2011 BOOST Scholarship Recipients

"The interactive BOOST conference pulls together experts in the field of after-school programming who share valuable tools and lessons learned. The opportunity to connect with a diverse group of direct service and in direct service personnel in the OST field, helps validate the work you are doing. I left with a bunch of new curriculum, a loaded OST tool belt, and a positive mental outlook. I learned not just the importance of managing ones time, but ones energy. I was able to dis-engage from my everyday work for a few days only to come home to Philadelphia feeling more re-engaged. If you are looking for both a personal and professional development opportunity, BOOST has just that. The energy and experience brought in by professionals from over 44 states is contagious and key to one remaining balanced as we continue to fulfill our mission, to empower youth and help them find what is best within themselves."

Claire McEachern
Federation of Neighborhood Centers
Philadelphia, PA


Jasmine Coaston
Central Clinic
Cincinnati, OH


2010 BOOST Scholarship Recipients

“Thank you very much for honoring me with a Scholarship to the 2010 BOOST Conference.  I attended interesting workshops on a variety of topics including Global Education, Youth Media, Resource Development, and trends in Federal Funding for After School Programs.  I gained invaluable knowledge and resources to implement in my work with youth and share with my colleagues.  I was also excited to meet and network with other Out of School Time professionals and learn about all the amazing youth development work that is happening across the country.  I left feeling re-energized and inspired to continue my work with youth and develop innovative programming to best support youth during Out of School Time.”

Amberley Middleton
International Rescue Committee
San Diego, CA


“Thanks to the BOOST Scholarship, I was able to attend the BOOST Conference in Palm Springs for the first time this year. As someone relatively new to afterschool, I recognize I still have a lot to learn and BOOST was a fabulous venue to do so. There was a huge selection of sessions offered and I was very impressed with the ones I attended. There were lots of opportunities to network, and I came away with valuable contacts and even new friends. I was able to browse products offered by the exhibitors, including curriculum my organization later purchased. I came back rejuvenated, excited and full of ideas. (The Palm Springs setting doesn't hurt either!). I would highly recommend the BOOST Conference to anyone involved with out of school time programming.”

Rebecca Watts
Education Based Latino Outreach
Baltimore, MD


Sarah Shoucair
Arab Community Center and Social Services
Dearborn, MI


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