provision of training, capacity building and technical assistance. We will share the Learn24 needs assessment youth survey. Participants will discuss lessons learned, and consider application to their own systems, including: what are approaches and challenges to obtaining authentic, representative youth voice? How can youth voice be used in driving systems-level decisions?

Speakers
avatar for Christina Russell

Christina Russell

Managing Director, Policy Studies Associates
Christina Russell leads program evaluation and capacity-building projects for youth-serving organizations in her role as Managing Director at Policy Studies Associates (PSA), a research and evaluation firm based in Washington, DC. Christina frequently works with nonprofit and governmental... Read More →
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Jeremy Welsh-Loveman

Data Analyst, Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education
Jeremy Welsh-Loveman is a data analyst in the District of Columbia’s Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education. Jeremy’s work focuses on using program, assessment and educational attainment data to support OST programs... Read More →



Monday October 29, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
Adams

11:45am

Aliyah Cook Keynote & Lunch
Speakers
avatar for Aliyah Cook

Aliyah Cook

Eight years ago, when she was 8 years old, Aliyah Cook of Centennial, Colorado, asked a question to her mother, “Why have I been in this school district for 4 years, yet have never had a teacher of color?” Her mom simply replied, “I do not know, why don’t you write a letter... Read More →


Monday October 29, 2018 11:45am - 1:00pm
Grand Ballroom

1:15pm

Youth Empowerment in College Access
Seattle Education Access (SEA) is the only nonprofit in Washington state working with students on non-traditional pathways with their journey to a college degree. This session will explore an overview of SEA's work, how to balance youth autonomy and voice with program engagement, and the impacts of this model.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Corey

Jeff Corey

Program Director, Seattle Education Access
Jeff has been working for non-profit organizations in Seattle for over 15 years. Prior to SEA, Jeff worked with the Street Outreach Service’s Syringe Exchange program and the Capitol Hill Homeless Youth Case Management Program. Jeff is a co-founder of the People’s Harm Reduction... Read More →
avatar for Dulce Siguenza

Dulce Siguenza

Development Manager, Seattle Education Access
Dulce focuses on coordinating and managing SEA’s fundraising events. Prior to SEA, Dulce worked with middle, high, and college students for five years. Most recently, she worked at Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. Dulce is an immigrant herself and is passionate about advocating... Read More →



Monday October 29, 2018 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Rainier

1:15pm

Explore Resources & Data that Support School-Age Child Care with the National Center on Afterschool & Summer Enrichment
The National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) is excited to showcase a collection of resources, including the first ever series of national and state/territory data profiles with information about school-age children served through the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF). The profiles present a detailed picture of how federal investments and state policies can support the needs of school-age children, who represent nearly half of all children served through CCDF subsidies. In addition to learning more about the profiles, attendees will have an opportunity to explore a consumer education toolkit on the health and development of school-age children and engagement efforts with their parents and families and interact with our OST Resource Library

Speakers
avatar for Kate Goddard

Kate Goddard

Associate Project Director, Education Development Center
Kate Goddard specializes in designing, implementing, and supporting the continuous improvement of technology- and media-based out-of-school time (OST) programs. Building on her experiences as a practitioner, she puts youth development at the center of her work, designing and supporting... Read More →



Monday October 29, 2018 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Adams

1:15pm

Inspiring English Learners with Project-Based Literacy Activities
Literacy can be a challenge for any student, but English Learners face the additional challenge of working with a new and unfamiliar language — then being tested on their proficiency. This interactive session will demonstrate how wordless images provide a nonthreatening opportunity for ELs to discover their voice and use creativity as a tool for communication. Learn how to employ a disguised learning, project-based methodology that allows for limitless scaffolding to meet the needs of ELs at every level of proficiency.

Speakers
avatar for Meredith Scott Lynn

Meredith Scott Lynn

Founder and CEO, WRiTE BRAiN BOOKS
Meredith Scott Lynn, an award-winning storyteller and recognized film and television actress, understands the value of stories and self-expression. As Founder of WRiTE BRAiN BOOKS, her mission is to foster self-esteem in young people and offer inspired curricula that help kids of... Read More →


Monday October 29, 2018 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Grand 7

1:15pm

Tailoring Your Program Based on Youth Development Trends
During this workshop, participants will deepen their understanding of the physical, cognitive, and social-emotional developmental trends, associated with different age-groups (K-12th grade), and how these trends relate to day-to-day programming. Participants will learn how to assess activities to determine if they are developmentally appropriate for different age groups. This training includes new activities, resources, and research findings from those serving young people in schools, community centers, or affordable and public housing.

Speakers
avatar for Jenny Hicks

Jenny Hicks

Director of HousED, Partnership for Children & Youth
Jenny Hicks is the Director of HousED at the Partnership for Children and Youth (PCY). Hicks joined the PCY team in 2011 and has used her extensive background in youth development to organize, support, and assist with program startup for several public and affordable housing communities... Read More →



Monday October 29, 2018 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Seattle

1:15pm

Making Your Case: Planning & Fundraising for Success
In order to keep our programs running and positively impact youth in the ways we know best, we need to secure resources to sustain and deliver services. This session will engage participants in strategy conversations to help make the case for your program; provide tools and resources to learn how to write effective grant proposals; and share resources to prospect for funding that supports children and youth services. Come with a project idea you are currently seeking funding for, or an idea in its beginning stages, and we’ll use this time to gather ideas from our peers around how to make a compelling case and go through the steps to secure funding.

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Baer

Danielle Baer

Communications & Development Director, School's Out Washington
Danielle leads SOWA's fundraising and communications team responsible for coordinating and implementing all planned communication, marketing and resource development activities for the organization to ensure broad knowledge and understanding of our work and the role of expanded learning... Read More →


Monday October 29, 2018 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Baker

1:15pm

Empowering our Students with Voice, Choice, and Healthy Relationships
Students need opportunities to choose and contribute their voices to the learning and culture of our programs. Leading with choice and voice helps students develop critical leadership skills, build healthy relationships, develop perspectives, increase empathy, make decisions, and ownership in their learning. Discover how LA’s BEST and the Sanford Harmony SEL Program have joined together to create conditions to empower children's voices and choices, and develop healthy relationships. Learn how LA’s BEST uses a continuum to engage students in planning activities and projects. Participants will engage in Sanford Harmony routines and activities that will help diverse students connect, communicate, collaborate, and respect one another. Sanford Harmony kits and training are available for your organization for NO COST.

Speakers
avatar for Margaret Johnson

Margaret Johnson

Senior Ambassador Sanford Harmony, National University
Margaret Johnson is the Western Regional Ambassador for Sanford Harmony. She has trained over 2,000 teachers to use Harmony! MJ began her career as an after school support provider for Los Angeles Unified School District and later became an elementary teacher, Title 1 resource teacher... Read More →
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Daniel Monterroso

Daniel began working at LA’s BEST in January 2008. As a member of the Staff Development Department, he works with the learning facilitator team as well as various stakeholders to develop and deliver trainings to staff. In addition, he works with the Director of Staff Development... Read More →
avatar for Zachary Wilson

Zachary Wilson

Director of Program Development, LA's BEST Afterschool Enrichment Program
Zach’s story of serving youth began, summer of 1998 in the community where he was born and raised, with a life-changing experience leading and developing youth programs as a Program Director for the Associated Recreation Council (ARC) and Seattle Parks and Recreation. With a focus... Read More →


Monday October 29, 2018 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Grand 1

1:15pm

Examining Responses to Unconscious Fixed Habits to Build Positive Connections
This workshop will examine more effective ways to communicate by identifying emotional, behavioral and physical hooks that are rooted in implicit and explicit biases, which are detrimental to building positive connections with youth. By courageously examining root causes, we will develop new possibilities for developing tomorrows leaders.

Speakers
avatar for Edna  Sadberry

Edna Sadberry

Edna Sadberry, MA , LMHCA, Griffin Counseling & Wellness
I am a social justice advocate who, while doing social justice workshops, realized self-examination required a level of clinical expertise and most participants are not aware that just as race is a social construct, identity, values and social norms are also influenced from familial... Read More →


Monday October 29, 2018 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Lake Washington Ballroom I

1:15pm

Help! I'm Stuck in the Middle: Research, Relevance & Reality of Middle School Youth
In this workshop, participants will receive research-based ideas to help connect, challenge, and change the work they do with middle school youth. Participants will receive tools they can use when they return to their programs to increase the level of participation, commitment, and voice of the young people they serve.

