Events and Keynotes
Below is a detailed schedule of events, keynotes, and what to expect at the 2019 BOOST Conference!
*Please note this schedule is subject to change
TUESDAY, APRIL 30
9:00AM - 5:00PM
Mental Health First Aid - Youth
Youth Mental Health First Aid® USA is an 8-hour in-person training program — like traditional First Aid or CPR — designed to give participants the skills to help adolescents age 12-18 who are developing a mental health problem or experiencing an emotional crisis. The course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to recognize and respond to warning signs and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care. Participants do not learn to diagnose, nor how to provide any therapy or counseling – rather, they learn to support a youth by applying a five-step action plan, “ALGEE:”
- Assess for risk of suicide or harm
- Listen nonjudgmentally
- Give reassurance and information
- Encourage appropriate professional help
- Encourage self-help and other support strategies
9:00AM - 5:00PM
Fulfill the Dream
Bringing culturally relevant social and emotional learning (SEL) to your students through the only online Hip-Hop(e) SEL program that embraces mindsets, cultural diversity, equity, and social justice for middle and high school students.
The top ten careers last year didn't exist six years ago, and research suggests that 50% of high school students will end up in a job that doesn't exist yet. So with these realities in mind, how do we prepare young people, particularly young people of color, to have the skills to thrive in the 21st century? Our answer is that we must engage youth in culturally relevant ways, and that we can demonstrate how their culture(s) already embody the critical, creative, and social and emotional competencies required to create, and enter into the careers of tomorrow.
This certification training will help educators and youth development professionals, both veterans and beginners, understand both the theoretical and practical methods to engaging youth to go from surviving to thriving. Combining best practice in social and emotional learning, culturally relevant pedagogy, and social justice youth development; participants will learn the engagement practices necessary to make Fulfill the Dream come to life in an out of school time setting.
11:00AM - 5:00PM
FISH! For Schools
FISH! For Schools is a family of solutions developed by educators, that help you create remarkable school culture. It builds a community where the staff is supportive and passionate, students are caring and focused, and everyone is excited about learning. FISH! For Schools helps you improve:
- Morale and Teamwork
- Engaged Learning
- Positive Behavior
BOOST Conference Orientation
BOOST Conference Attendee Promising Practices: How to Navigate the Conference and Make the Most of Your Professional Development Experience
Are you new to BOOST? Have you attend BOOST in the past but need a refresher? Stay up-to-date on attendee promising practices during our on-site orientation to help you maximize your time and learning before the conference, during the conference and how to stay connected post conference. Topics covered:
- Preparing for the conference
- How to get involved and play a leadership role at BOOST
- Tips on Networking
- Navigating the Exhibit Hall
- Determining the best learning opportunities for your professional development needs
- How to use the conference app to maximize your conference experience and much, much more!
BOOST Conference Orientation will take place every hour on Tuesday, April 30 (1:00PM - 5:00PM)
Room location: Palm Springs Convention Center Lobby
BOOST Swim Club
1:00PM - 5:00PM
Not attending a Pre-conference Academy? No problem. Catch some rays, good vibes, and gear up for the conference. Dance to the grooves of our resident DJ and play water games during this pre-conference networking mixer! Sunscreen not included.
5:30PM - 6:30PM
Join us for our early evening reunion and welcome reception poolside. Connect with colleagues and make new friends while the sun sets against the San Jacinto mountains. A perfect way to start the conference!
Annual Hat Contest
BOOST is continuing our creative and fun tradition at our Annual Opening Reception so get ready to celebrate in style. Show up at the opening poolside reception on Tuesday evening and show off. Don’t forget to bring a hat! Glamorous headpieces, outrageous-themed head wear, fancy floral arrangements, sports-themed caps, or boost your company/agency flair!
Be entered into 1 of 3 different Hat Contest categories: Most Glamorous, Best Theme, and Most Creative.
The BOOST Welcome Reception is truly a day to celebrate in Palm Springs with colleagues from all over the globe.
6:30PM - 9:30PM
Looking for dinner plans while at the BOOST Conference? Want to meet and network with new, awesome and like-minded BOOSTers? Join our Pop-up Dinners for just that purpose! Space is limited. *Please note that you must be registered to attend the 2019 BOOST Conference with your account paid in full in order to register for a Pop-Up Dinner.
Escape Room Palm Springs- TUESDAY-FRIDAY
6:00PM - 9:30PM
A fun and exciting team building experience where you and your team will work together to achieve a common goal, and in doing so, bond, strengthen your relationships, and improve communication and teamwork. Each game is 60-minutes in length and includes an orientation and debriefing after each game. Who will escape first?
The Escape Room will be offering a special rate of $20 per attendee, per game throughout the entire week of the BOOST Conference.
*You must be registered and your account paid in full to register your team for an escape room experience and receive a BOOST Conference discount of $20 per game.
*To book an escape room experience, please call or text 310-850-0475 (text preferred) and use the Promo Code I AM BOOST. Credit card payments preferred.
*Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Escape Room Palm Springs is located at 2500 North Palm Canyon Drive B3, Palm Springs, CA 92262. BOOSTers are responsible for their own transportation.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 1
Breakfast with Exhibitors
Mingle with our exhibitors and enjoy a healthy breakfast in the Exhibit Hall. It's a great way to start your day!
Conference Opening & General Session
8:45AM - 9:45AM
2019 OSTI (Out-of-School Time Innovations) Awards
BOOST Break with Exhibitors & Meet the Authors
9:45AM - 10:15AM
Join your colleagues in the Exhibit Hall for networking and lots of awesome raffle prizes! Mingle with Exhibitors and have the opportunity to learn about the latest resources, curriculum, and services to enhance your program. See your conference program for the Meet the Authors schedule.
Lunch & General Session
12:30PM - 1:30PM
BOOST Break with Exhibitors & Meet the Authors
1:30PM - 2:30PM
Join your colleagues in the Exhibit Hall for snacks, networking, and lots of awesome raffle prizes! Mingle with Exhibitors and have the opportunity to learn about the latest resources, curriculum, and services to enhance your program. See your conference program for the Meet the Authors schedule.
BOOST Live Networking Reception
4:45PM - 6:00PM
Duck, Duck, BOOST Relay Race
Race starts at 6PM in the pool!
Oh yes, it’s a new twist on the classic Duck Race! Get your ducks in a row during BOOST Live on Wednesday evening and cheer on our duck racers in the Duck, Duck, BOOST Relay Race in the pool! Who will be the lucky duck?!
Duck, Duck, BOOST is a fundraiser for the BOOST Conference Scholarship Fund. This fund was developed in order to provide financial assistance for a lucky duck to attend next year's conference! Duck, Duck BOOST is a 50/50 fundraiser. 50% of the collected funds go towards the scholarship fund and 50% goes to the winning ticket holder. $5 BUCKS PER DUCK!
BOOST Homecoming Party - SUPERHERO SPECTACULAR
7:00PM-12:00AM- Homecoming Dance Party
7:00PM Bring your VIP ticket and redeem for a free beer (while supplies last)
8:30PM Superhero costume contest
9:30PM Headphone distribution for Silent Disco
10:00PM Silent Disco
All night long- Take a photo at the Peachjar photo booth. Don’t forget to use #boostconference
THURSDAY, MAY 2
6:45AM - 8:30AM
Get up, wake up, rejuvenate! Bring your friends (and meet new ones) for Morning Recess. Maximize your morning and set the tone for your day.
Tour de BOOST Walk/Scavenger Hunt
Join fellow BOOSTers on a fun Tour de BOOST walk and scavenger hunt around Palm Springs. This 3-mile hunt through scenic Palm Springs will lead you to some of Hollywood's most famous stars' Palm Springs getaways. Enjoy a beautiful Palm Springs morning, get some exercise, and best of all, connect with other BOOSTers as you figure out which Hollywood stars' homes you are going to visit!
All Tour de BOOST participants will meet in front of the Palm Springs Convention Center on the East Lawn. Please be prepared to complete paperwork and form your Tour de BOOST team at 6:45AM. Teams will receive their clues and start the race promptly at 7:00AM. Late arrivals cannot be accommodated. Please wear comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes. One smartphone and Twitter account will be needed per team to complete the scavenger hunt. If you don't have your own, bring a friend! Complimentary bottled water and snacks will be provided.
All Tour de BOOST participants must pre-register for this event. To sign up, access your online BOOST registration account, select Tour de BOOST, and make your payment. To sign up at the conference, visit the BOOST Collaborative Booth (0101 & 0105) in the Exhibit Hall. $20 Tour de BOOST fees are non-refundable and all proceeds benefit our 2019 Giveback Organization.
Breakfast with Exhibitors
Mingle with our exhibitors and enjoy a healthy breakfast in the Exhibit Hall. It’s a great way to start your day!
Opening & General Session
8:45AM-8:55AM BOOST Mass Meditation
Coming together with a shared intention can have a profound impact on our lives, our communities, and our universe. Experience a moment of peaceful mindfulness lead by Jeffrey Zlotnik, Founder of The Meditation Initiative. We will bring our global community together to create deeper connections to ourselves, to our work and each other.
9:00AM - 9:45AM Keynote Address
Dr. Shawn Ginwright
Chief Executive Officer, Flourish Agenda Inc., Oakland, CA and Associate Professor of Education and African American Studies, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
Dr. Ginwright is an Associate Professor of Education in the Africana Studies Department and Senior Research Associate for the Cesar Chavez Institute for Public Policy at San Francisco State University. In 1999, he received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. His research examines the ways in which youth in urban communities navigate through the constraints of poverty and struggle to create equality and justice in their schools and communities.
Learn more about Dr. Ginwright.
