Join us for our comprehensive Pre-Conference Academies, aimed at helping you create change both personally and professionally. These intensive sessions are designed to give participants an in-depth learning experience in specific areas. They are intended to rejuvenate your body, mind, and spirit as well as build capacity by inspiring you to become an agent for change.

Pre-Conference Academy sessions are either half or full-day events (3-8 hours) and include workshop materials*. Pre-registration is mandatory. Please see individual academy descriptions below for exact times. You must be registered to attend the BOOST Conference in order to attend a Pre-Conference Academy.

NOTE: You cannot register on-site for Pre-Conference Academies. The deadline to register for all Pre-Conference Academy sessions is April 15, 2022. 

You cannot switch your Pre-Conference Academy registration on-site. You may only attend the Pre-Conference Academy you registered for online.

Tuesday, April 26

Framework for Understanding Poverty

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9:00AM - 4:00PM
$250 per person - includes lunch and all materials

Presenter: Dr. Ruby K. Payne, Founder, aha! Process, Highlands, TX 

Explore class differences and 10 actions you can implement in your classroom or program to improve the success of low-SES students. This workshop is based on Dr. Ruby K. Payne’s book A Framework for Understanding Poverty, which has sold more than 1.5 million copies.

Educators who participate in this training will:

  • Use concrete instructional strategies to help students from poverty
  • Understand hidden rules of economic class and effects on behaviors and mindsets
  • Develop stronger relationships with students to impact behavior
  • Reduce discipline referrals

Click here to learn more about this Pre-Conference Academy.


Safe Sound logo10:00AM - 4:00PM
$150 per person (includes lunch and materials)

Presenter: Karissa Luckett, RN, BSN, MSW, Senior Clinical and Quality Operations Director, Safe & Sound, San Francisco, CA

Join the Center for Youth Wellness, a Program of Safe and Sound, for a full day, five-part series grounded in a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion that creates better outcomes for children, families, and communities.

This Pre-conference Academy will include a holistic response to the critical and dynamic needs of our community during this unprecedented time around the following topics:

  • The Science of ACEs and Toxic Stress
  • Building Resilience with the Seven Domains of Wellness
  • Trauma-Informed Practices
  • Self-Care and Burnout
  • Relational, Strengths-Based Approaches to ACEs and Trauma

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Fundraising Academy

fundraising academy logo 11:00AM-4:00PM
$65 per person - includes lunch

Presenters: Jack Alotto, Certified Fundraising Executive, Fundraising Academy @ National University, La Jolla, CA

The Online Cause Selling Accelerate is an online fundraising certificate program that teaches and empowers new and intermediate fundraisers to effectively identify, qualify, cultivate, and retain individual donors by building authentic, lasting relationships. Through the interactive, cohort-based training model, attendees will:

  • Connect and collaborate with their cohort peers
  • Explore effective prospecting and lead qualification strategies
  • Practice their pitch to successfully secure donor support
  • Redefine donor objections
  • Discover digital fundraising tools
  • Learn how to assess and approach different social styles
  • Better understand their ethical responsibilities

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Flourish Agenda logo 11:00AM - 5:00PM
$150 per person - includes lunch and all materials

Presenters: Lee Porscha Moore, Ed.D., LCSW, Senior Trainer; Marquis Engle, Senior Trainer, Flourish Agenda, Oakland, CA

This session will focus on Healing-Centered Engagement strategies for after school, expanded learning, and out-of-school time professionals including what Healing-Centered Engagement is, why it’s important, and how to implement it. These strategies have been cultivated from over 30 years of conducting camps for youth of color and research from Dr. Shawn Ginwright, Flourish Agenda’s CEO. Join us for a session full of Healing and Inspiration.

Flourish Agenda is a national nonprofit consulting firm that works with youth of color, schools, youth-serving organizations, foundations, and local governments to build and implement strategies that allow young people to flourish.

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Pre-Conference Academy contact

Do you have any questions about our Pre-Conference Academies? Please contact:

Program Coordinator
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Please note: Name badges are required to attend all BOOST Conference events including all meals and all workshops.

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