Speakers
avatar for LaRon Henderson

LaRon Henderson

Program Quality Director, Collective for Youth
LaRon Henderson is a Certified Teacher with more than 20 years ‘experience working with students from Elementary to College.  His career path has allowed him to work with individuals in prisons, schools, athletic programs, and churches. He is the author of “You Are Somebody... Read More →
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Gwyn Williams

Program Director, Collective for Youth
Gwyn Williams is Program Director at Collective for Youth. Gwyn has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Gwyn is working on finishing her Master’s degree in Industrial Psychology. Gwyn has over 10 years of experience working with out-of-school time programs. Gwyn started out her... Read More →



Monday October 29, 2018 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Bellevue 2

1:15pm

Inclusivity and Awareness: Engaging LGBTQ Youth
Join this session for an interactive presentation that will offer participants tools and resources for being an ally when working with LGBTQ youth. Come ready to learn about the current issues LGBTQ youth face and the ways that personal biases prevent us from being able to provide youth with the welcoming messages, safe supports, and community resources all youth need and deserve. This session will help equip participants with the tools, language, and action steps to best support LGBTQ youth voices and leadership.

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Daniel Ensley

Drop-In Coordinator, Oasis Youth Center
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Autumn Star

Youth Advocate, Oasis Youth Center
Autumn Star (They/Them pronouns) serves as Youth Advocate at Oasis Youth Center in Tacoma, Washington. They provide direct crime victim advocacy resources for LGBTQ youth and design and implement community awareness-raising events that address root causes of racism, heterosexism... Read More →


Monday October 29, 2018 1:15pm - 2:45pm
West Seattle

1:15pm

Using Creative Facilitation to Empower Youth Voice
Come and learn ways to lead engaging, culturally responsive programs using Creative Facilitation. You’ll gain a toolbox of easy-to-lead arts-based activities that empower youth voice and teach multiple life-skills like creativity, collaboration, confidence, motivation, and leadership. You’ll learn ways to develop a safer atmosphere for youth from diverse backgrounds and experiences to take creative risks and build bridges across lines of difference. And you’ll learn ways to engage even the most reluctant participants. In the process, you’ll discover how creative you are, and gain new confidence in your leadership. Anyone can be a creative facilitator. You just need some tools, and the willingness to give it a try. No previous experience with the arts is required.

Speakers
avatar for Claudia Pineda Reyes

Claudia Pineda Reyes

Trainer, Partners for Youth Empowerment, Partners for Youth Empowerment
Claudia Pineda Reyes, MSW is a Mexican American Social Worker from Cicero, IL and Michoacan, Mexico. She is a trainer for Partners for Youth Empowerment and is currently employed by the Department of Health at King County. Claudia has dedicated her life towards expanding Social Justice... Read More →


Monday October 29, 2018 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Bellevue 1

1:15pm

BSK (Closed)
Speakers
avatar for Corey Newhouse

Corey Newhouse

Founder and Principal of Public Profit, Public Profit
Corey Newhouse is the Founder and Principal of Public Profit. Corey is responsible for the overall design of all of Public Profit’s evaluation studies, including developing logic models or theories of change, data collection tools, and analysis and reporting plans. She loves helping... Read More →
avatar for Hannah Pickar

Hannah Pickar

Research Assistant, Public Profit
Hannah Pickar is a Research Assistant at Public Profit. She is responsible for data management and analyses. She also provides administrative support for her projects, including scheduling, preparing materials for, and co-facilitating meetings and trainings.Hannah works closely on... Read More →
avatar for Roshni Wadhwani

Roshni Wadhwani

Research Associate, Public Profit
Roshni Wadhwani is a Research Associate at Public Profit. As a Research Associate, Roshni is responsible for designing evaluation studies, managing project implementation, conducting site visits, facilitating meetings and trainings, and authoring findings reports.Roshni serves as... Read More →


Monday October 29, 2018 1:15pm - 5:00pm
Renton Club

2:45pm

TECH: Highlighting Digital Learning Reception
Coin join us to briefly hear about the exciting new work to address the digital divide. Enjoy dessert and time to connect with others in an informal networking time. 

Speakers
avatar for Gina Warner

Gina Warner

President & CEO, National AfterSchool Association (NAA)
Gina Warner is President and CEO of the National AfterSchool Association. NAA - the voice of the afterschool profession – has over 25,000 members across the country and hosts the most comprehensive program of professional development opportunities for afterschool professionals anywhere... Read More →


Monday October 29, 2018 2:45pm - 3:15pm
Foyer of Grand Ballroom

3:30pm

Bridging the Digital Divide: Access to Technology is an Equity Issue
Technology has become ubiquitous and young people now more than ever need access to technology devices and quality digital learning opportunities. However, research tells us that not all students currently have this access. The digital divide is a critical equity issue because access to meaningful digital learning is an essential component in preparing young people for academic and post-secondary success in the 21st century. In this interactive session, you will hear about research and strategies that will you help you better address this challenge in out of school time. Participants will also learn about the Afterschool Tech Toolkit, a free resource developed by NAA to guide staff in designing and implementing digital learning.


Speakers
avatar for Jimena Quiroga Hopkins

Jimena Quiroga Hopkins

Chief Program Officer, Development Without Limits
Jimena Quiroga Hopkins is the Chief Program Officer at Development Without Limits, a national education consulting organization. She supports clients by designing curriculum, trainings, delivering technical assistance, and a variety of other services to youth serving organizations... Read More →
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Christina Russell

Managing Director, Policy Studies Associates
Christina Russell leads program evaluation and capacity-building projects for youth-serving organizations in her role as Managing Director at Policy Studies Associates (PSA), a research and evaluation firm based in Washington, DC. Christina frequently works with nonprofit and governmental... Read More →



Monday October 29, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
West Seattle

3:30pm

Use Your Voice to Grow Public Support for Your Program
You can use your voice to activate change and bring public support for young people during out-of-school hours. This inspirational session will work on honing your message so you can build strategic partnerships and advocate for public funding that will support the needs of your youth and families. In this session, you will:
Discover your role as a community leader and as an advocate for kids and families
Learn how to create an effective message to build public support for your programs
Understand how to plan an site visit that will inspire policymakers and funders

Speakers
avatar for David Beard

David Beard

Policy & Advocacy Director, School's Out Washington
David is the Policy and Advocacy Director for School’s Out Washington. Originally from Pierce County, he got his bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Washington and his masters of science in social work from the University of Texas. Throughout his career, he has... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Brady

Jennifer Brady

Director of Curriculum and Quality Improvement, Development Without Limits



Monday October 29, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Rainier

3:30pm

Cultivating Empathy Through Creative Interactions
Cultivating Empathy Through Creative Interactions is a key social- emotional skill that can be learned, and has the power to cultivate our environment and this world to be kinder. Youth, as well as adults can learn how to see, listen, and feel at a deeper level. A transformation of self and others happens when empathy skills are strengthened. We become more compassionate, respectful of others, appreciative of difference, can see similarities, and form relationships of trust and acceptance; these are the building blocks of true leadership. Creative curriculum and activities have been developed to build empathy skills for individuals as young as 5th grade.

Speakers
avatar for Victoria Moreland

Victoria Moreland

Cultivator of Empathy Through Creative Interactions, Modivi
Victoria is an insightful, seasoned thought leader and facilitator of equity and diversity particularly for the areas of talent recruitment and retention, professional development, community outreach and engagement, and resource development. Ms. Moreland has combined her artistic... Read More →


Monday October 29, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Lake Washington Ballroom I

3:30pm

Trauma-Informed Relationships: Centering Healing, Allying for Justice
In this interactive workshop, we will apply a trauma-informed lens to our understandings of the impacts of inequity and violence in young people’s lives. We will lift up the innate intelligence and resiliency of young people while recognizing the barriers they experience at the intersections of trauma and oppression. Through discussion and reflection, we will work to undo patterns of judgment and blame and instead, build empathic relationships that honor young people’s ways of surviving and elevate their sense of their own dignity, power, and voice. Participants will be supported to deepen their self-awareness and develop their capacity to ally with young people for self-determination and justice.

Speakers
avatar for Briana Herman-Brand

Briana Herman-Brand

Lead Teacher, Generative Somatics
Briana Herman-Brand, MSW, has been working with youth and adults for 18 years to heal and transform the root causes and impacts of trauma and oppression. She is a Lead Teacher with the organization, Generative Somatics, where she teaches courses nationally on trauma healing and embodied... Read More →



Monday October 29, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Bellevue 1

3:30pm

STEM and Literacy: The Bridge to 21st Century Skills
The Chicago Summer Learning Challenge is a nationally recognized and awarded program for children which harnesses literacy and STEM learning to create youth driven experiences for over 100,000 children. This program posts significant gains in reading and math. In this session, participants will gain hands-on skills around our three tracks of learning, understand the application to 21st century, and learn about Chicago's outcomes.