Evaluation Cabana Hosted by American Institutes for Research
9:00AM - 3:00PM
For the fifth year in a row, AIR is hosting an Evaluation Cabana where you can meet one-on-one with one of AIR’s evaluation experts to discuss program evaluation and assessment. If you have ever wondered if your program is too new to evaluate or if an outside evaluator is needed, be sure to sign up.
Register for a complimentary 40-minute time slot on Thursday, May 2, in our poolside cabana at no additional cost (must be a registered conference attendee). Space is limited to six participants. REGISTER HERE
Some example questions are:
- Is my program too new to evaluate? How do I know where to start?
- Should I use grades and test scores to evaluate my program?
- How many participants do I need to have data to show an impact?
- Does an outside evaluator need to conduct my evaluation?
- How do I assess social and emotional skills?
Don't let these questions limit you!
As we know, quality programming and evaluation is the result of intentional planning, sharing, and reflection. Come see us in the cabana to learn more about developing, implementing, evaluating, and improving your afterschool program.
Networking Lunch & Meet the Authors
12:00PM - 1:00PM
Lunch will be served in the exhibit hall. Grab your lunch and take this opportunity to mix and mingle with exhibitors and participate in our Meet the Authors series throughout the exhibit hall.
BOOST Break with Exhibitors & Meet the Authors
2:30PM - 3:30PM
Join your colleagues in the Exhibit Hall for snacks, networking and lots of awesome raffle prizes! Mingle with Exhibitors and have the opportunity to learn about the latest resources, curriculum, and services to enhance your program. See your conference program for the Meet the Authors schedule.
Enjoy an hour of exclusive promotions and discounts from selected vendors in our Exhibit Hall. Shop 'Til You BOOST!
THINK RED Inspire & Paint
6:00PM - 8:30PM
The event will be hosted by professional artist and drag queen Xrystal from Wine and Paint Social and BOOST Collaborative.
Please join us for a fun event of painting while raising funds to benefit organizations that serve the San Diego HIV & AIDS community. This fun event will be guided by professional artist, Nathan Mohle, BFA of San Diego, CA.
100% of the proceeds go to the San Diego non-profit Think Red Project.
TICKET INFORMATION- $25
• 2 hours of professional painting instruction
• Use of acrylic paints, paintbrushes, and easel
• 11" x 14” canvas for you to take home
Drink specials will be available for BOOST attendees participating in this event.
Think Red Project & Red Dress Party San Diego / www.reddresspartysd.com
Login and register for this event here
VillageFest Street Fair
6:00PM - 10:00PM
Locals and tourists happily mingle at the Palm Springs VillageFest held year-round every Thursday evening on Palm Canyon Drive. An open-air street fair with more than 200 booths offering live music, fresh fruit stands, artists, craftsman, unique foods, and street entertainers to charm the crowd is a must for conference-goers. Admission is free and within walking distance from all of the BOOST conference hotels!
The Palm Springs Art Museum offers free public admission every Thursday evening from 4-8PM during VillageFest! The Art Museum currently has 28 galleries, five art storage vaults, two sculpture gardens, four classrooms/resource centers, a 90-seat lecture hall, the 433-seat Annenberg Theater, a Museum Store and a Café in an architecturally significant building designed by architect E. Stewart Williams at the base of Mount San Jacinto. An adjacent Administration building contains offices and a 12,000-volume Library.
Karaoke Party & Talent Show at Peabody’s Café
7:30PM - 9:30PM
Calling all BOOST superstars! It’s time to get down and get your groove on at the BOOST Talent Show! You can bring your team, your friends, or come and find your new crew. Sit back and relax, people-watch from the sidewalk patio, or join in the karaoke party and let your talent shine! Don’t forget to wear your BOOST name badge… drink specials will be available exclusively for BOOST attendees.
*Peabody’s is located at 134 S Palm Canyon Drive in downtown Palm Springs.
Poolside Dive-In Movie (Free event!)
8:00PM - 10:00PM
Gather poolside in a chaise lounge or on a raft in the pool and watch the film on the big screen! Drink and appetizer specials will be available. Rafts and BOOST beach towels will be available for purchase at the BOOST Gear Shop in the Exhibit Hall on Wednesday & Thursday only.
FRIDAY, MAY 3
It's a new twist on breakfast! Meet us on the PSCC East Lawn for a breakfast festival experience with a food truck, drum circle, lawn games, and yoga (BYOM- bring your own mat!) Coffee and breakfast items will be available for purchase. This is the perfect opportunity to say your farewells before heading to the closing & raffle.
Closing & Raffle
11:15AM - 12:00PM
Don't miss our fun and energetic conference closing with thousands of dollars worth of raffle prizes! Get your raffle tickets at the door for a chance to win!
You have attended workshops, networking events, met with exhibitors - now what? Take this opportunity to intentionally connect with your colleagues and begin your action planning and next steps. We have complimentary meeting space for you and your team to retreat and begin the process to focus on ideas and setting goals for end-of-year, summer, and upcoming school year.