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth  McChesney

Elizabeth McChesney

Director, Children's Services & Family Engagement, Chicago Public Library
Elizabeth is the Director of Children's Services for the 80 branch library system in Chicago. She repositioned the summer program to a Summer Learning Challenge based on youth voice and choice in STEM, Literacy and Making, earning her a Library Journal Mover and Shaker Award, NSLA... Read More →
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Bryan Wunar

Director of Community Initiatives, Museum of Science & Industry, Chicago


Monday October 29, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Grand 7

3:30pm

STEM with Youth in the Control
STEM programs can expose youth to a wide variety of experiences that help them develop skills and knowledge needed for success in life.  Often the subjects taught are based on the strengths of the facilitator, not necessarily the interests of the youth.  This session will take the experiential education model and assist participants in making their programming youth centered and directed. In this interactive session you’ll learn to foster the skills of youth and help them explore their passion – without burning yourself out.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Wright

Kevin Wright

County Director, WSU Extension King County
Kevin Wright has worked in the field of education, youth development and volunteer management for over 30 years. Kevin is an Associate Professor and has worked for Washington State University Extension in the 4-H Youth Development Program for the past 25 years. He serves as the King... Read More →



Monday October 29, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Bellevue 2

3:30pm

Are Your Ready To Be Radical? Preparing Ourselves to Center Youth Voice In Our Learning Spaces
In order for us create space for youth voice in our classrooms and programs, we must first begin by examining our own beliefs and assumptions. How do we radicalize our process in order to set a solid foundation for liberation to arise and take shape in our learning spaces? In this workshop participants will be lead through an inquiry-based learning experience where they will develop critical questions to guide them in their quest to center youth voice in their teaching practice.

Speakers
avatar for Robyne Murphy

Robyne Murphy

Executive Director, Groundswell
Robyne is a nationally recognized art and social justice educator and administrator. In November of 2016, she began her appointment as Executive Director at Groudswell, New York City’s premier organization dedicated to advancing the practice of public artmaking. Previous to her... Read More →


Monday October 29, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Grand 1

3:30pm

CANCELLED Sport & Physical Activity Programming that Fosters Youth Development and Encourages Youth Voice
Sport, physical activity, and play are powerful vehicles for social-emotional growth and positive youth development. Research suggests that including the voices of youth in the design and execution of sports programming helps foster the positive outcomes that can be achieved through physical activity. This session will explore program design strategies that incorporate participant input to create spaces and activities that appeal to kids, boosting engagement and retention. We will discuss how coaches and activity leaders can use specific strategies to allow students more choice and autonomy, leading to both improved skill mastery and enhanced feelings of belonging and empowerment. It’s time to make sport and recreation a place a where all kids are winners!

Speakers
avatar for Julie McCleery

Julie McCleery

Research Associate, University of Washington Center for Leadership in Athletics
Julie’s primary role in the Center is as the principal investigator for the Ambitious Coaching Research Project. The Ambitious Coaching research is an exploration into the core practices of highly effective coaches – what we call Ambitious Coaches. Julie also teaches Coaching... Read More →
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Hannah Olson

Assistant Director & Lecturer, University of Washington Center for Leadership in Athletics
Hannah's primary work in the UW Center for Leadership in Athletics is focused around academic programs and coaching education. She helps drive the Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership (IAL) M.Ed. programs, teaching multiple courses and assisting with student advising, curriculum development... Read More →


Monday October 29, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Grand 7

3:30pm

Civic Engagement with Compassion and Purpose
The Youth Ambassador program aims to inspire students to take leadership within their respective communities through local activism and by compassionate means.The purpose of the Youth Ambassadors (YA) program is to help discover the untapped potential of students who can contribute meaningfully to their communities when given an opportunity. In this workshop, students will demonstrate how to incorporate activism into their WA State Social Studies curriculum by identifying the issues they are most passionate about and subsequently developing an activism strategy to be part of the solution.

1. Students will be asked the following questions: What can you learn about the specific problem? How can you compare what you have found in books, videos, websites, interviews, etc? For this problem, what is being done to resolve it? What still needs to be done? What organizations have tried to work on this problem?
2. The students will then lead the workshop to demonstrate the YA curriculum with examples of social change and civic-minded projects. This workshop will allow teachers and students to both make connections from the past to today's current events, and allow students to investigate and be curious about today's social, economic and political issues.
3. Youth Ambassador students will provide examples of their writing and reading materials.
4. An example of a final culminating presentation will be shared at the end of the workshop.


The students will demonstrate how fostering these skills during the school day will allow for a holistic approach to enhance non-cognitive skills for the 21st century. Community engagement opportunities will provide real world experiences and interactions with government officials and community leaders. The YA program helps to discover untapped potential of students who can contribute meaningfully to their communities when given an opportunity. Youth Ambassadors are empowered as engaged civic-minded leaders, building compassionate communities through activism to ensure our youth become caring and competent addressing the themes of relevance, opportunity, social justice, civics, and collaboration.
The powerful combination of building empathy, compassion, social awareness, public speaking, and collaboration for middle and high school students creates a strong pathway to achieve a life time commitment to civic engagement.

Speakers
avatar for Lori Markowitz

Lori Markowitz

Executive Director and Founder Youth Ambassador Program, Youth Ambassadors
Lori is the founder and executive director of the Youth Ambassador program. She earned her B.A. in International Business Administration from the American University of Paris and earned her maters degree at the University of Washington Evans School of Public Affairs. Lori was the... Read More →


Monday October 29, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Seattle

3:30pm

OutSpoken Speakers Bureau Youth Panel
Outspoken Speakers Bureau is a program of The Northwest Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian & Gay Survivors of Abuse. Outspoken is made up of LGBTQ youth ages 13 through 24 who are trained and paid to share their experiences with audiences around the region. OutSpoken's goal is to increase collective understanding of the complex and unique needs as well as experiences of LGBTQ young people. This panel will center on schools and education, broadly. Youth in this panel will share stories of their time in educational institutions, will provide recommendations to improving learning environments, and educate attendees about what is needed from educators by LGBTQ youth in schools. Q&A will be held after the narrative presentation for remaining time of the session.

Speakers
avatar for Edric Figueroa

Edric Figueroa

Community Engagement Manager, NW Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian & Gay Survivors of Abuse
Edric Figueroa is the Community Engagement Manger at the Northwest Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian & Gay Survivors of Abuse. His role at the NW Network includes overseeing the prevention programs for adults and youth, one-on-one advocacy based counselling with LGBTQ survivors... Read More →


Monday October 29, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Adams

3:30pm

Tapping Personal Narrative and The New World of Publishing to Foster Healing, Give Teens a Voice
Discover how personal storytelling techniques and the ease of today’s indie publishing platforms can empower teens and ensure their voices are heard. In this interactive session, NYT bestselling author Ingrid Ricks shares how she found healing and empowerment by writing her coming-of-age story and used it to help more than a thousand teens in both Utah and Washington find their voice by writing — and in some cases publishing — the deeply personal stories they needed to share. From there, she drills down on the process she employs to help youth identify their stories and bring them to life. She will also discuss the different eBook and print publishing options now available and share how they can be used to quickly get teen voices out to the world. All workshop attendees will receive a copy of Ingrid’s narrative writing guide.

Speakers
avatar for Ingrid Ricks

Ingrid Ricks

Founder, Author, Write It Out Loud, Write It Out Loud
Ingrid Ricks is a New York Times bestselling memoir author, book coach, narrative writing consultant and founder of Write It Out Loud, a program that fosters healing and empowerment through personal narrative. Her books include the coming-of-age memoir, Hippie Boy: A Girl’s Sto... Read More →


Monday October 29, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Baker
 
Tuesday, October 30
 

8:30am

Embracing Family Diversity
This session will explore the importance of welcoming all families into our education and youth development programs. In order to best support child and youth development, it is important to respect their families. Using an anti-bias framework, this session will provide the skills to demonstrate respect for diversity and encouraging family involvement across the community. This includes diverse family structures such as adoptive families, foster families, children being raised by their grandparents, single parent families, LGBTQ headed families etc. This session will include data, as well as build skills for respecting and reflecting the cultures and structures of the children's homes.

Speakers
avatar for Tracy Flynn

Tracy Flynn

Consultant/ Coach, Tracy Flynn Consulting/Welcoming Schools
Tracy Flynn has over 25 years of experience in management and leadership positions in local and national health, welfare, and education institutions. Her mission is to provide training and coaching to build healthy individuals, organizations, and communities. Her expertise includes... Read More →



Tuesday October 30, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Executive Boardroom

8:30am

White Women in Education
Nationally, 80% of public and private school K-12 teachers are white women. To better serve our students and prepare them for a diverse world, white female-socialized educators must do identity work to support that goal. Working through an intersectional feminist lens, participants will uncover the relationship between white privilege, sexism, and implicit biases. We can own our collective power and be accountable for our privilege to transform education. This workshop is experiential, engaging, relationship-based, and grounded in equity both in theory and practice. We will look at data nationally and locally, and highlight teacher racial and gender identities to name and notice the power and privilege within our work. Come prepared to learn, share, and leave with strategies to live equity in your school.

Speakers
avatar for Fleur Larsen

Fleur Larsen

Facilitator, Fleur Larsen Facilitation
Fleur Larsen started facilitating 20 years ago on challenge course programs with youth and adults. Her style is based on sharp analysis, flexible thinking, joy, and purposeful results. Her work is relationship-based with connection, collaboration, and community as integral elements... Read More →



Tuesday October 30, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Adams

8:30am

Advanced Restorative Justice: Skills and Frameworks Beyond Conferences
Alongside Restorative Justice (RJ) Youth Experts, participants will engage in learning more deeply about Restorative Justice. We’ll explore strategies new to the RJ community (excluding circles and conferencing). When you are thinking about Restorative Justice implementation, we lead from a place of youth voice and youth adult partnership. We will demonstrate a number of different roles youth can play in a Restorative Justice system.

Speakers
avatar for Nicholas Bradford

Nicholas Bradford

Founder and Chief, National Center for Restorative Justice
A life long educator with a extensive work in conflict in schools, afterschool programs, and juvenile justice. Received his Masters in Education Policy from the University of Washington.


Tuesday October 30, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Grand 1

8:30am

Strategies for Developing SEL Skills in Out of School Time Contexts
Committee for Children (CfC) is committed to supporting the safety and well-being of children through social-emotional learning (SEL) and development in a variety of contexts. In this session CfC staff and some of our Out of School Time (OST) partners will present findings from our research and field tests around effective strategies for supporting SEL through games and play in OST settings. Our session will engage participants in (a) SEL activities that elevate youth voices through open reflection; (b) discussions about facilitating meaningful activities and reflections that explore differences in youth’s lived experiences; and (c) discussions about what session participants learned, what they still hope to learn, and what they believe they can teach others in the room.

Speakers
avatar for Angela Fountas

Angela Fountas

Product Manager, Committee for Children
Angela Fountas is a product manager for Committee for Children, a Seattle-based non-profit that advocates for, researches, and develops educational programs to advance the safety and well-being of children through social-emotional learning (SEL). She works with teams of educational... Read More →
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Andrew Kramer

SEAL Team Member, Social, Emotional, Academic, Learning (SEAL) Team
Andrew Kramer is in the feelings business - as in, it's his job to help schools and organizations establish the infrastructure needed to make sure it feels good to learn, both for youth and adults. He believes that for a learner to succeed, they need to be engaged, participate in... Read More →
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Joshua Munsell

Educational Designer, Committee for Children
Joshua Munsell is an educational designer for Committee for Children, a Seattle-based non-profit that advocates for, researches, and develops educational programs to advance the safety and well-being of children through social-emotional learning (SEL). He works with other educational... Read More →



Tuesday October 30, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Bellevue 1

8:30am

Using the Arts to Create Resilient & Expressive Environments
When we start and end our day with students using intentional, trusting activities that build safety and routine, we help our students to express their authentic voice. Creative Resilience empowers individuals to build resilient communities using creative tools. In this workshop, participants will learn and experience visual and performing arts-based strategies for engaging, managing, and encouraging student expression. Building unique opening and closing activities and routines grounded in mindfulness, social-emotional learning, and trust will specifically address the challenges of transitioning into and out of your program. Come prepared to move and discover!

Speakers
avatar for Jesica Avellone

Jesica Avellone

Co-Founder, Creative Resilience
Jesica Avellone is a Seattle-based actor, teacher, and parent, using theatrical and storytelling techniques to encourage empathy, compassion, and creativity. She earned her BFA in Theatre Studies from Boston University, after which she co-founded CollaborationTown, a New York theatre... Read More →
avatar for Grace Bryant

Grace Bryant

Co-Founder, Creative Resilience
Grace Bryant has been a whole life educator for the past 13 years,integrating drama, music, movement, yoga, mindful living, creative play,teamwork, conscious collaboration and leadership. Her training includes aBachelor’s degree in Musical performance from Pacific Lutheran University,multiple... Read More →



Tuesday October 30, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
West Seattle

8:30am

Solve for WHY: Finding Joy and Belonging in Afterschool Math
As young children, most people delight in early math concepts. We play with rhythm, pattern, and counting. Somewhere along the way, though, we begin to sort ourselves into those who are good at math and those who aren’t. Or we get sorted, based on our identities and assumptions about our abilities. Though it is socially acceptable to say, “I’m not a math person”, this self- and/or externally-imposed label prevents many creative thinkers from pursuing a number of interests and even careers. As an afterschool professional, you can help youth reclaim their inborn identity as “math people”, whether you do calculus for fun in your spare time, get queasy at the sight of a story problem, or fall anywhere in between. In this interactive session, we will explore a variety of ways to support youth (and maybe even yourself) in seeing the relevance of math in their worlds and experiencing the joy of playing with math again.

Speakers
avatar for Krista Galloway

Krista Galloway

Consultant, Trainer & Teacher
Krista Galloway has worked in the Afterschool and Youth Development (AYD) field for over 25 years. For the first decade, she led school-age child care and school-based afterschool programs in both non-profit and for-profit organizations. For the next 13 years, she worked at School's... Read More →



Tuesday October 30, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Bellevue 2

8:30am

STEM and Literacy: The Bridge to 21st Century Skills
The Chicago Summer Learning Challenge is a nationally recognized and awarded program for children which harnesses literacy and STEM learning to create youth driven experiences for over 100,000 children. This program posts significant gains in reading and math. In this session, participants will gain hands-on skills around our three tracks of learning, understand the application to 21st century, and learn about Chicago's outcomes.

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth  McChesney

Elizabeth McChesney

Director, Children's Services & Family Engagement, Chicago Public Library
Elizabeth is the Director of Children's Services for the 80 branch library system in Chicago. She repositioned the summer program to a Summer Learning Challenge based on youth voice and choice in STEM, Literacy and Making, earning her a Library Journal Mover and Shaker Award, NSLA... Read More →
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Bryan Wunar

Director of Community Initiatives, Museum of Science & Industry, Chicago


Tuesday October 30, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Baker

8:30am

Summer Starts in September: Planning for Youth Voice and Choice in Your Summer Program
Carefully planned, high quality summer programs encourage youth participation and retention, providing them with life changing experiences. In this session, participants will hear about examples of program quality, and learn practical ways to increase opportunities for youth voice and choice using an NSLA’s interactive program planning guide.

Speakers
avatar for Brodrick Clarke

Brodrick Clarke

Professional Development Trainer, Brodrick Clarke Consulting, LLC
Youth Development & Continuous Quality ImprovementYPQI


Tuesday October 30, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Rainier

8:30am

Building Self-Esteem Through Storytelling and Rapping
Storytelling is a powerful tool for increasing the self-esteem of young people! Whether it’s through journaling, spoken stories, or rap songs, discovering one’s own voice is the KEY TO DEVELOPING SELF-ESTEEM in young people. Young people are overloaded and bombarded with technology. The art of writing by hand is fading. This unique, lively, interactive session that will help educators learn how to inspire kids to find and explore their “own voice"! We share immediately-applicable activities that are sure to engage and uplift students. Participants will discuss how writing, public speaking, collaboration, creativity and communication are vital to the development of the whole child, beyond what is measurable by a test score.

Speakers
avatar for Meredith Scott Lynn

Meredith Scott Lynn

Founder and CEO, WRiTE BRAiN BOOKS
Meredith Scott Lynn, an award-winning storyteller and recognized film and television actress, understands the value of stories and self-expression. As Founder of WRiTE BRAiN BOOKS, her mission is to foster self-esteem in young people and offer inspired curricula that help kids of... Read More →


Tuesday October 30, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Renton Club

8:30am

YEP Design Works, Addressing the Digital Divide Through Design
Youth Empowerment Project’s Design Works (www.yepdesignworks.org) is a job training program for creative careers. We try to create equal access to careers in Design, Marketing, and the Arts through a paid Apprenticeship model. In this workshop we will outline the context in which YEP Design Works exists, get hands-on experience with how Design Works builds community, and a discuss programmatic strategies.

Speakers
avatar for Ashley Teamer

Ashley Teamer

Design Works Manager, Youth Empowerment Project
Ashley Teamer is the Youth Empowerment Project’s Design Works Manager. She has been working with creative youth for 8 years in both creative writing and visual arts in New Orleans and Boston. She believes in empowering the voices young people. Outside of her arts education work... Read More →



Tuesday October 30, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
VIP Regency Club (Fireside Room)

8:30am

Youth-Led Change: Creating and Cultivating a Grassroots Movement
What does youth-led change look like? In this session, we will hear from Opportunity Youth leaders who have been connected to non-traditional education pathways, and will share their personal leadership journeys. We will also highlight youth organizing efforts led by SOAR, through the King County Youth Advisory Council and Opportunity Youth United-King County.

Speakers
avatar for Makayla Wright

Makayla Wright

Youth Voice Organizer, SOAR
Makayla Wright is the Youth Voice Organizer for SOAR, a community based organization that elevates community voice. Makayla grew up in Kansas and went to school in Massachusetts. As a Black woman from the Midwest, she became passionate about community voice as a teenager. And now... Read More →


Tuesday October 30, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Seattle

8:30am

Reclaiming our Time: Recentering Marginalized Voices by Fostering Communities of Healing Practices (a POC only workshop)
In this session, we will explore the struggles of navigating afterschool programming institutions as POC while working through our own internalized trauma, and how that can show up in our work. We will discuss strategies to build inclusivity and accessibility for youth and how strategically re-centering ourselves rewrites our narrative and governs youth autonomy. 

Speakers
avatar for Janell Jordan

Janell Jordan

Youth Development Coordinator, Southwest Youth and Family Services
avatar for Pedro Ciriano Perez

Pedro Ciriano Perez

Executive Director of Geeking Out Kids of Color, Geeking Out Kids of Color (GOKiC)


Tuesday October 30, 2018 8:30am - 10:15am
Grand 7

9:00am

Systems Track Opening Plenary: Michael Funk
Speakers
avatar for Michael Funk

Michael Funk

Director, Expanded Learning Division, California Department of Education
Michael Funk, Director of the Expanded Learning Division (EXLD) for the California Department of Education, was appointed to this leadership role in early 2012 by State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson. Under Michael’s direction, the EXLD, in collaboration with... Read More →


Tuesday October 30, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Grand Ballroom

10:15am

Facilitating Collective Songwriting in a Native American School
This session will describe the process of collective songwriting, and how it was implemented at a tribal school in Washington state during the 2017-18 school year. The presenters are music educators and musicians who learned the method used by the Zapatistas, an indigenous group in Southern Mexico. The method gives voice to the group of people involved through a process called testimonio, and culminates in a song as a final product. During this session they hope to share experiences from the project, and give an example of how the process can work in various community situations.

Speakers
avatar for Skúli Gestsson

Skúli Gestsson

PhD Student, Music Education, University of Washington
Skúli Gestsson is a doctoral student in music education at the University of Washington. Before moving to Seattle he had enjoyed a successful career in popular music in his home country of Iceland. He founded rock band Dikta in 1999 and it has been active ever since, releasing five... Read More →
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Chris Mena

PhD Student, University of Washington


Tuesday October 30, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
Executive Boardroom

10:15am

Creating Safe and Inclusive Environments to Empower English Learners’ Voices
English Learners and immigrant students face many challenges as they adapt to a new culture and work to build their confidence and voices. In order to ensure that English Learners in our programs do not feel marginalized, it is imperative that we intentionally create environments that not only support English Learners in feeling confident to learn and practice English, but also encourage them to show up fully by creating a program culture that sees their home languages and cultures as assets. Additionally, in a time of when immigration policies may be inciting higher levels of discrimination and bulling of English Learners and immigrant students, it is important for staff to have the skills and strategies to appropriately address discriminatory comments and behaviors. In this interactive workshop, participants will take away practical strategies to implement in their programs in order to more thoughtfully create environments where English Learners can feel safe, empowered, and truly have a voice.

Speakers
avatar for Jimena Quiroga Hopkins

Jimena Quiroga Hopkins

Chief Program Officer, Development Without Limits
Jimena Quiroga Hopkins is the Chief Program Officer at Development Without Limits, a national education consulting organization. She supports clients by designing curriculum, trainings, delivering technical assistance, and a variety of other services to youth serving organizations... Read More →


Tuesday October 30, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
Rainier

10:15am

Living While Colored
Respect, compassion, trust, and safety are the cornerstones when you are working with youth and their families. For communities of color, all of the aforementioned attributes are critical in developing true and lasting relationships! We will look at our personal understanding of race and racism, the impact of bias, why stereotypes and microaggressions are harmful, and the impact of today's political climate. We will then discuss and practice the power of authentic R-E-S-P-E-C-T.   

Speakers
avatar for Pamila Gant

Pamila Gant

Senior program Officer, MENTOR Washington
Pamila Gant worked at Seattle University for ten years as the Assistant Director of Admissions. While at Seattle University she designed and implemented her first mentoring program, “A Choice of Heroes.” As a first-generation undergrad at Western Washington University, she came... Read More →


Tuesday October 30, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
Seattle

10:15am

Creating Safe Spaces for Youth to Thrive-Trauma-Informed Narratives
This workshop is in support of frontline staff whose day to day activities involve interacting with trauma saturated youth. The workshop is an opportunity for the participants to evaluate their personal history of hardship, pain, and suffering in an attempt to uncover unconscious practices that might be barriers to operating from a trauma-informed lens. The objective is to shift the focus to the present moment and create clear actionable goals to build confidence from a personal and collective perspective in cultivating trauma-informed environments. Participants will examine best practices and brainstorm new possibilities that will include youth voices, to determine what works.  

Speakers
avatar for Edna  Sadberry

Edna Sadberry

Edna Sadberry, MA , LMHCA, Griffin Counseling & Wellness
I am a social justice advocate who, while doing social justice workshops, realized self-examination required a level of clinical expertise and most participants are not aware that just as race is a social construct, identity, values and social norms are also influenced from familial... Read More →


Tuesday October 30, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
Grand 7

10:15am

Foundations of Practice: Social and Emotional Learning for Adults 101
There is growing national consensus that integrating Social and Emotional Learning principles and practices into the environments that youth inhabit is essential for their learning and development - whether after school, during the school day, in the summer, or at home. One area of growth in social and emotional learning is in adult education and adult practice of SEL; to infuse our youth programs and schools with SEL, we must continue to develop and practice the skills that we aim to teach youth. Drawing on the science of mindfulness, somatics, and research on trauma and stress, this workshop will make a case for the importance of adult practice of social and emotional learning and explore the foundations of Adult SEL practice. Come prepared for an experiential workshop and leave with practical SEL strategies to implement in your personal life, with your coworkers, and in your work with young people.

Speakers
avatar for Porter Eichenlaub

Porter Eichenlaub

Social & Emotional Learning Program Manager, School's Out Washington
Porter is a passionate facilitator and advocate of positive youth development and has worked with young people for the past decade as a teacher, mentor, facilitator, program coordinator and curriculum developer in a wide variety of settings. He has taught in private schools, developed... Read More →


Tuesday October 30, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
Yoga Room

10:15am

The Village: A Plan for Family Engagement
Family engagement has a significant, positive relationship with a student’s academic achievement, behavioral outcomes, as well as their social and emotional functioning. Schools, families, and communities, “The Village,” must be empowered to work together to ensure a student’s best educational outcomes. Let’s talk about your family’s and/or your school’s current family engagement practices and work together to develop a comprehensive family engagement plan.

Speakers
avatar for T'wina Nobles

T'wina Nobles

President & CEO, Tacoma Urban League
T’wina Nobles is President & CEO of The Tacoma Urban League, a School Board Director of University Place School District, TEDx speaker, and was selected as a ParentMap Superhero for Washington State Families, the recipient of the University of Puget Sound Young Logger Serv... Read More →



Tuesday October 30, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
Bellevue 2

10:15am

Promoting Youth Voice through Culturally-Responsive STEM Activities
In this session, participants will discuss how to promote a sense of agency by showing youth how they can make a difference in their community through STEM. Participants will experience how Techbridge Girls uses Community Impact Projects, which elevate youth voice and leadership, as a way to create agency and connections to STEM careers. Finally, participants will reflect on the project, and will brainstorm ways that they can incorporate STEM-focused impact projects in their own programs.

Speakers
avatar for Chanel Hall

Chanel Hall

Program Manager for Professional Development, Techbridge Girls
Chanel R. Hall works as a Program Manager for Professional Development (PD) for Techbridge Girls. Chanel manages our Inspire after-school programs for elementary school girls. As the regional lead for PD, she leads various workshops that focus on how to apply equitable strategies... Read More →


Tuesday October 30, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
West Seattle

10:15am

Building School/ELO Partnerships to Support Social Emotional Learning (Systems Track-CLOSED)
What does it take to align supports for social and emotional development across the day - before, during, and after school? Join us for a presentation and table discussions on findings from YDEKC’s Social Emotional Learning scan of the attributes necessary to create a whole child, whole day ecosystem. Hear about early lessons learned from the Whole Child Partnership effort in Tacoma and Pierce County, to support social emotional learning in and out of school. This session will provide opportunities for system leaders to reflect on their own practice and partnerships in building whole day, whole child efforts in their communities.

Speakers
avatar for Mona Grife

Mona Grife

SEL Strategy Sr. Manager, Youth Development Executives of King County (YDEKC)
Mona joined the YDEKC team in November 2017. She has been in the youth development field since 2002 serving in a variety of roles as a teaching artist, service learning coordinator, program manager, and capacity builder. She has facilitated and managed youth leadership, service learning... Read More →
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Kacey Guin

Director or Initiatives, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation
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Jessica Paul Werner

Executive Director, Youth Development Executives of King County (YDECK)
Jessica Paul Werner has been dedicated to building the youth development field since she served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA in Portland, Maine in 1999. After receiving her Masters in Public Administration at the University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy and Governance in 2002... Read More →



Tuesday October 30, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
VIP Regency Club (Fireside Room)

10:15am

Expanded Learning Opportunities for Youth in Affordable Housing and Experiencing Homelessness (Systems Track-Open)
Regardless of your role in the community, YOU have the ability to ensure children and youth experiencing housing instability or homelessness have access to high quality Expanded Learning Opportunity (ELO) programs. Join us and see how different systems (ELOs, Schools, and Housing) are working together on behalf of the youth they collectively serve. In this workshop we will highlight projects taking place in King County, the City of Bellevue, and California to meet the needs of families and youth living in affordable housing and youth experiencing homelessness.

Speakers
avatar for Leah Bui

Leah Bui

Housing Education Project Manager, School's Out Washington
Leah joined the SOWA staff in November 2017. This is her third iteration to SOWA having previously been part of Youth Development Executives of King County and SOWA’s Refugee School Impact Program. Her latest role as the Housing & Expanded Learning Opportunities Project Manager... Read More →
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Ted Dezember

Education Manager, King County Housing Authority
Ted Dezember is the Senior Manager for Educational Initiatives and Youth Programs at King County Housing Authority. He is responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of educational policies and program initiatives to support academic and life success of children... Read More →
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Jenny Hicks

Director of HousED, Partnership for Children & Youth
Jenny Hicks is the Director of HousED at the Partnership for Children and Youth (PCY). Hicks joined the PCY team in 2011 and has used her extensive background in youth development to organize, support, and assist with program startup for several public and affordable housing communities... Read More →
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Melissa Slater

NB Program Coordinator, Instructional Facilitator & Grant Manager, Bellevue's National Board
Melissa Slater started her career in education in Bellevue in 1996. She has taught grades 2-6, served as a Literacy Facilitator and has worked as Bellevue’s National Board (NB) Program Coordinator for the past 13 years. Currently Melissa is working in Bellevue as the NB Program... Read More →



Tuesday October 30, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
Adams

10:15am

Funding ELO Systems (Systems Track-Closed)
Funding for expanded learning opportunities and their backbone systems can be challenging, however, there are many public and private funding options available to states, local governments, programs, and school districts. Braiding a diverse portfolio of funding is not only allowable, but is the best method for sustainable and reliable resources. Join this panel of esteemed experts that have created funding structures at the local and state-levels to increase access to high-quality expanded learning opportunities for children and youth, and an infrastructure to support programming.

Moderators
avatar for David Beard

David Beard

Policy & Advocacy Director, School's Out Washington
David is the Policy and Advocacy Director for School’s Out Washington. Originally from Pierce County, he got his bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Washington and his masters of science in social work from the University of Texas. Throughout his career, he has... Read More →

Speakers
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Eric Gurna

CEO, LA's Best After School Enrichment Program
Eric Gurna joined LA’s BEST in 2015 as the second President and CEO in the organization’s history. He brings a deep commitment to positive youth development to his work at LA’s BEST, and a national reputation for thought leadership in the Expanded Learning movement. He also... Read More →
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Jennifer Peck

President & CEO, Partnership for Children & Youth
Jennifer Peck has led the Partnership for Children & Youth (PCY) since the organization’s founding in 2001.  During this time, she has grown PCY to be the leading California intermediary building access to high quality expanded learning opportunities for students living in our... Read More →
avatar for Juliet Taylor

Juliet Taylor

Program Officer, Raikes Foundation
Juliet Taylor joined the Raikes Foundation as a program officer in 2015 to lead the foundation’s Expanded Learning Opportunities strategy. Prior to joining the Raikes Foundation, Juliet spent six years at the Washington State Department of Early Learning leading the Race to the... Read More →
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Lisa White

Director of Afterschool Programs, Express School Age Child Care Programs and Summer STEM Camps, Spokane Public Schools
Lisa White is an Administrator in Spokane Public Schools with a career spanning the past 25 years including directorship in Express Child Care Programs, Career and Technical Education (CTE) and most recently in her current position is Director of Afterschool Programs, Express School... Read More →



Tuesday October 30, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
Grand 1

10:15am

CANCELLED--An African American Approach: Trauma Informed Care and Youth
Trauma-Informed Care is an approach to working with people that understands, recognizes and responds to the impacts of trauma. Trauma is not isolated to survivors of domestic violence or Veterans. No one is immune to the impact of trauma, but it is certainly experienced by youth facing major setbacks. Often, teen of color trauma survivors can be re-traumatized by well-meaning providers. Becoming ‘trauma-informed’ recognizes that youth of color experience many different types of trauma in their lives and their responses vary. By orienting our organizations, environments, services, and day-to-day interactions around the impacts of trauma, we create a safe and healing space for youth which leads to powerful voices.

Speakers
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Dr. Jocelyn Enabulele

Director of Training & Staff Development, Roni LifeWorks Training Center
Dr. Jocelyn Perkins-Enabulele, is a certified trainer for Roni LifeWorks Training Center, she is an expert in the areas of domestic violence and sexual assault. She has testified as an expert witness in court, conducted more than 60 professional state and national-level workshops... Read More →


Tuesday October 30, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
Grand 7

10:15am

Get On The Good Foot
"Get On The Good Foot", a workshop focused on social, emotional and personal cultural identity development through movement and dance. In this session, attendees will learn best practices and shared values on cultivating movement based ideas for youth programs. We will hear from youth who actually have been mentored by The Good Foot Arts Collective leadership and attendees will be introduced to street dance styles such as Locking, Popping and Breaking. Come ready to increase your skills in culturally relevant youth programming as well as your own personal dance skills!

Speakers
avatar for Louie Praseuth

Louie Praseuth

Community & Youth Leader, Co-Founder, The Good Foot Arts Collective
Louie Praseuth is a community and youth leader and has been serving in the field of community development, youth and arts ministry for 20 years. Social, spiritual, artistic and personal identity development in are some of his passions. He has experience in quantifying positive youth... Read More →


Tuesday October 30, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
Renton Club

10:15am

Honoring Youth Voice: How to Create a Youth Driven Culture by Employing Principals of Restorative Justice
This session will explore how providers can increase youth's autonomy, accountability, and self reliance all while managing behaviors through the implementation of restorative justice practices. We will discuss how to create a program/classroom culture that allows youth to maximize their leadership potential, and lean into their strengths through self expression and choice. We will explore Behavior Management systems and Restorative Justice tools that center youth's voice and participation all while focusing on the ultimate goal of youth empowerment and self regulation.

Speakers
avatar for Anjilee Dodge

Anjilee Dodge

Director of Operations, Organization for Prostitution Survivors
Anjilee Dodge is a passionate advocate for marginalized youth. Before coming back to YouthCare in October of 2016, Anjilee graduated with her Master in Social Work from the University of Washington where she focused her studies on sex and gender based violence specifically the sexual... Read More →


Tuesday October 30, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
Baker

10:15am

Leading Change Effectively
Is your organization experiencing change? If so, is it having a negative impact on the culture
and morale of your team, your staff, and your organization? Change is often difficult even in
the best of circumstances, yet some leaders are able to transform the uncertainty of change
into new opportunities and even greater success. Join us and learn how to effectively lead change within your organization.

Speakers
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Bill Wells

Statewide Training Manager, Schools Out Washington
Bill Wells leads the Statewide Training Team. Originally from the mid-west,Bill moved to Seattle a number of years ago, because of the natural beauty of the region, the ready access to the great outdoors, and the abundance of open minds. He has over fifteen years of education, training... Read More →


Tuesday October 30, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
Private Dining Room

10:15am

Student Co-Design: Crafting Responsive Programs and Supports
For several years, the Governor's Office of the Education Ombuds has been extending its conflict resolution work to increasing community conversation and problem-solving through family-focused listening sessions. However, OEO had no tools for capturing student voice to guide its programs and services. In short, while its mission is to address the opportunity gap, OEO had focused its services on the adults in its problem-solving. Recently, OEO partnered with Archetekt to study best practices for student co-design that will guide its future efforts to elevate student voice, and create culturally responsive workshops and leadership opportunities. In this session, OEO and its partner will share what they learned and how these tools can be applied in out-of-school time and other programming.

Speakers
avatar for Manuhuia Barcham

Manuhuia Barcham

Principal, Archetekt
Manuhuia Barcham is Principal of Archetekt, a Strategic Design & Foresight firm based in Seattle, USA. He also maintains Adjunct-Professor positions at Presidio Graduate School and the University of Washington. He was formerly a faculty member at Massey University, New Zealand and... Read More →
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Carrie Basas, JD, Med

Director, Governor's Office of the Education Ombuds, Governor's Office of the Education Ombuds
Carrie Griffin Basas is the Director of the Office of Education Ombuds. Carrie is a former civil rights and labor law attorney. For many years, she was a law professor, specializing in disability rights, criminal justice, and ethics. She has taught at the University of North Carolina... Read More →



Tuesday October 30, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
Bellevue 1

12:00pm

Elevate Opportunity Luncheon
Join us for lunch as we gather to celebrate expanded learning opportunities, and our collaborative efforts to create meaningful engagement and leadership experiences that drive equity and support young people in affecting change.

Together, we will celebrate and shine a light on champions and leaders working to advance access to quality expanded learning opportunities for more young people across Washington State. Come celebrate and hear from our 2018 Elevate Opportunity champions:

Raikes Foundation
Senator Patty Murray
Oasis Youth Center
Mari Rico, El Centro de la Raza
Marisol Romero, Youth Ambassador



Tuesday October 30, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Grand Ballroom

1:45pm

Youth-Led Internships: Empowering a Next-Gen Workforce to Bridge the Opportunity Gap
In 2017, the Washington State Auditor reported that thousands of jobs will go unfilled in Washington this year due to demand for skilled workers, and a low supply of candidates. There are systemic inequities in the job market reinforced by the "opportunity gap" or the causal disparity between underserved communities and lifelong achievement. Youth-led internships can help bridge the opportunity gap. In this session, participants will learn about youth empowerment through service learning, youth-led decision-making, and community leadership in environments that encourage failing forward and 21st century skill building. Join Kitsap Regional Library and Seattle Public Library for a discussion on ways you can support youth professional development and foster the next generation workforce.

Speakers
avatar for Ayan Adem

Ayan Adem

Teen Services Librarian, Seattle Public Library - Douglass-Truth Branch
Ayan Adem is a Teen Services Librarian at the Seattle Public Library who focuses her energy on serving patrons equitably both inside and outside of library walls. She is dedicated to connecting youth in her community with real life learning and skill development opportunities that... Read More →
avatar for Shelby Barnes

Shelby Barnes

STEM and Learning Assistant, Kitsap Regional Library
Shelby Barnes co-leads an internship opportunity at the Kitsap Regional Library (KRL) for young adults. She coaches mentors to help them provide interns with college and career readiness through self-led explorative learning. Shelby works with interns to help them turn their interests... Read More →
avatar for Megan Burton

Megan Burton

STEM and Learning Supervisor, Kitsap Regional Library
Megan Burton is the STEM and Learning Supervisor at the Kitsap Regional Library system in Bremerton, Washington. Megan co-leads the Make Do Share - STEM Learning framework and Community Learning Internship at Kitsap, where she coaches staff co-designing equitable learning opportunities... Read More →
avatar for Cheresse Thoeny

Cheresse Thoeny

Teen Services Librarian, The Seattle Public Library
Cheresse Thoeny, MLIS, helped transform The Seattle Public Library’s teen volunteer program into a service learning model where teens develop job and life skills through collaborative learning and leadership opportunities. Cheresse strives to help teens plan projects that match... Read More →


Tuesday October 30, 2018 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Adams

1:45pm

Involving Youth in Decision-Making
Every young person brings unique skills, talents, and leadership potential to your program. By engaging youth in meaningful leadership opportunities, educators can foster healthier learning environments while instilling the confidence youth need to become active citizens in their schools and communities. This workshop will help educators learn how to resist the urge to overrule decisions made by young people, react constructively when young people make “mistakes,” and create an environment that fosters the capacity of youth for constructive decision-making.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Brady

Jennifer Brady

Director of Curriculum and Quality Improvement, Development Without Limits



Tuesday October 30, 2018 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Renton Club

1:45pm

Affective Education in the Inner City
Affective education is concerned with the beliefs, feelings and attitudes of students. Proponents of affective education believe that academic teaching should go hand in hand with personal and social education. For a student to perform well, he has to have a sound mind and sound environment. Within the Inner City, affective education holds a vital role in the future of these students. At the Tulsa Dream Center, we have seen extreme success. As we continue to elevate our leadership quality, the success will continue to grow.

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Johnson

Aaron Johnson

Executive Director, Tulsa Dream Center
Aaron Johnson believes that his work “offers hope to the broken.” The Tulsa Dream Center, a faith-based organization, exists to meet the needs of people in North Tulsa, whatever those needs may be. “If you can change the way you think, you can change the way you live,” he... Read More →


Tuesday October 30, 2018 1:45pm - 3:15pm
West Seattle

1:45pm

Unbiased Child Engagement Strategies
This workshop focuses on increasing equity in expanded learning opportunities by confronting potential personal bias to create a more inclusive and engaging program for all participants. For every child to access all that an expanded learning opportunith has to offer, every adult they encounter during their journey must learn to identify and overcome their own learned implicit biases. In this workshop, we will identify our social system’s core identity categories that create and maintain implicit biases. Participants will then incorporate that knowledge to evaluate past engagement strategies and develop new approaches based on current best practices.
Objectives:
• Explore areas of implicit bias when working with diverse groups
• Develop strategies to engage the whole child in a group setting

Speakers
avatar for Sebastian Wilson

Sebastian Wilson

Youth Development Trainer, Facilitator, & Policy Advisor
Sebastian Wilson (Seb) was born and raised in Seattle and settled in the north-end of the city with his family. He attended Seattle Public Schools and received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Seattle Pacific University.Sebastian has 20 years of experience as a professional in... Read More →


Tuesday October 30, 2018 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Private Dining Room

1:45pm

White Providers Working with Youth of Color: Creating Racial Equity Education in Your Program
This session will dive into what it means to be a White identifying provider working with youth of color, and how by decentering Whiteness you can start to provide a more inclusive program for your youth of color. This session will ask to lean into the uncomfortableness of talking about ones internalized racism, and how it shows up in a program. 

Speakers
avatar for Janell Jordan

Janell Jordan

Youth Development Coordinator, Southwest Youth and Family Services
avatar for Pedro Ciriano Perez

Pedro Ciriano Perez

Executive Director of Geeking Out Kids of Color, Geeking Out Kids of Color (GOKiC)


Tuesday October 30, 2018 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Bellevue 2

1:45pm

Sexual Behavior in Children & Teens — When To Really Worry
Knowing the different phases of child and teen sexual development, common and uncommon behaviors, and how to effectively talk to kids who are behaving this way, protects them from sexual abuse.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Lang

Amy Lang

Childhood Sexuality Expert, Birds & Bees & Kids
Nationally known sexuality educator, speaker and author Amy Lang, MA helps adults discover talking to kids about gender, sexuality, bodies and safety doesn’t have to be scary or overwhelming. Her engaging, humorous and inspiring style shows adults how to turn conversations and situations... Read More →



Tuesday October 30, 2018 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Rainier

1:45pm

Group Mentoring & The Power of Circle
Modeling the function and flow of a typical youth group mentoring circle, we will co-create a set of agreements, share our personal stories, and find connection and meaning in a brave, compassionate space. This session is offered to provide a glimpse into the power of practicing "The Way of Council" as a form of group mentoring with supporting youth to find and amplify their voice. Key takeaways include a framework for circle facilitation, and a deep sense of belonging with other participants.

Speakers
avatar for Alex Craighead

Alex Craighead

Program Director, Journeymen
Local to the Pacific Northwest and a Vashon Island native, Alex is a highly enthusiastic & compassionate educator with 10 years of classroom experience. Dedicated to empowering youth, he earned his Masters in Teaching from Seattle University and currently teaches P.E. at Chautauqua... Read More →
avatar for Nicky Wilks

Nicky Wilks

Executive Director, Journeymen Institute
Nicky Wilks is a catalyst for positive change and a pioneer in the field of youth development. He is the co-founder of Journeymen Institute where he shares his core gifts in guiding transformational experiences and facilitating deep inquiry. As a teacher, mentor, speaker and social... Read More →



Tuesday October 30, 2018 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Seattle

1:45pm

Make Your Mark: Advocacy and SEL Arts-Based Learning
Discover best practices for how to create and implement an after school arts-based, social-emotional learning curriculum. We created the Make Your Mark program to encourage youth development, particularly with underserved youth in Title 1 schools, and any students deemed in need of tools to express emotions. Participants will walk away from the session being able to implement an after-school arts-based SEL program, in which 3rd through 5th graders can identify their emotions, and thereby feel empowered. Participants will know how to emotion coach students to elevate their voices: verbally, through group discussion and oral expression; in writing, through guided journal prompts; non-verbally, through completed art work. Participants will also learn how to work directly with the schools, administrators, PTSA enrichment coordinators, family advocates, etc.

Speakers
avatar for Ashlie Beach

Ashlie Beach

Education Director, Kirkland Arts Center
As the Education Director for the Kirkland Arts Center, Ashlie connects students with instructors, facilitates intraoffice communication and events, and generally keeps the office running smoothly using positive psychology and neurolinguistic programming.


Tuesday October 30, 2018 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Executive Boardroom

1:45pm

Professional Learning in Action
Coming together to make a difference requires education partners to put aside differences and focus on commonalities. The current focus on social and emotional learning (SEL) creates an opportunity for alignment across settings within a school community. Schools and expanded learning programs are powerful contexts where SEL occurs, and working together, these two learning environments can impact young people’s social, emotional, and academic development. Join the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and the Partnership for Children and Youth (PCY) for this interactive session focusing on lessons learned from the California Expanded Learning 360°/365 Professional Learning Community (PLC). AIR will highlight promising practices in coordinating the alignment of SEL strategies across school districts and expanded learning programs.

Speakers
avatar for Fausto Lopez

Fausto Lopez

Senior Ta Consultant, American Institutes for Research
Fausto A. López is a bilingual, Spanish speaking, technical assistance consultant working on youth and educational initiatives at AIR. He provides technical assistance, training, and professional development to diverse audiences across educational sectors. López works with educational... Read More →
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Jaime Singer

Senior TA Consultant, American Institutes for Research
Jaime S. Singer is a senior technical assistance consultant at AIR, where she works on projects for afterschool and expanded learning programs. She designs and implements state and national learning opportunities for the field of afterschool, provides technical assistance to afterschool... Read More →


Tuesday October 30, 2018 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Bellevue 1

1:45pm

Fostering Youth Leadership through Maker Culture
The Maker Movement is becoming mainstream, and Maker Education is re-imagining the learning environment. Within this innovative approach, emerging research and practice-based evidence is indicating a learning environment that fosters youth empowerment competencies for adults and youth. Join me as we explore the spectrum of maker culture, and tested-practices for learning environments that foster youth leadership and amplify youth voice. This session is facilitated with interactive and experiential individual/group work. Let's foster leaders!

Speakers
avatar for Tiffany Y'Vonne

Tiffany Y'Vonne

Community Cultivation Practitioner, iQuark
Tiffany is a multipotentialite loving the Pacific Northwest as a transplanted local. By livelihood she is a Community Cultivation Practitioner recognized by the United Nations accredited International Association for Community Development. Tiffany is certified in SEED Methodology... Read More →



Tuesday October 30, 2018 1:45pm - 3:15pm
VIP Regency Club (Fireside Room)

1:45pm

Problem Based Learning 101: Engaging Students in PBL
This workshop will feature engaging lesson ideas for educators to incorporate Problem Based Learning (PBL) into their class or program. The activities, suggested for elementary school students, are designed to transform youth into inquiring learners, helping them develop higher cognitive skills, and practice different STEM-related techniques and language. Our focus will be around incorporating educational standards and 21st century skills around communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking.

Speakers
avatar for April Nilsen

April Nilsen

Associate Director of Expanded Learning, Washington Alliance for Better Schools
April Nilsen joined WABS in 2014 while completing her graduate degree, which focused on education policy, program evaluation, and nonprofit management. She works on programs that operate outside the traditional school day, including the directing the two 21st Century Community Learning... Read More →
avatar for Cindy Sackett

Cindy Sackett

Director of Operations & Expanded Learning, Washington Alliance for Better Schools
Cindy Sackett is the Director of Operations and Expanded Learning for Washington Alliance for Better Schools. Cindy joined WABS in 2012 after 20 years of accounting experience in the for-profit sector. She transitioned to nonprofit work in 2010 and came to WABS from the Edmonds Public... Read More →


Tuesday October 30, 2018 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Baker

1:45pm

Elevating the Strengths and Building the Capacity of Leaders of Color and People of Color-Led Organizations (CLOSED)
We can all agree that having program staff that are representative of the young people we serve brings great benefits—especially for communities of color. Equally as important and beneficial is ensuring that the opportunities and supports are in place for leaders of color in our field, but a racial leadership gap currently persists. In this session we will gain insights from leaders in the field about the importance of investing in systems that can effectively build the capacity of leaders of color and support culturally-specific and people of color-led organizations in order to expand their provision of quality ELO for youth of color and youth in poverty. We will also learn about a replicable model for supporting emerging leaders of color.

Speakers
avatar for Greg Garcia

Greg Garcia

Community Impact Manager, United Way of King County
Greg is a second generation Filipinx American and child of immigrant parents. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Greg has a background in Psychology, Asian American Studies and a Master’s in Community Counseling. He currently is a community impact manager at United Way... Read More →
avatar for Omana Imani

Omana Imani

King County Expanded Learning Opportunities Systems Director, School's Out Washington
Joining the SOWA team in July 2017, Omana leads the Best Start for Kids Out-of-School Time investment focused on providing funding and program quality training supports to youth serving organizations throughout King County. Omana moved to Seattle in 2013 from the Bay Area, where she... Read More →
avatar for Ruth Obel-Jorgensen

Ruth Obel-Jorgensen

Executive Director, California School-Age Consortium (CalSAC)
Since joining CalSAC in 2008, Ruth has championed the only statewide fellowship for emerging leaders of color in the out-of-school time field, sustained the largest training network in the country, grew grassroots advocacy and civic engagement, and launched a campaign to build capacity... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Carlos Richard

Dr. Carlos Richard

Director - Successful Families 2020, United Way of the Columbia - Willamette
Dr. Richard has an extensive career in public sector work, serving twenty-two years with the State of Oregon in the Department of Human Services in holistic family services, management, diversity practitioner, and union president. He also served three years as a Program Manager with... Read More →


Tuesday October 30, 2018 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Grand 1

1:45pm

The Framework & Momentum for an ELO Quality Systems in Washington State (Systems Track-Closed)
How do we best leverage state, federal and private investments to build a continuous quality improvement system and accountability across the age continuum that supports high-quality programs serving children and youth from birth through young adults? The Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) Quality Initiative gave Washington State an opportunity to use a private/public funding model to test quality practices and develop tools for the ELO field through a research-based process.

This panel of ELO stakeholders who served as advisory members for Washington State’s Expanded Learning Opportunities Quality Initiative will share lessons learned about the legislation, funding, and research that contributed to building a strong foundation for the ELO quality system. Learn about the exciting next steps that will continue the work and integrate these best practices and tools into other school-age and youth development systems.

Speakers
avatar for Molly Branson-Thayer

Molly Branson-Thayer

Senior Director, University of Washington- Cultivate Learning
Molly Branson Thayer, Ed.D. is Senior Director of Cultivate Learning at the University of Washington’s College of Education. In this role, Dr. Branson Thayer supports inter-disciplinary research focused on improving educational opportunities for children and families.Prior to joining... Read More →
avatar for Jackie Jainga-Hyllseth

Jackie Jainga-Hyllseth

Chief Program Quality Officer, School's Out Washington
Jackie Jainga-HyllsethChief Program Quality OfficerJackie leads SOWA’s statewide efforts to promote program quality and increase the use of quality assessment and improvement processes in afterschool and youth development programs. She has experience in program planning, organizational... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Rose

Nicole Rose

Director of Eligibility and Provider Supports, Department of Children Youth and Families
Nicole Rose served most recently as the Assistant Director for the Quality Practice and Professional Growth (QPPG) division with the Department of Early Learning. In that role, Nicole’s portfolio included Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP), Early Achievers... Read More →
avatar for Juliet Taylor

Juliet Taylor

Program Officer, Raikes Foundation
Juliet Taylor joined the Raikes Foundation as a program officer in 2015 to lead the foundation’s Expanded Learning Opportunities strategy. Prior to joining the Raikes Foundation, Juliet spent six years at the Washington State Department of Early Learning leading the Race to the... Read More →


Tuesday October 30, 2018 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Grand 7

3:30pm